University & Program

National Central University

Graduate Institute of Art Studies

Program Level
Language of instruction
50% taught in English

Since our beginning in 1993, the Graduate Institute of Art Studies has established itself as the first and leading Master of Arts program that integrates Eastern and Western modern art history in Taiwan. It has cultivated numerous young art historians and professionals in the arts and culture sector. As part of the College of the Humanities, the Institute has close relationships with the literature, philosophy, and history departments, and closely collaborates with the Art Center and Visual Culture Research Center. Students come from a variety of backgrounds and receive interdisciplinary and rigorous training in art history and visual culture studies. Our alumni fill top posts in university and high-school education and pursue successful careers in the fields of publishing, creative industry, galleries, museums, and public cultural bureaus, etc.

We are committed to providing an excellent curriculum in four main areas: aesthetics and art theories, Western art history, Asian art history, cultural heritage and policy. Besides the coursework, we organize international and national conferences, museum visits, lecture series, and career workshops, and arrange exhibition internships in collaboration with the Art Center. We aim to:

1. Advance the scholarship in modern art history and conduct comparative and cross-cultural study in Eastern and Western art histories.

2. Equip students with professional abilities in art writing, publishing, administration, and education in order to meet the changing needs of the society.

3. Collaborate with domestic and overseas universities in academic exchange and research projects.

-Educational goals
1. A solid research foundation: Ensure the status of art studies as a branch of the humanities, and cultivate solid, independent research skills in art studies.

2. Flexibility in diverse research: Cultivate students’ reasoning and research skills with respect to textual and non-textual information, based on the roles of the arts and culture in modern society, and based on the influence of audiovisual media in today’s information-proliferating society.

3. The ability to apply what one has learned: Cultivate basic skills in planning artistic activities as well as the flexibility to adjust to different working requirements, in line with a developing society and economy, the explosive growth of art-related activities, and increasing demands on human resources.

-Core abilities
1. Professional knowledge: familiarity with basic art historical knowledge and the relevant research methods and theories.

2. Logical and critical ability: ability to analyze documents and audiovisual information, to discern their discursive content, and to judge whether they are true and correct.

3. Ability to communicate clearly: ability to speak and write clearly, and to express their individual ways of thinking fully.

4. A diverse and international vision: comparing art across eras, regions, and fields, contemplating cultural differences and the outcomes of mutual influence.

5. Self-initiative in learning: ability to use document databases and audiovisual data to supplement / expand upon what is learned in the classroom.

6. Integrative and innovative capabilities: ability to integrate what one has learned, to make the most of team spirit, to cooperate with people from different fields, to make flexible use of new knowledge, and to create new perspectives.


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