Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Province: GuangdongGuangzhou                               University Ranking: 5598

About University

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts(广州美术学院) formerly known as the Central South College of Fine Arts, was established in 1953 as a specialized art college in Wuhan, Hubei Province, according to the national construction layout. It was related to the Central South College of Arts, South China People’s College of Literature and Art, and the Guangxi Academy of Arts Departments and personnel merged. The first principal was Hu Yichuan, a famous revolutionary artist who had participated in the Yan’an Literary and Art Forum. The first vice principal was the famous oil painter Yang Qiuren, the famous Chinese painters’ Guan Shanyue, and Yang Taiyang.

In 1958, the Central South College of Fine Arts moved from Wuhan to Guangzhou and was renamed Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. In 1981, he was granted the first batch of master’s degree-granting rights in the country. In 1987, he enrolled foreign and Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan students. In 2005, he was approved as the first batch of national master of arts (MFA) training pilot units.

In 2004, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts was built in Guangzhou University Town, with two campuses, Changgang and University Town, covering a total area of 92 acres and a total construction area of   411884 square meters. The school currently has 12 colleges(departments), undergraduate education has 31 majors and 55 professional directions, and has enrolled 21 majors. At present, there are 5351 undergraduates, 802 postgraduates, and 23 international students.

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts currently has 3 provincial-level key disciplines for peak-climbing, including two first-level disciplines of “Fine Arts” and “Design” and one second-level discipline of “Arts and Crafts”. There are 3 provincial-level key disciplines, including 1 first-level discipline “Art Theory” and 2 second-level disciplines “Art Theory and Criticism” and “Film and TV and Digital Media”. In the national fourth round of discipline assessment organized by the Ministry of Education in 2017, among similar disciplines in universities in Guangdong Province, the school’s two first-level disciplines “Art” and “Design” were rated B+, and “Art Theory” was rated B.

At present, the school has 1 national-level professional comprehensive reform pilot program major, 3 national-level specialty majors, 10 provincial-level specialty majors, 1 provincial key major, 1 provincial-level comprehensive reform pilot project, and provincial-level application-oriented 2 demonstration majors in talent training. The total number of national and provincial high-quality majors is 13, accounting for 61.9% of the total enrollment majors.

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts has a strong faculty. It has 883 faculty members, including 530 full-time teachers, 76 professors, and 166 associate professors. Among the teachers, Huang Danian-style teacher teams from national colleges and universities, vice-chairman of Chinese Artists Association, chairman and vice-chairman of Guangdong Artists Association, members of the Disciplinary Evaluation Group of the State Council, leading talents of the National “Ten Thousand-Year Plan”, and “Fourth Propaganda Department” A group of “talented talents, experts who enjoy special government allowances from the State Council.

The featured literature in the library of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts is mainly based on art professional theories, technical books, picture books, art journals, and calligraphy and painting works of the past. The total collection of documents is 272,300, including paper books 21.97 Ten thousand volumes, masterpieces of famous calligraphy and paintings (mainly the masterpieces of Lingnan masterpieces), emulated masterpieces imported from abroad, 2543 pieces of Hanshi Shiyuan Tuo, as well as 1,034 books of 705 kinds of books and pictures by teachers and alumni of the school 107,074 books, 324 kinds of electronic journals, 5 thematic databases of people’s data, self-built electronic CD-ROM library (554 CD-ROMs), self-built video online library, self-built art world photo library, full-text database of Chinese excellent doctoral dissertations, Weipu Chinese periodical database and Wanfang data resource database, etc.

In the past five years, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts has won the China Art Award-Lifetime Achievement Award, China Art Award-Theory Review Award, China Art Award-Creation Award, National Sports Art Exhibition First Prize, Education Hundreds of provincial and scientific research-creation awards such as the Ministry of Education’s Outstanding Achievements in Scientific Research and the First Prize of the Chinese Book Frangting Award. From 2002 to 2013, the school received more than 470 research projects at all levels.

University's Program Types





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ),

What is the world ranking of this University?

The Country rank of this University is 526 and the world rank is 5598.

Does Chinese universities provide programs in English?

YES, Chinese Universities provide programs in English. International Students can pursue their degrees in English taught in Chinese Universities.

Do I need to take an IELTS or TOEFL exam before applying in this University?

No, Students don’t need IELTS or TOEFL certification for getting admitted to this University but for applying Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC) sometimes students are asked for the IELTS certificate.

