School of Art traces its roots to 1942 as the former Art Department of Hubei University. Over more than 60 years, School of Art was officially founded in 2005 March. It is a multi-disciplinary academy that is time-honored, resource-rich and with the high quality of education.
In 1931, the Provincial Education Institute of Hubei was born by the bay of Sha Lake. Thus it opened the Academy of Music in 1942. In 1944 the charter granted the institute, and renamed it “National Hubei Normal Academy” (short as NHNA). In the same year, School of Music was officially founded, with four-year undergraduate study. Following that, the academy engaged the noted Music Educator Yixuan Yu became the Dean of the School of Music. (Professor Yu was the Vice-President of the Central Academy of Music and the Dean of School of Vocality in CAM.) At the birth of the P.R.China, National Hubei Pedagogical Academy was founded. Soon it established 9 disciplines: Education, Chinese, Mathematics, Physics, Sports and Health, Music, Art, Drama and Russian.
At the same time, to accommodate the need of the development, the academy attracted numerous qualified people to build the teaching team of high quality and rich experience. Some of them, were introduced from established education institute, such as, Wuchang Private Art College, National Wuchang Atheletic Normal College and Hunan Music College. Professor Liguang Yang who was once the Dean of the Fine Art was a notable Art Educator, who was also the president of Hubei Artists Associattion and the president of Hubei Academy of Fine Art. As he said, “a piece of euphonious music has the power of evoking ethical magnificence. ” Art and Music education has trained numerous talents for the community. It also helps developing the culture of Higher Educational Institution.
In the spring of 1956, based on the amended charter of institution of higher education, the Art and Music Department of Central China Normal College combined with NHNA, reformed as Wuhan Art Normal Academy.
The pioneers of the Academy had established a solid foundation for new generations to inherit. Along with the development of multi-disciplines of Hubei University, they have affirmed the orientation target as become the nation-wise outstanding multi-disciplinary university which has a certain impact to the world academy. Therefore, Hubei University reformed the Art Department in 1985, renamed it Art Education Center in 1997. In 1999, it set up Fine Art Department, and started to accept students in the following year. During the 70-plus years development, School of Art has archived a large amount of books in Art and related resources. The university museum has archived numerous historical relic from the Neolithic Age, the Bronze Age, and other different ages from ancient times and modern times. There treasured collections of painting and calligraphy from great masters of Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty and modern times. The school provides precious resources for art education and research, meanwhile, there established a firm foundation for the school to blossom.
The school has set up 5 undergraduate majors,including Fine Art, Environmental Design,Visual Communication Design,Digital Art, Product Design,among which three majors, Fine Arts, environmental design, and digital Media Art, have been approved as national first-class undergraduate major construction units.In addition, Hubei University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth joint school (digital media major) has been approved. There set up postgraduate diploma in Fine Art, Design Practice, Art and Education. Besides, there are Foundation Course, Music Research Center and Art Education Center.
And also has set up the 4 provincial research center includes Hubei Technology Art Research Center, Hubei Traditional Chinese Opera Communication Center, Hubei Intangible Culture Research Center, Key Research Center of Hubei Cultural Creativity and Industrialization. Based on school, there are multiple school-wise research center, includes Art and Design Laboratory, Chinese Painting Laboratory, Watercolor Research Center, Jingchu Art Research Center and Chinese Artwork Authentication Center. In addition, School of Art has a close relation ship with Hubei Folk Art and Literature Association.
Among the whole team of School of Art, there are 43 professors and associate professors, 1 PhD supervisor, 42 master supervisors, and 20 teachers have PhD diploma or are PhD candidates. There are more than 1500 students including undergraduates and postgraduates.
School of Art has grown on the basis of multi-disciplinary university, we insist, “Establishing ethical and practical disciplines, Utilizing method as well as thinking” as the school spirit. The school is located in the middle of China, it is a good opportunity to connect with other academies cross the country, and we aim to have a better connection with oversea academies. By the concept of “based on ethics, technique as strength, practice as priority”, the school intends to educate those who would become creatives with both high creativity and practical skills. On the other side, the school emphasizes on the communication with oversea academies. We have already running exchanges and cooperation with oversea academies from over 10 countries. Some of the teachers of School of Art have published books through oversea press, and some have exhibited works around the world. Also, oversea galleries have collected numerous artworks from the teachers. The school has already received educational achievement: Students work continuously won significant awards in industrial competitions, such as National Art Exhibition, National Design Exhibition, Chinese Art Festival, National University Students Advertisement Competition, Olympic Art Association Exhibition, Asia-Pacific Creative Design Competition etc. Moreover, the average score of undergraduate students achieve during the admission test is the highest score in all of the universities in Hubei.
Under the leadership of the party in Hubei University, along with the Communist Art Opinion from the party, School of Art will move to the next step with a new spirit. We aim to become the world-class Art and Design school based in the multi-disciplinary university. And we intend to work on a greater contribution to Chinese and Hubei art and design education career.