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The College of Arts at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) was established in August, 1982 on the merger of the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Music (both previously under the College of Liberal Arts), and the Department of Industrial Arts Education (currently Department of Technology Application and Human Resource Development). The College went on to witness the departure of the Department of Industrial Technology Education to join the College of Technology in Academic Year 1998, as well as its own subsequent expansions with the establishments of the Graduate Institute of Design, the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology, the Graduate Institute of Performing Arts, the Graduate Institute of Art History, and the Department of Visual Design. The Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology and the Graduate Institute of Performing Arts later joined the Department of Music in a reorganization effort to form the College of Music in Academic Year 2007. The College of Arts has since been focusing on the creation and research of visual arts. In December 2009, with the support and subsidies from the Ministry of Education and the University, Research Center for Conservation of Cultural Relics was formed. In Academic Year 2012, the Department of Design was formed on the merger of the undergraduate programs of Visual Design/Interior Design (then under the Department of Industrial Education), and the Graduate Institute of Design. The College thus comprises Department of Fine Arts, Department of Design and Graduate Institute of Art History, offering bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and bachelor’s/master’s/PhD degrees in fine arts, design, and literature.

When the College was inaugurated, Prof. Da-Shen CHANG served as the first Dean. In 1985, NTNU President Shang -Yung LIANG served concurrently as the College Dean. Subsequently, Prof. Shiow-Chung LIANG (Department of Fine Arts) succeeded to the deanship, followed by Prof. Ta-Wei LEE (Department of Industrial Education), Prof. You-Hsiu CHEN (Department of Music),Prof. Tai-Sheng KANG (Graduate Institute of Design), Prof. Chin-Lang CHANG (Department of Music), Prof. Chiung-Hua CHEN (Department of Fine Arts), Prof. Jui-Kun HSU (Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology), Prof. Chang-Te LIN (Department of Fine Arts), Prof. Cheng-Ming LEE (Department of Fine Arts) and Prof. Chin-Lung HUANG (Department of Fine Arts). Prof. Chun-Liang Lin (Department of Design) is serving as the incumbent Dean.

Incepted in 1947, the Department of Fine Arts enjoys the longest history among art higher education institutions in the country and boasts top-notch faculty members. We have also been privileged to have  masters in both Western and Chinese paintings on our faculty from the early days to the present, including Jun-Bi HUANG, Hsin-Yu PU, Chi-Chun LIAO, Shih-Chiao LI, Pai-Sui MA, Yu-Shan LIN, Huei-Kun CHEN, etc. Additionally, the College has recruited outstanding contemporary fine arts scholars to serve as honorary professors and chair professors, including Profs. Hsiu-Hsiung WANG, Shan-Hsi CHENG, Ching-Jung CHEN,  Yin-Hui CHEN, Shiou-Ping LIAO, Guo-Song LIU, A-Sun WU, Guang-Nan HUANG, Ming-Shian JIANG, Pang-Soong Lin, and Oskar Batschmann (Swiss), etc. Moreover, the College has conferred honorary professorship to Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the honorary artist title to Ms. Judy Ongg.
 
Many of our alumni are currently holding key positions in art-related academic and administrative institutions, being well recognized for their outstanding achievements in the artistic arena, both domestically and internationally.

At present, the Department of Arts offers BA/MA/PhD program on a full-time basis as well as a MA program on a part-time in-service basis. The BA program provides specialized training in two separate tracks, Western painting and Chinese ink painting while the MA/PhD programs are divided into Art Creation, Art Education, Art Administration and Management, Art History, and Art Criticism. The building of Department of Fine Arts houses the well-appointed Teh-Chun Art Gallery, purpose-designed classrooms, a library with an extensive collection, and other teaching facilities including large plaster models imported from Europe.
 
The Department of Design offers BA/MA programs on a full-time basis as well as a MA program on a part-time in-service basis. Curriculum of the BA program focuses on “diversification” while the highly practical MA/PhD programs are “creation oriented,” with advanced design-focused integrated courses including management, project planning, marketing and policies. The department is equipped with high-end cutting-edge facilities including a variety of labs for integrated and innovative design, image and design psychology and video/audio editing, etc. At the end of 2012, Cultural & Creative Industries Center was founded in a response to the national cultural & creative industries development policy to increase the know-how and hands-on participation for students. The move has in turn led to NTNU’s superior competitive edge in the cultural and creative industries via providing aesthetic value added professional services.
 
Established in 2008, the Graduate Institute of Art History (GIAH) offers two tracks of study: Western Art History and Eastern Art History. The Western Art History track focuses primarily on painting, architecture and art crafts from the 15th century to 21st century. The Eastern Art History track focuses on four major categories: painting and visual culture, art crafts and architecture, exchange between Asian arts and Taiwanese arts. GIAH enjoys a wealth of research resources including books purchased from the Gernot Prunner Library and a rich array of books on Western arts. These collections give GIAH one of the most substantial book collections and research resources in Asian and modern Western art history among academic institutes in Taiwan.
 
The College has preserved works created by previous graduates with substantial quantity and quality and can serve as a significant reference in the research of development history of Taiwanese arts since Taiwan’s restoration from Japan in 1945. In view of the importance in preserving the collections, the College set up the Research Center for Conservation of Cultural Relics and a restoration lab at the Department of Fine Arts to engage in important domestic and overseas arts and crafts restoration projects. By creating a first-tier restoration lab with comprehensive functions, dedicated teaching space and a team of topnotch experts, the College spares no efforts in cultivating talents in arts and crafts restoration and research.
 
The College enjoys a prestigious tradition and reputation in arts and design with widely recognized faculty members, alumni and education concepts both domestically and internationally. NTNU Arts Festival, an annual festival held in Mar-Jun, is a key event in a series of art activities hosted by the College of Arts. The festival always brings festive cheers to the campus and local community. In recent years, the College has been making active efforts to promote international cooperation with peer colleges and academies of fine arts through exchanging visits, signing academic cooperative agreements, inviting outstanding teachers from Taiwan and abroad, co-organizing cross-country exhibitions, developing academic cooperation projects and organizing international academic conferences. By so doing, the College encourages students to compete internationally, and has become a favored destination for many international students in pursuit of advanced study. In terms of future development, the College will act in line with the university development plan in stages to continue developing the characteristics of its departments/centers. Meanwhile, the College strives to strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation among its departments and centers through support and complementary measures. As part of the plan, the College will work to combine art creation and theory studies with our prestigious tradition, multi-faceted contemporary view and international visions. The college plans to establish an international printmaking center in academic year 2014 to promote the international exchange of printmaking arts and actively sets up a dedicated fine arts museum with modern equipment to provide top quality exhibition space and exchange platform for international arts exhibitions and performances.
 
 
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