What Documents do I need to apply for this University?

The primary documents for applying to this University are Notary stamped scanned copies of the last Academic degree certificate and testimonial, Passport, Police Clearance Certificate and Medical Certificate.

When my offer letter come after applying this University?

 Usually, It takes 4 to 8 weeks for an offer letter to come from any Chinese Universities after applying.

University's other Information


Admission is going on for March/September Intake. Interested students are invited to apply. Both semesters are open for Diploma, Bachelor, Post-Graduates, and the Doctoral program.

To get admission information or any kind of queries, please contact:

China: +8613632437050 (Whatsapp/Wechat/Viber/IMO)


Scholarships 30%
Result Status 80%
Foreign Students 45%
Positive Reviews 80%
University Ranking 85%

All Programs

Non Degree Program:

Program Degree Duration Tuition Fees(CNY) Teaching Medium
Chinese painting Non Degree 1 Year 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Architecture and Applied Arts Design Non Degree 1 Year 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Visual Arts Design Non Degree 1 Year 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Industry Design Non Degree 1 Year 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Oil Painting Non Degree 1 Year 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese

Bachelor’s Program:

Program Degree Duration Tuition Fees(CNY) Teaching Medium
Architecture Bachelor 5 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Landscape Architecture Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Fine Art Studies Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Painting Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Sculpture Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Photography Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Visual Communication Design Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Environmental Design Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Product Design Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Fashion and Accessories Design Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Digital Media Art Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Art and Technology Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Writing and Directing for Broadcasting and TV Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Animation Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Fashion Design and Engineering Bachelor 4 Years 38,000 RMB per Year Chinese

Master’s Program:

Program Degree Duration Tuition Fees(CNY) Teaching Medium
Architecture Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Landscape Architecture Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Fine Art Studies Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Painting Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Sculpture Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Photography Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Visual Communication Design Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Environmental Design Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Product Design Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Fashion and Accessories Design Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Digital Media Art Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Art and Technology Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Writing and Directing for Broadcasting and TV Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Animation Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese
Fashion Design and Engineering Master 3 Years 44,000 RMB per Year Chinese

Fees Details

Expenses in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts(广州美术学院)

  1. Tuition fee: 
  • Non-Degree:  38,000 RMB Per Year
  • Bachelor Degree: 38,000 RMB Per Year
  • Master Degree: 44,000 RMB Per Year
  1. Accommodation Fee:
  • Single Room 15,000 RMB Per Year
  • Double Room 9000 RMB Per Year
  1. Food cost: 1,000 RMB – 2,000 RMB
  2. Application Fee: 500 RMB
  3. Living expanse: 2200 RMB – 2800 RMB
  4. Medical checkup: 600 RMB
  5. Insurance: 800 RMB per year
  6. Residence permit: 800 RMB per year

After you are admitted, we will inform you via email for your confirmation of acceptance. Afterward, we will issue the admission letter, JW201/202 Form for visa application. If you wish to live on campus, please complete the Housing Application form.

Prepare Your Departure:

Before your departure, be sure to take the following materials:

(1) The Admission Letter

(2) Passport (valid for at least 6 months).

(3) JW201/202 Form

(4) Official Foreigner Physical Examination Form and your blood test report. 

Be aware that the orientation is mandatory for freshman students.

Admission Procedure

Applying for any course at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts(广州美术学院) is very easy. Following some easy steps, you can easily apply for your desired course. You can complete your application online by following some simple steps. 

Here is the detailed information about the required admission documents. International applicants are highly recommended to provide the following documents.

1. Passport & Passport Size Photo (Scan Copy)


First of all, you must have a passport. As we know passport is a very essential document and without this, we can not leave our country. So if you don’t have it yet, we advise you to make it from your home country as soon as possible. Moreover, if you already have your passport, then make sure that it is not expired. If your passport already expired then you need to renew it. Please note, your passport must have to be ready before your visa processing. See a sample of passport.

Passport Size Photo

The general size of the passport size photo is (50mm x 40mm). For applying in china universities, your passport size photo has to be clear and the background must be plain, white or off-white in colour. The height of the head is between 28mm – 33mm and head width 21mm–24mm. Advice to submit a colour photo which is taken 6 months before. Use a clear picture of your face. Do not use any filters and take off your eyeglasses for passport size photos, selfies or pictures with someone do not use as a passport size photo. Here is a sample of a Passport Size Photo.

