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The Chinese Language Program is a full time intensive Chinese program. The classes are in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free to explore the city, or to take extra classes, or activities. There are about 30-40 foreign students at the academy each year. There are also optional afternoon drama classes that foreign students can take free of charge.

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  • The schedule is that there are four compulsory chinese classes in the morning (8:30am-11:50am) from Monday to Friday. Students will be put into the class according to their language ability following an assessment at the start. Optional Courses are free, from 1:30pm to 3:00pmChinese Classes:
    Classroom 1 – Low Elementary
    0 Comprehensive Chinese;
    0 Oral Chinese;
    0 Listening Comprehension
    0 PronunciationClassroom 2 – Middle Elementary
    o Comprehensive Chinese;
    o Oral Chinese;
    o Listening Comprehension
    o (HSK);
    o Pronunciation

    Classroom 3 – High Elementary
    0 Comprehensive Chinese(HSK);
    0 Oral Chinese;
    0 Listening Comprehension
    0 (HSK);
    0 Pronunciation

    Classroom 4 – Low Intermediate
    0 Comprehensive Chinese(HSK);
    0 Newspaper Reading; Listening Comprehension
    0 (HSK);
    0 Pronunciation;
    0 Oral Chinese;
    0 Reading &Writing

    Classroom 5 – High Intermediate
    0 Comprehensive Chinese(HSK);
    0 Listening Comprehension(HSK)
    0 Pronunciation;
    0 Oral Chinese;
    0 Newspaper Reading;
    0 Reading & Writing;
    0 Chinese Culture

    Optional Classes:
    o Chinese Characters: Reading & Writing
    o Mask Painting of Peking Opera
    o Basic Acting Training
    o Basic Movement Training
    o Tai Chi

    All the facilities, including TV, video player, DVD player and tape recorder in the classrooms are free to be used by all our students after the class is finished.

(1) High school graduate (equivalent educational level) or above;
(2) Age from 18 to 50;
(3) Healthy physically and psychologically


There is accommodation available to students on campus. Students should put in a request for the accommodation when they apply.

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About the University Summary

The Central Academy of Drama is the first theatre higher educational institution of the People's Republic of China and now it is affiliated to China's Ministry of Education. It is ranked as one of the best top-level drama, Film & Television arts institutions in China and has been selected into the country’s construction plan of world first-class disciplines. The Central Academy of Drama is the headquarters of China Alliance of Theatre Higher Educational Institutes, Asia Theatre Education Centre (ATEC) and World Theatre Education Alliance (WTEA). It is a world famous higher educational institute of arts.

The history of the Central Academy of Drama dates back to more than 80 years, to April 10th, 1938, when Yan An Lu Xun Art College was established. The Central Academy of Drama opened officially in December, 1949 and held the inaugural conference on 2nd of April, 1950. Chairman Mao Zedong inscribed the official name in calligraphy.

The Central Academy of Drama has two campuses, one is located at Dong Mianhua Hutong No. 39, Dongcheng District, and the other new one is located on Hong Fu Middle Rd No.4, Changping District. Area of these two campuses reach 230, 000㎡, and the construction area is about 180,000㎡.

The Academy’s pedagogic programs have been subdivided into 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 Drama, Department of Puppetry Theatre, Department of Theatre Pedagogy, Department of Theatre Management, Department of Film and TV Arts, The Department of Theatrology. 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, Art Management. The academy has first-class discipline master’s degree and doctor’s degree authorization centers in Studies of Drama (Film & TV), and Theory Studies of Art. The Academy also has post-doctoral research station for art studies.

The Academy has the only state-level teaching team in acting, the only state-level characteristic major in directing, the only national innovative experimental zone for talents cultivation in musical acting, and the only state-level demonstration center for experimental teaching in Drama (Film & TV). The Academy also acts as headquarters of many national and international organizations, including China Drama Association, Committee of Directing Arts of China Theater Association, International Stage Arts Network, China Association of Stage Arts, China Centre of OISTAT, China Centre of International Association of Theatre Critics, Education Committee of China Musical Theatre Association, Research Centre on Theatrical Pedagogy of China’s Preliminary & Middle Schools and China Collaborative Innovation Center for Theatre Arts Management and The “Belt & Road” International Film Education Alliance.

In the Academy’s long-term history, it continues to uphold the principle of realism, and inherits Chinese aesthetic traditions as well as carefully absorbs from other cultures. The Academy constantly consolidates basis and strengthens practice, and pursues the spirit of “genuineness, creation and beauty”. The institution commits itself to training drama, film & TV art talents for the country and the world. A majority of graduates have become world-famous artists, scholars, professors and writers, who have made remarkable contributions to the prosperity and development of Chinese drama, film & TV industry.

Facing the future, the Central Academy of Drama will firmly grasp the opportunities to deepen the reform of higher education and accelerate the development of the school system. It strives to increase the quality of education and education management, promotes teaching quality and reform construction, and strengthens discipline and high-level faculty team construction. The Academy also promotes organizational innovations, and carries out multilateral exchanges and cooperation with world's drama education institutions. This ensures the comprehensive strength and overall quality of the Academy. The Central Academy of Drama maintains its strength as one of the top-level art schools in the world with outstanding characteristics.

The University Combines resources over and above the ordinary to deliver one of the greatest education systems in the world. Get detailed information about their campus, departments, and application time schedules by downloading the brochure. Apply to speak with your personal Program Advisor

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