Taipei National University of the Arts

University in Taipei, Taiwan
25°08′01.6″N 121°28′17.6″E / 25.133778°N 121.471556°E / 25.133778;
Taipei National University of the Arts
Traditional Chinese國立臺北藝術大學
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinGuólì Táiběi Yìshù Dàxué

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.


The preparatory committees to establish the school was formed on 22 October 1980. The National Institute of the Arts (Chinese: 國立藝術學院) was then founded on 1 July 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 relocation in 1991 to its permanent campus in Kuandu, Taipei. The institute was renamed Taipei National University of the Arts in 2001.


  • School of Music
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Theatre Arts
  • School of Dance
  • School of Film and New Media
  • School of Cultural Resources
  • School of Humanities
  • Music and Image Trans-disciplinary Program

Research Centers

  • Center for Traditional Arts
  • Center for Art and Technology
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Center for Arts Resources & Educational Outreach


  • Pao You-yu [zh] (July 1982 – July 1991)
  • Ma Shui-long (August 1991 – August 1994)
  • Liu S. Lian (September 1994 – August 1997)
  • Chiu Kun-liang (October 1997 – January 2006)
  • Ju Tzong-ching [zh] (August 2006 – July 2013)
  • Yang Chyi-wen (August 2013 – July 2017)
  • Chen Kai-huang (since August 2017)


The campus buildings are designed in a neo-Chinese classical style. Aside from the colleges and departments, the university houses a 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:

  • Guandu Arts Festival
  • Guandu Flower Festival (Guandu Flower Art Festival)
  • Kuandu Film Festival
  • Kuandu International Animation Festival
  • Kuandu Lights Festival

International and local cooperation


 Mainland China

 Hong Kong


 Republic of Korea







 Czech Republic



  • École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
  • École Nationale Superieure d’Art de Bourges
  • French National Museum of Natural History
  • Oriental Cultural Heritage Sites Protection Alliance



  • Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawiei
  • Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna im. Leona Schillera w Łodzi/ PWSFTviT
  • The Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy


 United Kingdom

 United States


Name censorship

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

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

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Taiwan controversy after gov’t dept. asks theatre company to amend promo material, Hong Kong Free Press, 21 March 2016
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