Taipei National University of the Arts
Taipei National University of the Arts

Chapman University’s Dodge College heads to Taiwan for newest partnership

Continuing to expand its alliances and overall footprint throughout Asia, Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the world’s premiere film schools, has entered into a partnership with the prestigious Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) that will see the two institutions collaborate on a number of initiatives to further film education experiences for students in both countries. Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett made the agreement official at a signing today in Taipei, Taiwan, during the Kuan Du Arts Festival.

Dodge College and TNUA are undertaking this collaboration for the purpose of promoting an academic interchange between the two institutions. Recognizing the importance of mutual collaboration and the contributions to the industry made by institutions of higher education, the schools desire to promote exchange between the faculty and students as well as the exchange of academic and creative ideas in the film world.

The program components to be developed under the initial phase of the partnership may include joint educational forum projects, joint artistic and experimental projects, faculty exchange and student exchange.

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is no stranger to collaborations with partners in Asia. The school maintains a partnership with Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore, offering a two-year degree program in creative producing at the Ngee Ann campus in Singapore. Chapman also has ongoing partnerships with the Seoul Institute of the Arts and Dongseo University in Busan, as well as with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia’s largest film festival, to present Busan West in Orange, California. Busan West presents a unique filmmaker showcase that brings select Asian films and filmmakers from BIFF to the U.S. to create a new platform for heightened recognition outside of Asia.

As the most important institution for educating artists in Taiwan, TNUA embraces a principle that stresses both the traditional and modern, and both the international and local. Its pedagogy gives equal emphasis to both the theoretical and the practical, with a mission to nurture generations of artists for Taiwan, and to elevate the country’s overall artistic and cultural achievements.

TNUA’s educational goal is to nurture “innovators and creators” in the world of arts. It particularly stresses the importance of unleashing creativity in different fields. It was founded in 1982. At the time, the government, in response to Taiwan society’s expectations for arts education, invested various resources into founding the National Institute of the Arts (NIA). Kuandu was selected as the permanent site of its campus in 1991, and in 2001 NIA was renamed as TNUA.

Dawn Bonker

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