Yunnan Arts Institute (YNAI), founded in 1959, is the only comprehensive art university in Southwest China. It is authorized by the Academic Degree Committee of the China’s National Council to confer Master Degrees on students specializing in Dramatics, Musicology, Study of Art Design, Study of Art and Study of Fine Arts. YNAI consists of seven schools: the School of Music, School of Dance, School of Drama, School of Fine Arts, School of Art Design, School of Adult Education and Wen Hua School; together with two departments: the Department of Movie & Television and the Department of Art & Culture. The university also has an Attached Middle & High School.
The International Art and Culture Exchange Center (IACEC) for YNAI is responsible for recruiting, teaching, and administrating international students. IACEC has 4 staff members and 6 Chinese teachers, all of whom are holders of the Certificate for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and many more experienced full-time and part-time teachers teaching either art or Chinese courses. Since 1996 when YNAI was authorized to enroll international students, more than 500 students have studied either the Chinese Language, cultural courses or arts here.
International students, as well as students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are all welcome to apply to YNAI for either degree study, or non-degree study which can be either long-term or short-term. Students can also come with exchange programs or other academic activities.