2. Academic Transcript and Certificate (must be notarized copy)

Submit your immediate academic transcripts & certificate for applying. For example, if you are applying for bachelor submit your school transcripts and certificates. For Master’s Degree provide your undergraduate transcripts and certificates. When you are applying for Ph.D, you have to provide your both (undergraduate and graduate) transcripts and certificates. Transcript And Certificate are important, it help universities to decide if you have the necessary background and skills for the major. All Transcripts and Certificates must have to be notarized. You can notarize your document from an advocate who is authorized by the government.

Note: All the applicant’s transcripts and certificates must be notarized and language should be in Chinese or English version.

3. CV/Resume

You must prepare a CV or resume for applying in abroad country. CV acts as your business profile, though universities are not interested in detailed descriptions of your jobs or experience, but you have to add this. You should focus on your published academic papers, describe academic group works or extracurricular activities, relevant think-thanks, etc. Add your academic qualifications with results, personal details, personal achievement these are must for a perfect CV. Here is a sample of the CV/resume.

4. Physical Examination

Aspiring overseas students are required to take a medical examination to ensure that you are in a good physical condition. The medical examination must include all the items which are listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. The medical examination result will be declared as invalid without the signature of the attending doctor and hospital stamp or seal. You must bring the original medical documents when you come to arrive in China. The Medical certificate will be carried out on behalf of The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Public Security. Here get a sample of physical examination.

5. Police Clearance

The police clearance certificate is known as “No Criminal Record Certificate” and also known as a good citizen certificate. Police clearance is very important for going to abroad because a foreign country does not allow any criminal records. Police Clearance Certificate is an official document approved by the police or government agencies to prove that you have no criminal offense like arrest, conviction. Additionally, a police clearance certificate is valid for the next 6 months, After 6 months of issue, it will be declared as invalid. See the sample of the Police Clearance Certificate.

6. Bank Statement

A bank statement is mandatory when we go foreign for different purposes like a visitor, a business or immigrants. These rules are not changeable for study. So, students also have to show a bank statement. China has no strict rules that only your parents have to be your sponsor. Anyone can be your sponsor. See the sample of a bank statement.

7. English Proficiency Certificate

For studying in China you must have to submit your English proficient certificate to prove your English skills. It is not mandatory that you must have IELTS, you can take English Proficiency Certificate from your school or university. Additionally, If you have done IELTS or TOFEL you can submit it. See the sample of English proficient certificate.

8. HSK certificate of proficiency in Chinese (if you have)

If you want to study in Chinese taught and want to get CSC scholarship then you must have to submit HSK certificate of proficiency in Chinese. HSK is not mandatory for English taught, but if you have it will be beneficial for you. HSK supervised by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to judge the Chinese language skill of non-native speakers. See the sample of HSK certificate of proficiency in Chinese.

9. 2 Recommendation Letter (Ms/Ph.D.)

Students of masters & Ph.D. have to submit two recommendation letters. A recommendation letter is usually written by a supervisor, colleague, and teacher. Two recommendation letters have to be written by two-person. Make sure that the writer knows you very well and you have completed any course with them or work with them.  In the letter mention about your academic and personal traits and emphasize the strengths that are relevant to the major or university where you are applying. Have to maintain a positive and enthusiastic tone about you and include professor’s phone numbers and email addresses. Here is the sample of the Recommendation Letter.

10. Study Plan/ Research Proposal (Ms/PhD)

If you want to apply for MS/Ph.D you must need a study plan or research proposal in Chinese or English (no less than 800 words). A study plan describes in detail what you are going to do with the scholarship. Explain your main educational goal, and how you want to achieve this. And keep in mind that it is very important, that helps in an excellent organization as well as creating a sense of liability in your learning process. This document is needed only for Ms or Ph.D applicants, so please make sure that your study plan or research proposal states that information as specific as possible. See the sample of Study Plan.

11. Study Gap Certificates

Study gap certificate is an affidavit that is used to show a gap in education or further study. Gap certificate provides your statement on the non-judicial stamp paper stating the reason for taking the gap and claim that you did not take admission to any other college, university or courses during the gap year. You can get this stamp paper from any notary, sub-registry office or court and contact with an advocate they will prepare your gap certificate.

12. Application Form

Fills this form in Chinese or English language. It is essential to fill all the information that should be very authentic. Click here to get the Application Form sample.

