The China Academy of Art is a premiere fine arts institute of higher learning. In 1928, the predecessor of the present China Academy of Art, the National Academy of Art, was founded as the first comprehensive art academy in China.
The International College of China Academy of Art is a subsidiary of the China Academy of Art in charge of academic programs for overseas non-resident students and international artistic exchanges. It has three teaching units, which offer quality courses in Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese culture and language. It also provides international students with courses in oil painting, print-making, inter-media art, sculpture, art history, design art and architecture art. Its principal objective is to promote the Chinese cultures to the world, encourage international artistic exchanges and enhance friendship with the world. The School began to enroll overseas students in 1980. Nearly 3000 international students have studied in the School. It currently enrolls about 400 short-term and long-term overseas students.