Taipei National University In 1979, the Executive Yuan, unveiling a plan to promote cultural and recreational activities, decided to set up a higher education institution dedicated to nurturing talents for fine arts, performing arts and academic research. So the school had to be founded on the "highest standards". The government at the time invested multiple resources and assembled a team of elite in order to provide new momentum for the development of the nation's arts and related human resources. On October 22, 1980 a preparatory committee was formed by leading figures from the arts and educational sectors, and on July 1, 1982 the National Institute of the Arts was born.
Taipei National University was founded with three departments: Music, Fine Arts and Theatre Arts. Classes were taught in rooms borrowed from the Taipei International Youth Center. In 1983, the school added the Department of Dance. In April 1985, classes were moved to facilities borrowed from the National Overseas Chinese Student University Preparatory School at Luchou, Taipei County. In September 1990, construction work on the Kuandu campus was completed. In late July 1991, the school was formally relocated to Kuandu. The school's entire staff and students took part in a ritualistic parade to the new campus, marking a brand new stage of the school's development. Taipei National University has six schools covering major areas in arts and culture: Music, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts, Dance, Film and New Media, and Culture Resources. Its comprehensiveness and range of facilitiesï¼including a Concert Hall, Dance Theatre .Experimental Theatre, Movie Theatre and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts ï¼are rare among the world’s universities. It is an ideal training ground for arts talents through a pedagogy that places equal emphases on the academic and practical sides. Aside from the colleges and departments, the university houses the state-of-the-art Music Hall, the Performing Arts Center, including a theater hall and a dance recital hall, the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, a library, an Olympic-size swimming pool, the Center for the Study of Traditional Arts, a computer center, and the Center for the Study of Art and Technology.
The mission of the CTA is to foster an incubating environment for ‘Future Traditional Arts’, where traditional artists/artisans, communities/tribes, NGOs, teachers/students, and other art-related businesses can showcase works, share experiences, exchange latest innovation and inspire the next generation of traditional artists. We believe that traditional arts only sustain in full understanding of the living environment of tradition. Since 2010 we have developed educational programs and workshops working in the fields and with communities. These programs and workshops are based upon two threads: folk arts and traditional crafts. We anticipate that new educational models of traditional arts are to be established through these programs and will contribute to answer the world-sharing issue of cultural sustainability.