Please send us all these documents through our E-Mail:

Dear applicants, If you have more queries please don’t hesitate to knock our consultants. Here is our  Consultant’s contact number : +8613632437050/ +8618852867225.

Scholarship Information

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts(广州美术学院) is setting up a series of scholarship schemes to sponsor international students and scholars to undertake studies and research.

Application Requirements

  1. Applicants should have to be non-Chinese or foreigners, hold a valid foreign passport and meet the appropriate requirements of studying abroad in China. 
  2. Applicants should be  friendly to China and be in good health
  3. Applicants should have received an undergraduate program or long term language must have a senior high school diploma and are under the age of 30.
  4. Applicants should have excellent academic performance and have a good command of English
  5. Law-abiding, diligent and studious, good grades and good conduct.

Application Materials   

  1. Application Form.
  2. Scan copy of notarized highest diploma and transcripts.
  3. San copy of Study Plan or Research Proposal (800 words or above).
  4. Two Recommendation Letters (written in Chinese or English) signed by a professor or an associate professor who knows you.
  5. Scan copy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form or Blood Examination Report or notarized photocopy.
  6. Students under 18 should have to submit relevant legal documents from their guardians.

The final information is subject to the University If there is any inconsistency!

Why choose us?

Entering a new era, the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts(广州美术学院) relies on the advantages of Guangdong as a vanguard, pioneer and experimental area for reform and opening up, based on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. With its many advantages in history, location, economic development, cultural resources, and talent gathering, the starting point and the new approach promote talent training, scientific research, and creation, better serve the social development of the new era, actively integrate into national strategies such as the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and take the initiative of the “Belt and Road” initiative to accelerate.

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts adheres to the basic task of talent training, actively deepens the reform of education and teaching, and continuously improves the quality of education and teaching. The school was awarded “The Third Batch of Guangdong Provincial Demonstration Schools for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education” in 2016. In the past three evaluations of the Teaching Achievement Award, he has won three first prizes and three second prizes in Guangdong Province. In recent years, school students have achieved excellent results in various important events and activities, such as the Bronze Medal of the 12th National Art Exhibition, the Excellence Award of the 4th National Youth Art Exhibition, the Gold Award of the 100 Chinese Jinling Painting Exhibition (Chinese Painting), etc.

The initial employment rate of graduates has always remained above 97%, and the employer’s satisfaction with the comprehensive evaluation of our school’s graduates has reached 97.41%. The quality of school personnel training has been steadily improved.

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts attaches great importance to the construction of a three-dimensional and diverse platform. In recent years, a total of 31 national and provincial platforms have been built. Among them: 2 national levels, namely “National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center” and National Advertising Industry Park “Guangdong Modern Advertising Creative Center”. There are 11 provincial scientific research platforms, including Guangdong Key Laboratory “Guangdong Industrial Design Creativity” “Key Laboratory of Applied and Applied Research”, “Humanities and Social Sciences Research Center” and “Lingnan Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage Research Center” of Guangdong Province, the key research base of humanities and social sciences in universities and colleges, “Pearl River Delta Brand Strategic Collaborative Innovation Center” etc.

The school has maintained cooperated relations with Russia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and other countries and regions, and with the Russian Repin Academy of Fine Arts, Russian Surikov Art 48 art schools including the College, the Royal College of Art in Antwerp, Belgium, the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland, the Paris School of Decorative Arts in France, the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in the United Kingdom, the University of Toronto in Canada, Chiba University in Japan, the Tokyo University of the Arts, and the Taipei University of the Arts Exchange and cooperation.

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts selects outstanding teachers to carry out the study abroad, exchange and academic research abroad, and exchanges students with cooperative colleges abroad (international) for exchange study, holds various types of international workshops and lectures, introduces high Horizontal art design exhibitions, holding high-level international academic seminars, hiring well-known overseas experts and scholars to hold lectures and academic reports. 

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts vigorously develops education for foreign students in China, promotes orderly cooperation with overseas high-level universities, actively expands the opening up of higher education to the outside world, and strives to increase the degree of internationalization of schools. Relying on the school’s academic advantages, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts actively cooperates with the country to carry out Sino-foreign humanities exchanges, displays our school’s academic research results, and excellent creations of teachers and students on the international stage, tell Chinese stories well and spread Chinese voices.