History of the Department of Plastic Arts

The Department of Plastic Arts was formerly known as the Teaching & Research Office of the School of Design and Arts (formerly known as the Department of Industrial Design), or the Department of Decoration Art. The department provides two fields of study: studies on basic art skills, including basic plastic art skills and basic design skills, and studies on the creation of paintings, including art history, practice of techniques, and modern visual presentation.

In 2002, the Teaching & Research Office was founded and was responsible for teaching basic art skills and theories, including basic plastic art skills, such as sketch, painting, and landscape art, and basic design skills, such as design sketch, the Rule of Thirds, and art history.

In 2003, two art theory teachers of the department (Zhang Fan and Shen Huaping) were assigned to participate in establishing the Department of Cultural Heritage.

In 2004, an institute for student painters were established in Eastern Qing Tombs, Hebei Province.

In 2006, the Teaching & Research Office became the Department of Decoration Art, and was accredited to offer MFA degree.

In 2007, an institute for student painters were established in Xidicun, Anhui Province.

In 2008, the department started to enroll the first graduate students of fine art, while continuing to be responsible for teaching basic art skills and theories.

In 2009, it was renamed the Department of Plastic Art.

In 2010, the department started to enroll international graduate students.

In 2013, two new fields of study – oil painting and Chinese painting – were included for graduate programs. 
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