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Message from the Director

publish date : 2017-02-17 update date : 2017-02-17
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)is an institution of higher education in southern Taiwan that originated as a college of engineeringandevolved into its current status as a comprehensive university of diversified colleges, working to achieve its objectives of academic and research excellence. In 1994, the Graduate Institute of Art Studies was founded topromote and enhance the presence of the humanities and arts at NCKU. The Institute comprises a full-time faculty of six professors—two full professors (specializing in drama and music), three associate professors (specializingin fine arts andmusic) and one assistant professor (specializing in drama), with four adjacent faculty members.Followingour short-medium range development plan proposed in the 2012-2013 academic year, we have been working to achieve a balanced distribution of faculty members in the three disciplines of the arts, implement curriculum reforms, deepen interdisciplinary education with regard to thearts, and push for the establishment of College of Art Studies in NCKU.

The Institute has established and revised its curriculum in line with its educational objectives andcore ability expectations. The curriculum consists of courses in the five categories of research methodology, history, reviews, special topics in arts theory, and interdisciplinary research in the three disciplines of drama, music and fine arts. Of the courses offered by the program,Research Methodology on Art Studies, Aesthetics, and Seminar on Art are currently designated as required courses and taught by professors fromthe three disciplines. The Institute has made progress in terms of curriculum reform over the past few years. In 2014, we were awarded a prize for our performance in a university curriculum reform implementation contest. To enhance interdisciplinary education based on our current program structure, we have established the course of Seminar on Newly-composed Taiwanese Opera, scheduled to be co-taught by professors of music and drama in the fall semester of the 2015-2016 academic year, and the courses of Fiction, Film and Drama and Fine Arts Museum History, Repository and Contemporary Exhibition, scheduled to be jointly taught by professors of music and drama in the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Apart from its graduate program curriculum, the Institute offers courses designated for the subject category of life and artsin thehigh school teacher education program.In 2015, we proposed launching a new course of Performing Arts in addition to the existing course of Applied Visual Arts. While pending the approval of the Ministry of Education, the new course is designed to cultivate talented teachers in performing arts, and scheduled to be jointly taught by professors of drama and music from the Institute and college faculty members teaching courses in the Drama Program. With these courses, we aim to help our students lay a solid academic foundation and improve their interdisciplinary research proficiency in art studies, thereby acquiring the professional knowledge and skills required for future career development.

Over the last three years we have organized three major conferences, including the 2012 International Symposium on Artistic Styles and Expressions: The Foreign and the Domestic, The Second Forum on Art and Technology (for The Southern Taiwan Alliance of Colleges, Departments and Graduate Institutes of Arts Studies), and the 2014 Drama Interdisciplinary Academic Conference. In 2015, we are scheduled to host 2015 International Symposium on the Transformation of Traditional Chinese Music and Folk Art Performance. Meanwhile, we have seen the successful publication of our institute journal, Art Forum, thanks to the contributions of all faculty members.

Besides its faculty members, the Institute is staffed with two administrative personnel: one being responsible for general business administration involving the director’s office, committee resolutions and student affairs, while the other working for the management of the college Phoenix Theater.

Aboveall, we hope to achieve the goals set for our medium-long range development plan to create a more comprehensive blueprint of the humanities and arts on the campus of NCKU.
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