CCA Signs Exchange Agreement with Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing

President Stephen Beal and Yang Li, director of CAFA's Executive Committee (photo: Jim Norrena)

Building on relationships established by President Stephen Beal in visits to China last year, representatives from Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts visited CCA's San Francisco campus in early December. The visit culminated with Yang Li, director of CAFA's Executive Committee, and Stephen Beal signing a faculty and student exchange agreement.

President Beal commented on the new partnership, "We're delighted to be formalizing a relationship with CAFA, one of the foremost art schools in China. In addition to establishing ongoing faculty and student exchange programs, we would also like to develop collaborative projects in which students from both institutions work together in a studio environment. We're thinking this could happen initially in the design disciplines, but we are open to exploring projects in the areas of fine arts and architecture."

Representatives from the two institutions also discussed CCA's participation in CAFA's International Foundation course, where CAFA students are taught by English-speaking faculty in preparation for transition to BFA programs in Europe and the United States. President Beal continued, "We are committed to enhancing diversity at CCA. By increasing our population of international students we will enrich our community and our curriculum while preparing all of our students for an increasingly complex global society."

CCA's student exchange programs are administered by the office of International Student Affairs and Programs. The college currently has 31 international exchange partners in countries throughout Europe, Japan, and Australia. The first CCA/CAFA exchange could begin as soon as fall 2010.

About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,800 full-time students.

About Central Academy of Fine Arts
The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), the only art institution of higher learning directly under the Chinese Ministry of Education, was founded in April 1950 by incorporating the National Beijing Art College and the Fine Arts Department of Huabei University. Under the umbrella of CAFA, there are six schools and colleges: School of Fine Art, School of Chinese Painting, School of Design, School of Architecture, School of Humanities, and College of City Design. CAFA currently enrolls more than 4,000 full-time students.