All overseas non-resident applicants can attend the degree and non-degree programs in the International College other schools/departments in CAA. In general, undergraduate students ought to complete all the required credit hours within 6 years of admission (for sculpture and architecture majors, the maximum study length is 7 years). Master's degree students can remain in the program for 5 years.PhD candidates can remain in the program for 6 years.(Except for the students who study Chinese for one year)

  In addition to receiving degree program students, the International College is also in charge of admission of non-resident overseas students to regular non-degree programs all over the CAA. Foreign students who wish to enroll in these programs should apply through the International College.

  • Chinese painting & calligraphy
  • Fine art
  • Sculpture & public art
  • Intermedia art
  • Humanities
  • Media & animation
  • Design
  • Manual art
  • Architecture
  • Art education & management

Department of Traditional Chinese Painting

Traditional Chinese Figure Painting Program 

Courses include: Figure Sketching, Sketching, Chinese-Style Line Drawing, Fine or Free-Hand Brushwork Tracing, Drawing from Life and Creative Drawing, Poetic Annotations, etc.
Traditional Chinese Landscape Painting Program 

Courses include: Landscape Brushwork Tracing, Painting from Nature and Creative Landscape Painting,  Poetic Annotations, etc.
Traditional Chinese Bird-and-Flower Painting Program 

Courses include: Chinese-Style Bird-and-Flower Line Drawing, Fine or Free-Hand Bird-and-Flower Brushwork Tracing, Painting from Nature and Creative Bird-and-Flower Painting, Poetic Annotations, etc.

Department of Chinese Calligraphy

Courses include: Seal Script, Clerical Script, Regular Script, Semi-Cursive Script, Cursive Script, Ancient Chinese Seal-making, Han Seal, Ming and Qing Seal, Classical Chinese Philology, Classical Chinese, History of Inscription on Chinese Brushwork, History of Chinese Seal-making, Chinese Bronze and Stone Inscriptions, Traditional Criticism of Chinese Calligraphy, Traditional Criticism of Chinese Seal-making, etc.

Department of Oil Painting (For more information, please visit

Courses include: Foundation of Sketch Modeling, Color, Sketching, Painting from Life, Creative Painting, Oil Pigments and their Fabrication, etc.

Department of Printmaking

Freshmen: Foundational specialty courses offered by the Division of Visual Art Foundation Courses

Sophomores: Printmaking core courses including Visual Art Foundation, Printmaking Skills, Foundation of Creative Printmaking, etc.

Juniors and Seniors: Juniors and seniors are grouped into the following four studios and take modeling and creative skill courses respectively:

 (1) Studio of Ethnic Printmaking

 (2) Studio of Realistic Printmaking 

 (3) Studio of Expressive Printmaking 

 (4) Studio of Compound Printmaking

Department of Mural Art

Studio of Memorial and Realistic Murals

Courses include: Line Drawing, Sketching, Color, Color Composition, Composition and Creation, Fresco Composition and Copying, Mural Material, Mural Creation, Historical and Thematic Creation, Creation, Social Practice, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Studio of Free Art and Decorative Art

Courses include: Color, Chinese-Style Line Drawing, Line Drawing, Intense Color Painting, Creative Sketch, Creation (Mosaic), Mural Creation and Composition, Fiber and Creative Wall-hanging Art, Free Art Creation, Social Practice, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Studio of Creation with Mural Material and Fiber Art

Courses include: Line Drawing, Sketching, Fresco, Tempera, Intense Mineral Pigment Mural, Chinese-style Plaster Embossing, Mosaic Mural, Creation with Metal, Creation with Glazed Ceramic Plates, Folk Art and Materials Research, Creative Wall-hanging with Fibers, Creation, Creative Application of Materials, Social Practice, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Thesis, Graduation Project, etc.

Studio of Lacquer Art

Courses include: Foundation of Lacquer Craft, Foundation of Lacquer Art, Chinese-style Line Drawing, Practical Lacquer Design, Skills in Lacquer Art, Chinese Lacquer Art Research, Bodiless Lacquerware, Design and Fabrication of Lacquerware, Creative Lacquer Painting, Creative Lacquer Art, Social Practice, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Thesis, Graduation Project, etc.

