Korea National University of Arts
|Korea National University of Arts|
|Location||Seoul, South Korea|
|Korea National University of Arts|
|Revised Romanization||Han-guk Yesul Jonghap Hakgyo|
|McCune–Reischauer||Han'guk Yesul Chonghap Hakkyo|
Korea National University of Arts (K-ARTS/KNUA) is a national university in Seoul, South Korea. Korea National University of Arts was established in 1993 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea as the only national university of arts with an aim to serve as a leading institution which cultivates artists. It has 26 departments in six schools: Schools of Music, Drama, Film TV & Multimedia, Dance, Visual Arts, and Korean Traditional Arts.
Korea National University of Arts was established by law in 1993. In 1990, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Korea announced a 'Ten-Year Project for the Cultural Development,' and the foundation of a national arts institution was the crucial provision of this project. Until the early 1980s, in Korea, there was no specialized university that devoted its entire curriculum to artistic endeavors. Therefore, many budding artists who wanted to continue their artistic search through professional trainings went abroad. The announcement of the foundation of the national university of arts in 1993 was thus the revelation and manifestation of artistic prosperity in Korea. It is the only national university in Asia dedicated exclusively to preparing talented young artists for the professions of all artistic genres. Korea National University of Arts encompasses all disciplines of arts including music, dance, theatre, film, TV, animation, fine art, design, architecture, and Korean traditional arts.
The university consists of six independent but correlative schools: the School of Music, the School of Drama, the School of Film, TV & Multimedia, the School of Dance, the School of Visual Arts, and the School of Korean Traditional Arts. K-ARTS offers Bachelor's and Master's degree program while providing pre-school training program for promising young students. As of 2003, students enrolled in K-ARTS are about 2600, and more than 730 professors and lecturers are teaching in the newest studios and classrooms.
1990 Jun. 25 Announcement of the founding of a national art school (as a part of the Ten-Year Project for Cultural Development by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism) 1991 Dec. 30 Proclamation of the Presidential Decree for the Founding of Korea National University of Arts (Presidential Decree No. 13528) 1992 Sep. 17 Enactment of KNUA Regulations Oct. 30 Confirmation of the organization of KNUA (the day of the official founding of the university) Nov. 16 Appointment of Professor of Music, Lee Kang-sook from SNU as the first Principal 1993 Mar. 8 Opening of KNUA, a specialized art institute with world-class faculty and facilities Mar. 8 Opening of School of Music, the first Conservatory-type school of music in Korea
1994 Mar. 3 Opening of the School of Drama, and opening of the Graduate Program of the School of Music) 1995 Mar. 8 Opening of School of Film, TV & Multimedia, the first ever in Korea dedicated to the training of specialists in the field of film and media 1996 Feb. 28 Relocated the campus to Seokgwan-dong Mar. 4 Opening of School of Dance, the first institution of higher education for dance 1997 Mar. 3 Opening of School of Visual Arts and of the Graduate Program in the School of Drama 1998 Mar. 9 Opening of the School of Korean Traditional Arts (Completion of KNUA organization of the six Schools) Sep. 25 Amendment of the Decree to extend the years required for graduation to two more years Sep. 28 Revision of the title from Principal to President, appointment of Lee Kang-sook as the first President (who was reappointed for the second and third time) 1999 Feb. 11 Amendment of KNUA regulations to grant Bachelor degree in the arts Mar. 2 Opening of the three-year graduate program in the School of Music and Drama and the two-year graduate program in the School of Film, TV, and Multimedia, and of the Korean Traditional Arts
Sep. 21 Completion of construction at the Seocho-dong campus (relocation of the Schools of Music and Dance) 2000 Mar. 2 Opening of the three-year graduate program in the School of Dance and Visual Arts, and opening of the certificate program in the School of Korean Traditional Arts 2002 Mar. 1 Appointment of Professor Lee Geon-yong as the fourth President Oct. 28 Amendment of KNUA regulations to implement course duration from 4 to 5 years, and introduction of the special admission procedures 2005 Sep. 1 Establishment of Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts to function as the hub center to discover and train artistically gifted prodigies 2006 Mar. 1 Appointment of Professor Hwang Chi-woo as the fifth President Oct. 9 Completion of the 2nd school building in Seokgwan-dong 2007 Mar. 5 Opening of Interschool Division. The education for Art and Technology was established and tested starting in the later half of 2008.
Apr. 20 Proclamation of the vision for KNUA and opening of the New Campus at Seokgwan-dong 2008 Aug. 1 Founding of Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts, the first to be supported by the government based on laws concerning the education of the gifted children Sep. 27 Entrance ceremony for the artistically gifted in the field of visual arts 2009 Aug. 13 Appointment of Professor Jongwon Park as the sixth president
K Arts Vision
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Korea National University of Arts is dedicated to cultivating outstanding professional artists who will contribute to building a better future for the world, through innovative and systematic programs in arts education.
What makes K-Arts different? K-Arts is a national institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs with emphasis on the practice and the theory of a wide range of arts. The university is composed of six schools: School of Music; School of Drama; School of Film, TV & Multimedia; School of Dance; School of Visual Arts; and the School of Korean Traditional Arts. Each school offers both bachelor’s and master’s programs, and operates as a specialized independent body, similar to a conservatory. The six schools also actively engage in exchange and cooperation to enhance and strengthen their field of specialization.
