Zhejiang China:China Art Education Symposium opens at CAA


Edited BY:胡心云



The second China Art Education Symposium, jointly organized by China Academy of Art (CAA) and the Commission of Teaching Instruction on Fine Arts of Higher Learning Institutions of the Ministry of Education, was held at CAA's Xiangshan Campus in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on Nov 22.


Academic leaders, professors and officials listen to a speech at the second China Art Education Symposium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on Nov 22. 


The whole symposium has been divided into an opening ceremony and eight keynote addresses by leaders and professors from Chinese arts universities in the morning, and three workshops on academic journals and the development of the arts and fine arts disciplines in the afternoon.


Posters promoting the symposium hang in CAA's Xiangshan Campus in Hangzhou. 


In September 2017, a selected list of universities and colleges, which will participate in the national construction plan of world-class universities and first-class disciplines, was jointly released by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission.Since the formation of this "Double First-Class" initiative, China's arts education system has met new challenges and opportunities. How can Chinese arts education developed by the "Double First-Class" initiative? That was the focus on this year's symposium. 


With clear goals, the Symposium finally agreed the "Hangzhou Consensus - Art Discipline Development Led by the Double First-Class Initiative", based on the Hangzhou Consensus" achieved at the first China Art Education Symposium last year. 


The consensus puts forward: 

1.Art education led by the "Double First-Class" initiative should be based on two fundamental points: Traditional culture and cultural confidence. And push forward the innovation of traditional culture in order to build China into a cultural power.


2.Develop a talent-training system based on features of arts education focusing on talents' morality, all-round development and creativity. It combines moral education, professional training and culture inheritance. Moreover, it emphasizes innovation derived from tradition and makes art a means of fostering a social and public aesthetic education environment. 


3.Build a national evaluation standard based on both arts research and creative practice. Develop a national alliance of arts universities featuring openness, sharing and collaboration to produce an evaluation standard recognized by the industry. Each arts university should systematically sort out its academic features and development strategies to form its own specialized self- evaluation standard.


Attendees pose for a group photo.


Qian Xiaofang, chairwoman of Academy Affairs Committee, hosts the opening ceremony.  


At the opening ceremony, Xu Jiang, president of China Academy of Art, gave a speech on arts education in the new era, stating: "The art education of the new era focuses on combining academic study and craftsmanship, art and new technologies, and the revitalization of eastern-style education."


Xu Jiang, president of China Academy of Art, addresses the symposium. [Photo/ezhejiang.gov.cn] 


Xu said that China Academy of Art always puts emphasis on developing "Visual Art Eastern Studies", which builds an eastern-style system of contemporary art creation and education by inheriting and promoting top-notch traditional Chinese culture as well as leading and practicing contemporary advanced culture.


Other keynote speeches were given by leaders and professors from China Academy of Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing Film Academy, and Art School of Southeast University on the development of disciplines in fine arts, design, music and dance studies, drama and film and art theory against the backdrop of the "Double First-Class" initiative.


Gao Shiming, vice president of China Academy of Art, speaks about CAA's development plan for the "Double First-Class" initiative. 


Song Xiewei, dean of the design school of Central Academy of Fine Arts, gives an address titled "International Community of Design Education: Mission and Future of Design Discipline of Central Academy of Fine Arts".


Ke Yang, head of the postgraduate department at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCM), gives a speech on the development of first-class disciplines in CCM. 


Yu Jianhong, vice president of Beijing Film Academy, shares his thoughts on the development of drama and film discipline. 


Wang Yanxin, dean of the Art School of Southeast University, talks about the key to developing "Double First-Class" disciplines: System innovation. 


Cao Yiqiang, standing vice-president of the National Institute of Art Education from China Academy of Art, reflects on the dilemmas and opportunities facing the Chinese arts education system. 


Xu Ping, vice president of the National Institute of Art Education from China Academy of Art, gives his annual report on design discipline development for 2016 to 2017. 


Delegates attend a workshop on academic journals. 


Delegates attend a workshop of development of fine art disciplines. 


Delegates attend a workshop of development of art disciplines.