Department of Sculpture (For more information, please visit:

Courses include: Sketch, Clay Sculpture, Introduction to Sculpture-Specific Construction and Presentation, Metal Forging and Jointing, Stone and Wood Carving, Foundation of Environmental Landscaping Theory, Prescribed Motif Creation, Free Motif Creation, Relief Sculpture, Introduction to Sculpture Construction, Digital Graphics, etc.


Department of Public Space Art

Courses include: Training in Concrete Visual Art, Training in Abstract Visual Art, Language of Materials, Planning and Creation of Urban Sculpture, Creative Landscaping and Installation, Virtual Modeling, Overview of Public Art, etc.

Fiber art (For more information, please visit:

Studio of General Art

Courses include: Painting on Location, Life's Art, Field Investigation Methods, etc.

Studio of Experimental Video

Courses include: Classical Photography - Skills and Aesthetic Concepts, Narrative Video and Poetics, Multimedia Application of Digital Videos and Images, etc.

Studio of Physical Media

Courses include: Body Art, Spatial Response, Digitized Physical Perception, etc.

Studio of Open Media

Courses include: Application of Real-time Online 3D Landscapes, Composition on Virtual Instruments and Editing with Video, Digitized Sketch - Technology in Digital Graphics, etc.

Studio of Spatial Application of Multimedia

Courses include: Local and Global Landscaping, Installation Language - Material and Finished Product, Video as a Social Medium, etc.

Visual culture

Art history

Archaeology and museology

Art scheming

Department of Animation

Courses include: Animation Script Writing, Scene and Prop Arrangement, Audio-Visual Language, Principles of Animated Motion, Cartoons, Illustration, Nonlinear Editing, 3D Animation, Creative Animation, Peripheral Product Design, etc.


Department of Photography

Courses include: Foundation of Traditional Black-and-White Photography, Foundation of Digital Video, History of Photography, Photographic Composition, Foundation of Studio Photography, Color Photography, Photographic Presentation Methods, Commercial Photography and Advertisement, Portraiture Photography, Photojournalism, etc.


Department of Film and Video Advertising

Courses include: Case Study of Film and Video Advertising, Introduction to Advertisement Directing, Creative Advertisement Design, Audio-Visual Language, Photography, Film Graphics, Advertisement Production, Nonlinear Editing, Audio Effects, Documentary Production, etc.


Department of Online Games

Courses include: Online Game Graphics, Design and Planning of Online Games, Management of Online Operation, Online Game Development, Multimedia and Website Graphics, Design and Planning of Multimedia Websites, 3D Interactive Online Game Development, etc.

Department of Graphic Design

Before the students are grouped into different studios, they are required to take the following courses within their first three semesters: Overview of Art Design, Graphic Language, Type Design, Design and Layout, Illustration, Photography, Logo Design, Printing Technology and Specialized Computers, Package Design, Poster Design, Book Design, Corporate Identity Design, etc.

Studio of Graphic Design

Courses include: Paper Products and Branding, Photography and Design Carriers, Visual Image and Space, Design Methodology, Design Workshop, Design Project, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Studio of Multi-dimensional Design

Courses include: Project Presentation, Investigation Methodology, Multi-dimensional Design and Strategy, Multi-Dimensional Communication, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Studio of Brand Design

Courses include: Brand Promotion Design, Interactive Multimedia Advertisement, Design and Operation Workshop, Advertisement Planning and Design, Brand Display Design, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Studio of Publications Design

Courses include: Introduction to Publications, Publications Design, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.


Department of Textile and Fashion Design

Courses include: Ready-Made Clothing Design, Women’s Wear Design, Men’s Wear Design, Study of Classical Chinese and Foreign Cloth Patterns, Integrated Design of Fabric and Clothing, etc.


Department of Conceptualized Design

Courses include: Language of Forms, Design Projects, Regional Planning and Design Project, Experimental Concept Development, Creative Practical Design, etc.


Department of Exhibition Design

Courses include: Visual Space of Exhibitions, New Media Presentation Design, Management of Exhibition Design, Exhibition Planning and Creative Design, Exhibition Design Project, etc.


Department of Industrial Design

A: Foundational Courses

Engineering Drawing, Vocational Drawing, Material and Technology (wood), Material and Technology (metal), Material and Technology (resin), Comprehensive Structure, CAD, Product Design 1 (Procedure and Methods), Product Design 2 (Integrated Design), Product Design 3 (Systematic Design), Architectural Drawing Workshop, Ergonomics, Psychology of Design, History of Industrial Design, etc.

