Department of Art Theory

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General Information
The School of Arts and Communication has a profound tradition in artistic research. Since China set up the secondary-level discipline of Art in 1995, the development of the discipline has been continuously promoted in this school and became a secondary-level art discipline Beijing Municipal Key Subject in 2008. Founded in 2007, the Department of Art Theory is responsible for the public platform curriculum of undergraduates and postgraduates in the introduction to art, basic theory of art and so on. Currently the Department of Art Theory does not provide undergraduate studies but develops master degree candidates or above.

Faculty Characteristics
Professor Wang Yichuan is an academic leader in the Department of Art Theory and is a famous expert on literary theory, a Changjiang Scholar, and a winner of the National College Renowned Teachers award. The department has developed rapidly in recent years. There are one full-time associate professor and one lecturer. Associate professor Guo Biheng specializes in art history, art and culture, and so on. Li Hongju, the lecturer, specializes in art psychology. They have a more comprehensive academic background, which is conducive to the construction of compound subjects.

Talent Training
The Department of Art Theory is now undertaking the undergraduate compulsory course "Introduction to Art" and Master degree candidates’ compulsory course "Basic Theory of Art." At the graduate level and above, such courses as "Art History," "Art Appreciation and Criticism," "Art Culture," "Sociology of Art," "Art Psychology Research Methods" and so on are provided.

Scientific Research Projects
Professor Wang Yichuan, an academic leader in the Department of Art Theory, acts as the chief expert, together with Professor Dong Xiaoping of the School of Chinese Literature of BNU. They achieved a successful application of "Key Project of National Social Science Foundation- Research on the development strategy for China's cultural soft power." A group of experts and scholars are gathered to form a powerful force developing research in cultural soft power. The Department also undertakes the topics of "985 Projects" and "211 Projects" based on the whole university and school platform.

Discipline Construction
The secondary-level discipline Art is one of the Beijing Municipal Key Subjects. "Chinese Art Annual Report" is published annually, and every year papers on some subjects are published. The Department of Art Theory is building a secondary-level discipline art system with Chinese characteristics.

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