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Central Academy of Fine Arts SCA EXC
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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Agreement Scope:
Sydney College of the Arts
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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2019 Ranking:
Not applicable
Program Description:
Program Description:


Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)
Location: Beijing
Year Established: 1918
Student Population: 4,900
A leading institution for modern art education in China, the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) has nurtured many preeminent artists in the past 60 years.
The CAFA Academy comes under the direct charge of the Ministry of Education and is regarded as China’s most prestigious and renowned art academy. It is one of the most selective schools in the country and only 10 per cent of applicants are accepted each year. CAFA has a range of specialised studios for studies in mural painting, architecture design, material fabrication, multi-media studies and printmaking. It attracted international attention during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, when students protested by creating a large Statue of Democracy.
Unique Characteristics
Under the umbrella of CAFA, there are six schools and college. They are the School of Fine Art, the School of Chinese Painting, the School of Design, the School of Architecture, the School of Humanities, the College of City Design as well as the School of Continuing Education and the Affiliated High School of Fine Art.
The capital of the People’s Republic of China is a huge metropolis – one of history’s great cities and modernising at a frenetic pace. However, the city’s grid-like design makes it relatively easy to find your way around. Its most famous attraction is the ancient Forbidden City and it has five other UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are thousands of affordable eateries and a growing bar and cafe scene. The summers are pleasant, but the winter months can be freezing and the city is occasionally hit by dust and storms that blow in from the desert and can be unpleasant. 

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: Sydney College of Arts



Art Design


Fine Arts


Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Fall Semester: September- January
Spring Semester: March - July

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
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A  = 90-95
A- = 85-89
B+= 80-84
B  = 75-79
B- = 70-74
C+= 67-69
C  = 63-66
C-= 60-62
D  = 0-60

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Chinese.



What is the host city like?
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Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students are to be researched individually
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar not available on external site
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
The International Students Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia

Student Experiences

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