B: Specialty courses

Products and Dwelling: Style Design, Space and Furniture, Furniture Design, Sustainable Design

Products and Leisure: Product Semantics, Experiential Design, Branding and Service, Design Service

Products and Communication: Perceptive Ergonomics, Interactive Design, Interface Design, Universal Design

Products and Mobility: Device Operation Design, Reverse Engineering Design, Vehicle Design, System and Space


Department of Color Design

Courses include: Color Language, Color Design Project, Color Investigation Methods, Color Material and Spatial Presentation, Conceptual Design of Color Themes, etc.


Department of Artistic Design

Courses include: Theory and Practice of Graphic Design, Theory and Practice of Spatial Presentation Design, Theory and Practice of Product Design, Cartography, Computer Theory and Software Application, Brief History of Chinese and Foreign Cultures, History of Chinese and Foreign Design, Overview of Design Studies, Intellectual History of Ancient Chinese Crafts, Overview of Folklore Studies, Archaeology and Museology, Psychology of Design, Aesthetics of Design, Criticism of Design, Planning and Management of Design, etc.

Ceramic Art Design Program

Courses include: Modeling Crafts, Ceramic Materials Science, Introduction to Clay Sculpture, Skills of Raku Ware, Ceramic Mural Decoration, Ceramic Sculpture, Decoration Skills, Daily Utensils, Readings in Ceramic Literature, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Glass Design Program

Courses include: Training in 2D Modeling, Training in 3D Modeling, Training in Glass Properties, Solid Decoration, Decorative Modeling, Introduction to Thermal Modeling Crafts, Glass Artwork Crafts, Glass Composition, Architectural Creation with Plate Glass, Glass Decoration Design, Public Glass Art, Social Practice, Undergraduate Internship, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Jewelry Design Program

Courses include: Foundation of Visual Art, Foundation of Decoration, Metal Crafts, Materials, Creative Project, Graduation Project, Graduation Thesis, etc.

Department of Architecture

Courses include: Theories of Architectural Design, Practice of Architectural Design, Research in Urban Design, History of Chinese and Foreign Architecture, Survey of Gardening, Private Residence Surveying and Mapping, Introduction to Carpentry, Introduction to Masonry, Architectural Drawing, On-Site Construction, etc.


Department of Urban Design

Courses include: Architectural Design, Urban Planning and Design, Landscape and Garden Design, Urban Engineering, Theories of History, Urban Economics, Geography and Regional Studies, Urban Ecology, etc.


Department of Landscaping

Courses include: Detached Villa Design, Office Building, Landscaping, Interior Design, Landscape Planning, Residence Landscaping, Plant and Vegetation Arrangement, Survey of Gardens, Court and Pavilion Design, Urban Landscape Transformation and Design, etc.


Department of Environmental Art

Courses include: Detached Residence Design, Residential Block Design, Office Building, Landscaping, Interior Design, Private Residence Surveying and Mapping, Landscape Planning, Building Transformation and Interior Design, Furniture Design, etc.

Fine art education

Art appreciating

Art management

Mandatory General Education Courses for Overseas Students at CAA



Freshmen(All students): Literature, Introduction to Art, Computers

(Students majoring in Visual Arts or Media): Anatomy, Perspective

(Students majoring in Design or Architecture): Introduction to Design

Sophomores(All students): History of Chinese Fine Arts, Psychological Health
Juniors(All Students): History of Foreign Fine Arts
Years 1-3(All students): PE

Length and Title of Programs Open to Overseas Students (Subject to Change)

