Taipei National University of the Arts

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Taipei National University of the Arts
Taipei National University of the Arts
Type Public
Established 1982 (as National Institute of the Arts)
2001 (as TNUA)
President Yang, Chi-Wen
Academic staff
Students 2,854
Undergraduates 1,565
Postgraduates 1,289
Location Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei National University of the Arts
Traditional Chinese 國立臺北藝術大學

The Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA; Chinese: 國立臺北藝術大學) is a national university in Guandu, Beitou District, Taipei, Taiwan.


Department of Music, old building

The National Institute of the Arts (國立藝術學院) was founded in 1982 as an institute of higher learning for the arts. The institute was housed in Luzhou, Taipei County (now New Taipei City), from 1985 until its move in 1991 to its permanent campus in Kuandu, Taipei City. The buildings are designed in a neo-Chinese classical style and house state-of-the-art technology. The Institute was renamed Taipei National University of the Arts in 2001.


School of Music

  • Department of Music
  • Graduate Institute of Orchestral Instruments
  • Graduate Institute of Musicology
  • Department of Traditional Music

School of Fine Arts

  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Graduate Institute of Trans-disciplinary Arts

School of Theatre Arts

  • Department of Theatre Arts
  • Graduate Institute of Theatre Performance and Playwriting
  • Department of Theatrical Design and Technology

School of Dance

  • Department of Dance Preparatory Undergraduate Program and B.F.A. Program
  • Graduate Institute of Dance

School of Film and New Media

  • Department of Filmmaking
  • Department of New Media Art
  • Department of Animation

School of Culture Resources

  • Graduate Institute of Architecture and Cultural Heritage
  • Graduate Institute of Arts Administration and Management
  • Graduate Institute of Museum Studies
  • Graduate Institute of Arts and Humanities Education
  • International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Ph.D Program in Cultural Heritage and Arts Innovation Studies


Aside from the colleges and departments, the university houses the state-of-the-art Music Hall, the Performing Arts Center, including a theater hall and a dance recital hall, the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, a library, an Olympic-size swimming pool, the Center for the Study of Traditional Arts, a computer center, and the Center for the Study of Art and Technology.

Festivals organized by TNUA or using its campus include the Guandu Arts Festival and the Guandu Flower Festival (Guandu Flower Art Festival).

International & Local cooperation[edit]

 Republic of China

 Mainland China

 Hong Kong


 Republic of Korea







 Czech Republic






 United Kingdom

 United States


Name censorship[edit]

In 2016, the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department was criticized as in breach of freedom of expression for blocking use of the university name in any form that included the word 'National'/'國立'. The department, responsible for most of the territory's arts venues, told TNUA graduate Law Shuk-yin, an art administrator and executive producer for drama company The Nonsensemakers, that she could not use the name in her biography in promotional material for her production at a theatre it managed.[1]

Honorary doctors of art[edit]

Notable Honorary Doctors of Art from TNUA include cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, composer Shui-Long Ma, choreographer Huai-min Lin, and theatrical set designer Ming-Cho Lee.

Notable alumni[edit]

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