Yunnan Arts University was established in 1959, as a comprehensive university for arts education in southwest China. YAU is accredited by the Committee on Academic Degrees of the State Council to confer M.A., B.A., and associate degrees.
Yunnan Arts University consists of Music School, Fine Art School, Art and Design School, Drama School, Dance School, Film and Television School, Art and Culture School, Continued Education School, a privately sponsored Wenhua College and an Affiliated Art Middle School. The university confers M.A. degrees in music, fine arts, theatre, design, dance and art theory.
With an excellent concept of inherent tradition, study from folk customs, serve the society, rest on the miscellaneous culture of minority background, Yunnan Arts University created a large number of art works and cultivated nearly 20,000 artistic teachers and artists for Yunnan province.
The artists and art works of Yunnan Arts University won many prestigious awards in the competitions of fine arts and art design, and got the outstanding position in the art institutes of China.