  • Chinese painting and calligraphy
  • Fine art
  • Sculpture & public art
  • Intermedia art
  • Humanities
  • Media & animation
  • Design
  • Manual art
  • Architecture academy
  • Art education and management
  • Division of Specialty Foundation Courses
Chinese Figure Painting4Y3Y3Y
Chinese Landscape Painting4Y3Y3Y
Chinese Bird & Flower Painting4Y3Y3Y
Chinese Painting4Y//
Calligraphy & Sealmaking4Y/3Y
Calligraphy & Education4Y3Y/
Oil Painting4Y3Y3Y
Fresco Painting4Y//
Art for Public Space4Y3Y3Y
Fiber Art4Y
Experiment art4YYY
Medium exhibition4YYY
Open media4YYY
Art History and Theory4Y3Y3Y
Visual Culture4Y3Y3Y
Archaeology and Museology4Y3Y/
Art scheming4Y
Illustration and Cartoon4Y//
Digital Interactive Art4Y3Y/
Film and Video Directing4Y//
Artistic Design in Theater,Film and Video4Y3Y/
Recording Art4Y//
Film and Video Advertising4Y3Y/
Game Design Art4Y3Y/
Visual Communication Design4Y3Y/
Textile Design4Y3Y/
Fashion Design4Y3Y3Y
Interior Textile Design4Y3Y/
Exhibition Design4Y3Y/
Comprehensive Design4Y3Y/
Product Design4Y3Y/
Industrial Design4Y3Y/
Color Design4Y3Y/
Design Theory4Y3Y3Y
Ceramic Art4Y3Y/
Glass Art4Y//
Ornaments Design4Y//
Architectural Art5Y3Y3Y
Urban Design4Y3Y/
Landscape Design4Y3Y/
Environmental Art4Y3Y/
Fine art education4Y3Y/
Art appreciating4Y3Y/
Art management4Y3Y3Y
Visual Art Foundational Studies/3Y/

  Non-degree programs are divided into long-term academic programs, short-term academic programs and short-term Chinese cultural tours. Short-term programs are usually 2 to 8 weeks in length. Cultural tours vary in length. Short-term programs and cultural tours are catered to individual group needs.

Chinese Language Workshops

The non-degree Chinese language program is a foundational program for overseas non-resident students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. It includes, but is not limited to, the following courses:


Intensive Chinese Reading
Students learn contemporary Chinese pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar in a systematic way at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Beginner level classes are conducted in English and Chinese. Intermediate and advanced classes are conducted in Chinese.

Spoken Chinese
In this course, students will acquire beginner, intermediate and advanced communication skills in Chinese. Course objectives include correct pronunciation and intonation, proper speed, and appropriate style and word choice.

Multimedia Audio-Visual Chinese
This course helps students enhance vocabulary usage, develop listening comprehension skills, master common sentence patterns and improve their understanding of sentences, dialogues, articles, and audio-visual material in different scenarios.

Chinese Reading and Writing
This course helps students broaden their vocabulary by doing basic reading training and by writing essays with correct phases and grammar to express their own thoughts.

Chinese Culture
This course gives an overview of Chinese geography, history, politics, economy, culture and art. It aims to eliminate barriers in language learning resulted from cultural differences and misunderstanding, and help students improve Chinese language proficiency through cultural understanding and competency.

Chinese Calligraphy Workshops

  This program is catered to overseas students and includes the following courses: Chinese Calligraphy Emulation, Seal Work Emulation, Creative Calligraphy, and Ancient Chinese Language.

Chinese Calligraphy Emulation
Through emulating the works of various calligraphers from different time periods, the Chinese Calligraphy Emulation courses teaches different structures, brush strokes and styles of Chinese calligraphy and the five major character types (the Kaishu/Regular Script, Lishu/Clerical Script, Zhuanshu/Seal Script, Xingshu/Semi-Cursive Script, and Caoshu/Cursive Script).

Seal Work Emulation
Seal Work Emulation teaches the process, techniques, and styles of seal-making through emulating classic ancient seal works.

Creative Calligraphy
Creative Calligraphy requires student to analyze the brush strokes and character structures of traditional Chinese calligraphy and create their own works of calligraphy art by emulating famous ancient calligraphers.

Ancient Chinese Language
Ancient Chinese Language exposes students to the ancient Chinese written language through classic ancient Chinese literary works. Its objectives are to improve the students’ literacy of ancient Chinese and understanding of ancient Chinese literary works.

  Contents of the above courses are subject to change according to individual students’ competency, needs and length of study so as to maximize their understanding and mastery of Chinese calligraphy.


Chinese Painting Workshops

  There are three components to the Chinese painting program: landscape, flower-and-bird and figures, and a third component still under construction.

