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The Central Academy of Drama, China

4E Hong Fu Middle Rd Changping District,
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China (Mainland)

Undergraduate Overview

The Central Academy of Drama was the first theatre higher educational institution of the People's Republic of China. It is affiliated to China's Ministry of Education and is ranked as one of the best top-level drama and stage arts institutions in China. In recent years, the Academy has continuously made efforts to place undergraduate talent training and teaching at its pedagogic center, takes teaching quality improvement as a basic orientation, and strives to promote educational and teaching reform comprehensively. The Academy has strengthened exchange and communication, and consolidated its academic position in theatre education world.

The Academy is composed of Department of Acting, Department of Directing, Department of Stage Design, Department of Dramatic Literature, Department of Musical Theatre, Department of Peking Opera, Department of Western Opera, Department of Dance Theatre, Department of Theatre Pedagogy, Department of Theatre Management, Department of Film and TV Arts. Majors offered at the undergraduate level include: Acting, Directing, Art Design for Drama, Film & TV, Literature on Drama & Film & TV, Theater Studies, and Broadcast & Anchoring. 

To ensure continuous improvement of undergraduate educational and teaching quality and enable students to enjoy quality teaching resources, the Academy recruits only 600 undergraduates each year and keeps the number of current students in the Academy to 3000 at a long time. The Academy now has about 2100 students.

While promoting the Chinese theatre to follow the world trends and concepts, the Academy, a world top art college, has actively made efforts to cultivate undergraduate talents with international insight and competitiveness. The Academy has cooperated with St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, Russia and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, UK on an exchange project of 2+2 double-degree on four-year acting. In the future, the Academy will further increase more teaching cooperation programs with international renowned universities and colleges to explore new channels for innovative art talent trainings.

Programs available

Undergraduate - Faculties/Departments and Programs

    Acting Department

    Dance Theatre Department

    Directing Department

    Dramatic Literature Department

    Film & TV Art Department

    Musical Theatre Department

    Opera Department

    Peking Opera Department

    Stage Design Department

    Theatre Management Department

    Theatre Pedagogy Department

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