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Academy of Arts & Design

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Mission Statement

Always making a point of fostering the students' innovation spirit and ability, the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, keeps expanding the students' horizon to improve their comprehensive quality, while strengthening teaching of fundamental major courses. At the Academy, great attention is paid to the studies of fine heritage of folk arts of all nationalities both at home and abroad. Also, attaching great importance to academic exchanges, the Academy keeps introducing and studying the latest foreign thoughts and methodology of fine arts and artistic design. It advocates the spirit of being precise in pursuing studies, relation theory to practice and seeking truth from fact, and stresses the need to suit design to lives, and the combination of design and craft manufacture, and that of art and science. Students are trained to acutely grasp the changing trend and pace of social and cultural life. The Academy strives to create lively academic atmosphere and fine education environment.

International Role

Since 1956, the Academy has established friendly exchanges with over twenty overseas universities, including Tokyo Art University in Japan, the Art College of Chicago in the U.S., the School of Fine Arts of the University of Washington, The College of Art MIT, University of Art and Design Helsinki and so on. It has invited celebrated experts, professors and scholars of artistic design from over twenty countries in Europe, America, Asia to give lectures.

National Role

Students graduating from the Academy are well received in the society with their fine quality. They work at State organs, news and press, institutions of higher learning, culture and art organizations, research institutes, as well as various enterprises, making significant contribution to the country's economic development and cultural and ideological progress, and to the prosperity and development of its art design and fine arts undertaking.

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Faculties and Departments

The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University is the first higher education institute of arts and design in China, with The Central Academy of Arts & Design being its predecessor, was established in 1956 and merged into Tsinghua University in 1999.

In addition to a basic teaching and research group, there are ten departments to cover textile and fashion design, ceramic design, visual communication design, environmental art design, industrial design, arts and crafts, information art & design, painting, sculpture, and art history.

Currently the Academy has a full-time faculty team of 172 members, including 66 professors,94 associate professors, and 10 lecturers.

Bachelor Level Programs

BA in textile & fashion design

BA in product design (textile design)

BA in ceramic design 

BA in virual communication design

BA in product design

BA in product design (vehicle styling design)

BA in arts & science (exhibition design)

BA in arts & science (information design)

BA in animation

BA in photography

BA in environmental art design

BA in arts & crafts ( fiber art)

BA in arts & crafts (glass art)

BA in arts & crafts (metal art)

BA in arts & crafts (lacquer art)

BA in Chinese painting

BA in painting (oil painting)

BA in painting (print making)

BA in painting (mural)

BA in sculpture

BA in art history

Master Level Programs

MA in art history

MA in textile & fashion design

MA in ceramic design

MA in industrial design

MA in environmental art design

MA in graphic design

MA in information art & design

MA in sculpture

MA in arts & crafts

MA in painting 

MA in fine arts

Research Activity and Main Areas


Doctorate Level Programs

DA in art history

DA in fine arts

DA in design

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

all fields of design

Application Deadlines

Application Schedule:

For spring semester program: October 15 – November 30(previous year)

For fall semester program: March 15 –May 15(present year)

Teaching Languages

English & Chinese

Semester Dates

For spring semester: the end of Feburary – the end of July

For fall semester: the beginning of September-the beginning of January 

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

$500 per month living on campus or $1000 per month living out of campus


Bachelor: 1085
Master: 691
Doctorate: 428

Exchange Students

Incoming: 10
Outgoing: 40

Teaching Staff

Professors: 160
Lectures: 10

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