The flower-and-bird course includes:
Line Drawing Emulation – enhances students’ understanding of basic forms of flowers and birds, brush strokes and line types in Chinese flower-and-bird painting
Free-style Flower-and-Bird Emulation – presents the forms and presentation styles of the main subject matter in traditional Chinese flower-and-bird painting: plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo trees, chrysanthemum and other flowers, birds, and insects
Fine Line Flower-and-Bird Drawing Emulation – explores the coloring of traditional Chinese flower-and-bird line drawing
Flower-and-Bird Sketching – teaches the forms and structures of flowers and birds, composition and drawing techniques through sketching of live flowers and birds
Creative Flower-and-Bird Painting – lets students create their own flower-and-bird art work on the foundation of emulation and sketching.

The Landscape course includes:
Introduction to Chinese Painting – gives an overview of the materials used in Chinese painting, basic brush strokes, painting techniques and styles for students who are interested in Chinese painting but do not have much experience
Fundamentals of Landscape Painting – teaches students the basic forms and structures of mountains, rocks, trees, clouds and water mass in Chinese painting
Emulation of Ancient Paintings – teaches aesthetics and presentation styles of traditional Chinese landscape painting through emulation of classic ancient paintings
Landscape Sketching – lets students use their skills acquired from emulation in live sketching to create works of landscape painting
Creative Landscape – lets students create their own work of art on the foundation of emulation and sketching
Water and Ink Experimentation – teaches students to create unique Chinese painting effects through experimentation with various inks and Xuan paper

  Contents of the above courses are subject to change according to individual students’ competency, needs and length of study so as to maximize their understanding and mastery of Chinese painting.

Non-degree Short-term Chinese Cultural Tours

In 1984, CAA's College of International Education began to admit short-term cultural visitors and has since then received visiting groups from various countries all over the world. As the rich traditions of Chinese art and culture appeals to different groups at different levels, they tend to differ in visiting time, number of group members, and needs. The CAA offers several regular courses for short-term visitors so as to cater to their respective needs.
Regular Courses:
Calligraphy:Five Chinese scripts are taught in this course - regular script, clerical script, seal script, semi-cursive script, and cursive script. The schedule will be arranged according to the students’ progress. Through the study as well as tracing sessions of brushwork masterpieces, the students will acquire the knowledge of the stroke composition of these scripts and the skill of writing them. They will also learn to appreciate the varied stylistic features of the scripts in different brushworks. 

Traditional Chinese Bird-and-Flower Painting:There are two types of traditional Chinese bird-and-flower painting: fine line bird-and-flower and free-hand bird-and-flower. Intended for short-term students, this course focuses on the tracing of some well-known free-hand brushworks of plum, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and other flowers. The students will learn how to apply appropriate amount of ink to the paper with appropriate strokes, lay out the details, and make inscriptions on the picture.
In addition, the class may also include lectures on Chinese “lineless” bird-and-flower brushworks and devote some sessions to drawing from nature.

Traditional Chinese Landscape Painting:This course teaches how to draw trees, rocks, clouds, and ripples (or waves) as well as introduces the typical Chinese  “three-view perspective” (i.e., high view, deep view, and stretched view). Through the study of some classical landscape brushworks, the class demonstrates skills in making strokes, applying ink, and laying out a picture, while offering the students a glimpse of Chinese philosophy embodied in these brushworks. If time permits, it may also includes sessions for drawing from nature.

Chinese Figure Painting:This course is intended to train the students how to trace some outstanding Chinese figure paintings. Students discover the differences between Chinese and Western styles of making strokes and modeling and learn to appreciate the art of Chinese brushwork. 

Lecture on History of Chinese Painting:The lecture outlines the development of Chinese painting and offers the students a comprehensive overview of China’s thousand-year history of art and culture.
Other Programs/Tours:
1-day program: lecture on the history of Chinese painting; appreciation of Chinese brushwork
3-5-day program: courses in calligraphy, drawing, painting, etc.; one trip to the city of Hangzhou
1-week program: courses in calligraphy, drawing, painting, etc.; two trips to the city of Hangzhou.
2-week program: courses in calligraphy, drawing, painting, etc.; 1-day visit to a neighboring city (e.g., Shaoxing, Wuzhen, Xitang, Shanghai, Suzhou, etc.)
  Any of the above-listed programs will be available for a minimum of eight students. There will be interpreters throughout the program. Please contact us for more details.