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About TNUA

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History

 

1980
On October 22 the preparatory office for founding the National Institute of the Arts (NIA) was set up.
 
1982

On July 1 NIA was formally founded. Mr. Bao You-Yu became the first president of NIA. There were three departments: the Department of Music, the Department of Fine Arts, and the Department of Theatre. NIA was temporarily located on the second and third floor it borrowed from the Taipei International Youth Center at Section 3, Xinhai Road.

In August the Center for Traditional Arts was unveiled.

 

1983

The Department of Dance was established.

 
1985

In April NIA moved to a new campus borrowed from the National Overseas Chinese Student University Preparatory School in Luzhou, Taipei County.

In May work started preparing the land for the Kuandu campus.

 
1986

Construction of the new campus started.

 
1990

In September construction work on the new campus at Kuandu was completed.

The Department of Music and the Department of Theatre introduced master's programs.

 
1991

Towards the end of July NIA moved to the Kuandu campus. The administrative building, the library, various facilities and classrooms for different departments, and the dormitory were completed.  
On August 1 Prof. Ma Shui-Long became the second president, and the Graduate Institute of Art History was founded.

 
1992

The Graduate Institute of Dance, the Computer Center and the Technology and Art Research Center were established.

In October the stone tablet bearing the inscription of "National Institute of the Arts" was erected at the front gate.

 
1993

In May the first Kuandu Arts Festival opened to celebrate NIA's 10th anniversary. The Experimental Theatre and the Dance Theatre were unveiled.

In June the Performance Arts Center was unveiled.

The Graduate Institute of Folk Culture and Arts was founded.

 
1994

Prof. S-Lain Liu became the third president.

In July, the Performance Arts Center was renamed as Performing Arts Center.

The Ministry of Education approved the reorganization of NIA. The administration of graduate schools was incorporated into related departments (the Departments of Music, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance all offered master's programs). The Graduate Institute of Theatre Performance was founded.

 
1995

The Department of Theatrical Design and Technology and the Department of Traditional Music were founded.

 
1996

Starting in December various facilities were completed: the Department of Fine Arts' special classrooms, the guesthouse, the male student dormitory, the gymnasium, the research building, the Department of Music's second building.

 
1997

On October 16 Prof. Chiu Kun-Liang became the fourth president.

 
1998

The Department of Dance introduced a seven-year program incorporating three years of senior high school studies and four years of undergraduate studies.

 
1999

The Graduate Institute of Fine Arts was founded.

 
2000

NIA set up the Graduate Institute of Orchestral Instruments, the Graduate Institute of Musicology, the Graduate Institute of Art History, the Graduate Institute of Arts Administration and Management, and the Center for Teacher Education.

On October 16 Prof. Chiu Kun-Liang was reelected as president.

In November the Forest Theatre was unveiled.

 
2001

On August 1 NIA was renamed as Taipei National University of the Arts. It also established five schools: the School of Music, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Theatre Arts, the School of Dance, and the School of Culture Resources.

The Graduate Institute of Art and Technology was set up, while the Graduate Institute of Music introduced the Professional Training Master's Program and the D.M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Music.

 
2002

The Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts and the Graduate Institute of Architecture and Historic Preservation were founded.

The Committee of General Education, the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, and the Center for Continuing Education were established.

On August 1, construction on the teaching building and the students activity center was completed.

 
2003

The TNUA Arts Bookshop opened.

On October 16 Prof. Chiu Kun-Liang was reelected as president.

TNUA added the Graduate Institute of Playwriting, the Ph.D. Program in Theatre Studies, the Graduate Institute of Theatre Design and Technology, and the Graduate Institute of Filmmaking. The Graduate Institute of Dance was adjusted into the Graduate Institute of Dance Choreography and the Graduate Institute of Dance Performance.

 
2004

The Graduate Institute of Fine Arts introduced the Refresher Program, and the Center for Educational Program was renamed as Center for Teacher Education.

In February, TNUA hosted the 2004 Floral Art Festival.

The 929 Open Theatre was unveiled.

2005

In March a concert was held to mark the opening of the Concert Hall. The Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts was officially opened.

In April the Ministry of Education listed TNUA as a school entitled to funding from the Teaching Excellence Program.

TNUA added the Graduate Institute of Dance Theory and the Graduate Institute of Museum Studies.

 
2006

In January the Technology and Art Research Center was renamed as Center for Art and Technology.

On August 1 Prof. Ju, Tzong-Ching became the seventh president.

The Center for Research and Development was restructured as the Office of Research and Development.

The International Exchange Center was established.

The Graduate Institute of Arts and Humanities Education was established.

 
2007

The Graduate Institute of Traditional Music was founded.

In October the Hakka musical, "My Daughter's Wedding" was premiered.

 
2008

The Center for Continuing Education and the Creative Resource Center for Traditional Arts were combined to form the Center for Arts Resources and Educational Outreach.

