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Taipei National University of the Arts

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.

Taipei National University of the Arts
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Former name
National Institute of the Arts
TypeNational university
Established1 July 1982 (as National Institute of the Arts)
1 August 2001 (as TNUA)
PresidentChen Kai-huang
Vice-presidentLee Chia-yi
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Taipei National University of the Arts
Traditional Chinese國立臺北藝術大學



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 Culture Resources
  • Interdisciplinary Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology Music Program


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 include the Guandu Arts Festival and the Guandu Flower Festival (Guandu Flower Art Festival).

International & Local cooperationEdit

  Republic of China

  Mainland China

  Hong Kong


  South Korea







  Czech Republic






  United Kingdom

  United States


Name censorshipEdit

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 artEdit

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 alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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