Intensive Training Programs for Young Artist
To nurture creative professional artists, K-Arts provides specialized training focusing on practice and production. Classes are offered, in various formats including individual tutorship, group seminars, specialized workshops, collaborative projects, and internships.
Highly Selective and Specialized Admissions Process
The admissions process relies on entrance tests and high school records. The entrance exams focus on auditions and other performance-oriented tests, supplemented by aptitude tests, written exams, and interviews to evaluate the candidates' potential as well as their achievements.
The faculty at K-Arts is composed of leading artists in each field, including internationally-renowned Korean artists from around the world, emphasizing performance-centered education aimed at inspiring each student’s creativity.
Over 500 Student Shows and Workshops Held Throughout the Year
K-Arts provides myriad opportunities for students to participate in professional productions and exhibitions both on- and off-campus. Our student work now makes up some of the most important and acclaimed artistic accomplishments in the country.
Integrated Education in the Arts
K-Arts aims to create an educational environment where students can cross over different artistic genres and media, taking on bold new artistic challenges based on the skills they have honed in their respective fields of specialty.
Fostering Leadership Through Character Education and Social Commitment.
To train communication skills essential for professionals who understand their audiences and contribute to society, K-Arts provides students with an education that helps develop not only their artistic expertise but also human understanding, through volunteer community work and joint projects with other universities.
- Bachelor's Program
- Master's Program
- Artistic performance Training Programs (Prep School)
- Talented Artists Education System
Schools and departments
- School of Drama
- Department of Acting, Department of Directing, Department of Playwriting, Department of Stage Design, Department of Theatre Studies
- School of Dance
- Department of Dance Performance, Department of Choreography, Department of Dance Theory, Department of Art Management
- School of Music
- Department of Vocal Music, Department of Opera, Department of Lied and Oratorio, Department of Instrumental Music, Department of Composition, Department of Musical Technology, Department of Conducting, Department of Musicology
- School of Film, TV & Multimedia
- Department of Film Making, Department of Cinema Studies, Department of Multimedia, Department of Animation, Department of Broadcasting
- School of Visual Arts
- Department of Fine Art, Department of Design, Department of Architecture, Department of Art Theory
- School of Korean Traditional Arts
- Department Of Traditional Arts Theory, Department Of Traditional Music, Department Of Traditional Dance, Department of Traditional Folk Theatrics
- Interschool Division
- Arts Management, Creation of Narratives, Musicals
Butterfly effect of K-Arts
An 18-year-old Korean pianist trained and educated entirely in Korea won the Leeds International Piano Competition.
For the first time for an Asian musician, Kim Seonwuk, won one of the world's three top piano competitions, the Leeds International Piano Competition, in June 2006. After signing a contract with Askonas Holt, he has performed with London Philharmonic, and has become one of the star pianists to watch.
A home-grown talent, Shin Hyeonsu, won the Long-Thibaud International Competition for Violin.
A "home-grown" talent, Shin Hyeonsu, won the Long-Thibaud International Competition for Violin in November 2008. She also received two special awards, including the Recital and Orchestra Award.
K-Arts dominated the NY International Ballet Competition!
The three top prizes at the competition were awarded to K-Arts graduates. The New York Times reported "A contest for the World, led by South Koreans". The first prize winner, Ha Eunji, joined the Finnish National Ballet as the principal dancer.
The Department of Architecture joined RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects.
For the first time for a university in a non-English speakingregion, K-Arts received international certification from RIBA. The graduates of our Architecture Department are now certified to work anywhere in the world.
The Animation Department is recognized as one of the four best in the world.
The Animation Department was invited to the best school program along with the The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Rome in Italy and received due recognition as one of the best schools in the field of animation.
K-Arts as the delivery room for The Chaser, the most controversial film in 2008.
The Korean film, The Chaser, was nominated in the best films category in the Cannes Film Festival, and it received the Best Script Award in the PIFF as well as other awards from The Daejong Film Awards, The Blue Dragon Film Festival, The Paeksang Arts Awards, and others. The film's director, NA Hongjin, the director of photography, LEE Seongjae, and the cinematographer, LEE Minbok, are all K-Arts graduates, not to mention the students of K-Arts who participated in the making of this film
- Sunwook Kim: Pianist
- Hyun-Su Shin: Violinist
- Yeol Eum Son: Pianist
- Bang Cheol Yong : Rapper , Member of K-pop group MBLAQ
- Lee Joon: Singer and Dancer, Member of K-pop group MBLAQ
- Yang Yo-seob : Main vocal and dance, Member of k-pop group BEAST
- Jeong Jae-eun: Screenwriter
- Jung So Min: Actress
- Young-jae Jung: Ballet Dancer
- Jin Sang Lee: Classic pianist
- Lee Sun-kyun: Actor
- Taegoon: Singer
- Jang Dong-gun: Actor
- Lee So-yeon: Actress
- Choi Han-bit: Model
- Oh Man-seok: Actor
- Kim Go-eun : Actress
- Kim Dong-wook: Actor
- Lee Je-hoon: Actor
- Kim Himchan: Singer, Member of K-pop group B.A.P
- Kim Joon-myeon : Leader and Member of K-pop group EXO-K
- Stephanie: Singer, Member of K-pop group The Grace
- Kim Ae-ran: Author
- Kathy Pham: Actress, Model
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