Korea National University of Arts

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Korea National University of Arts
Type National
Established 1993
President Kim Bong-ryeol
Location Seoul, South Korea
Campus Urban
Website http://www.karts.ac.kr/
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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.



  • Bachelor's Program
  • Master's Program
  • Artistic performance Training Programs (Prep School)
  • Talented Artists Education System

Schools and departments[edit]

  • 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


Korea National University of Arts is made up of two Seoul-based campuses: the Seokgwan Campus and the Seocho Campus.


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 performed with London Philharmonic.

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.

The three top prizes at the NY International Ballet 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 speaking region, K-Arts received international certification from RIBA.

The Animation Department was invited to the best school program[where?] along with 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.

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 Grand Bell Awards, The Blue Dragon Film Awards, The Baeksang Arts Awards, and others. The film's director, Na Hong-jin, the director of photography, Lee Seong-jae and the cinematographer, Lee Min-bok, are all K-Arts graduates.

Notable alumni[edit]

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