In October the Arts and Activity Complex was unveiled. 

 
2009

On August 1 Prof. Ju, Tzong-Ching was reelected as president.

The Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts was renamed as Graduate Institute of Trans-disciplinary Arts. The Graduate Programs in Performance and in Choreography were combined to form the Graduate Institute of Performance and Choreography.

The School of Film and New Media was formed.

In August, TNUA was named as the best of all national universities in the Second Phase Funding Plan of the Teaching Excellence Program.

In September the new female student dormitory and the TNUA Guest House were unveiled.

TNUA produced the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung.

 
2010

The Department of Fine Arts introduced a Ph.D. program. The Department of Theatre Arts added an M.A. program for professionals. The Department of Filmmaking and the Department of New Media Art were set up, the former integrating the management of both the undergraduate and graduate programs of filmmaking, and the latter taking over the management of the graduate program of art and technology.

In August an agreement was signed with the Central Motion Pictures Corporation to set up a research center for the film industry.

In September TNUA and the Quanta Arts Foundation jointly organized the art and technology exhibition "Transfuture."

In December an agreement was signed with Boh Tai Garden to launch a talent-training program.

 
2011

In February, TNUA produced a show for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' New Year party.

The Department of Animation and the International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries were launched.

The graduate programs of theatre arts and playwriting were integrated into the Graduate Institute of Theatre Performance and Playwriting. The graduate programs of traditional art and architecture and historic preservation were integrated into the Graduate Institute of  Architecture and Cultural Heritage.

The Graduate Institute of Performance and Choreography and the Graduate Institute of Dance Theory were integrated into the Graduate Institute of Dance. The Graduate Institute of Art History was integrated into the Department of Fine Arts.

 
2012

In January, TNUA implemented a 100-year greening project to mark the university's 30th anniversary. The "Transfuture" exhibition opened.

In February, TNUA became the first-ever local university to take part in the Taipei International Book Exhibition.

In April, Yao Yi-Wei's play "Sun Fei-hu, the Snatcher of Wedding" was premiered at the National Theater in a co-production with the National Theatre of China and the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center.

In July, TNUA hosted the 2012 daCi/WDA Global Dance Summit & International Festival of Dance Academies.

In August, TNUA hosted the 2012 Asia Pacific Bureau Drama Schools Festival.

In September, TNUA co-organized the "EMU" new media art exhibition with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. The 2012 Kuandu Biennale: Artist in Wonderland opened.

In October, TNUA marked its 30th anniversary by organizing an artistic feast for 3,000 people, the Global Forum for the Presidents of Universities of the Arts, and the Cross-strait Forum for the Presidents of Universities of the Arts.  

In December, TNUA held two concerts at the National Concert Hall to mark its 30th anniversary; hosted the Asia Flutists Federation -The 5th Congress.

 
2013

In February, TNUA was included in the Ministry of Education's Third-Phase Teaching Excellence subsidies program. TNUA was number one among all national universities in the non-vocational category. 

In June, the Theatre Arts and Dance Building was unveiled. 

Prof. Yang Chyi Wen became president of TNUA on August 1.

The Ph.D. Program in Dance was introduced.


2014

In January, TNUA and TATT won the rights to host World Stage Design 2017.

In February, TNUA staged a show for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' New Year party; was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to run a five-year performing arts and new media arts training program for high school teachers; struck a deal with Central Pictures Corp. to co-develop a film park in central Taiwan.

In March, an agreement was signed with Central Pictures Corp. for a three-year talent-training program for the cultural creative industries; received approval for a plan to construct a new dorm for graduate students. 

In July, the Ministry of Education approved an application for subsidies for constructing an art and technology building; received donations from Bohtai Garden for research and international exchange projects.

The School of Culture Resources introduced the Ph.D. Program in Cultural Heritage and Arts Innovation Studies.

In October, TNUA hosted the 2014 ALIA Symposium in Taipei, during which TNUA was elected chair of the ALIA.

TNUA set up an environmental protection and occupational safety and hygiene office.

In December, TNUA won the first Arts Education Contribution Award (University and College Level) from the Education of Ministry.


2015

In February the Committee of General Education changed its name to General Education Committee, and the Department of General Education was restructured as the Center for General Education.
♦ In August the Production Design BFA Program of the Department of Filmmaking was introduced.
In August the Office of International Affairs was unveiled.
In October TNUA and community groups jointly launched the first edition of Fun Guandu. 

2016
♦ In March construction on a new graduate student dormitory started.
♦ In August the Interdisciplinary Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology Music Program was introduced.

♦ In October the Gallery of TNUA History was unveiled.
♦ In October the first edition of the KuanDu Light Art Festival was held.


2017

In July the graduate student dormitory was unveiled.
On August 1 Prof. Chen Kai-Huang became TNUA president.

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