The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, formerly known as the Central Academy of Arts & Design, was established in 1956 and merged with Tsinghua University in 1999. The Academy has a long and distinguished history, a comprehensive set of disciplines, well-resourced teaching, research and experimental facilities and enjoys an excellent reputation both at home and abroad. Its discipline of Design was rated as A+, Fine Art and Art Theory were both rated as A- in the fourth round of academic evaluation by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2017. Also, its Design discipline was included as one of the “first rate disciplines” in the Chinese Ministry of Education’s prestigious “Double First-rate” list in the same year. In 2019, the Academy ranked 18th in the QS World University rankings for Arts and Design.
At present, there are 10 departments and a Basic Teaching & Research Group covering 20 undergraduate programs. The Academy has the authority to confer doctoral degrees in the three arts disciplines of "Design", "Fine Arts" and "Art Theory". The faculty is highly qualified and includes a large number of influential artists, designers and scholars who are active leaders in domestic and foreign disciplines. The Academy has established friendly exchange relationships with 62 well-known universities in the United States, Britain, France, Australia, Japan and other countries, and dozens of international and domestic experts and famous scholars are invited to China to teach courses every year. The Tsinghua Arts and Design Institute in Milan (ADIM) was officially founded on April 17th, 2018. It serves as an important hub in Europe for the art and design departments of Tsinghua University to cultivate international talent. By integrating global educational resources, ADIM will provide students with interdisciplinary, cross-regional and cross-cultural learning, researching and internship opportunities. ADIM builds excellent learning conditions and environments for cultivating innovative talents with global competence and the challenges of globalization.
Tsinghua University has been committing itself to equipping students with a solid knowledge foundation, academic excellence, good personal qualities, innovative thinking, global vision, as well as a strong sense of mission and social responsibility, helping students to achieve their full potential while also encouraging development of individuality. Bearing these goals in mind, the Academy of Arts & Design has always been working to deepen the reform of education and teaching. Through cultivating innovative artistic talent with an international mind, ambitious dreams, skills to meet the needs of the times and a strong sense of responsibility, the Academy strives to establish itself as a world-famous academy of fine arts.
1. Eligibility and Application Procedures
Please see：2020 Undergraduate Programs of Tsinghua University (Admission for International Applicants)
2. Application Deadlines
NOTE：Online application (Beijing Time): Design and Fine Arts are open ONLY in the first round of application, Art History is open in all rounds of application.
2.1 First Round Application
Design and Fine Arts are open ONLY in this round.
Online application (Beijing Time): 8:00 AM August 20—5:00 PM October 11, 2019
2.2 Second Round Application
Online application (Beijing Time): 8:00 AM October 12—5:00 PM November 30, 2019
2.3 Third Round Application
Online application (Beijing Time): 8:00 AM December 1, 2019—5:00 PM January 3, 2020
The result will be issued by late March, 2020.
3. Undergraduate Programs, Enrollment and Examination Subjects
4. Examination Schedule and Requirements
4.1 Examination: November 30th, 2019
Applicants who have passed the Application Review will be admitted to the exam, with the passport of yourself. The time and venue will be informed in advance.
4.3 Interview: December 1st, 2019
Please take all original materials and the corresponding copies when interviewed, with paper portfolio voluntarily (about 20 works on A4).
The time and venue of the interview will be informed in advance.
5.1 Method of Admission:
The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of academic performance, language ability, supporting materials as well as intergrative test (if applicable).
·Design & Fine Arts
Applicants who are above the minimum admission requirements will be ranked according to their total scores, and given the limited amount of admission places, those who with a higher score will be given offers. In principle, for any single country, the number of admissions offers must not exceed 15% of the total annual enrollment.
The total score is calculated as follows:
Qualifications and achievements in field of study (out of 300 points)÷3×70%＋interview score (out of 100 points)×30% (i.e. qualifications will account for 70%; interview for 30%)
Please refer to the enrollment standards of the Humanities and Social Science program of Tsinghua University.
5.2 About admission to programs
For Design and Fine Arts applicants who meet the admission criteria, the offers to each program will be given according to the ranking of total score, if the total score is the same, the applicants who get higher subject score will be given offers. Applicants will be given offers according to the first choice, otherwise the second choice, or redeployed to other program in the same discipline if applicants accept. If applicants cannot accept redeployment, offers will not be given.
6. Contact Information
Academy of Arts & Design
Haidian District, Beijing, 100084
P. R. China