Central Academy of Drama Introduction:
The Central Academy of Drama (Zhong Xi) is the top drama school in Asia and is located in an area of old Beijing in Nan Luo Gu Xiang.
About Central Academy of Drama
The academy was established in April 1950. It was named by Mao Zedong. It inherited the drama department of Lu Xun Art Academy in Yan’an, art school of North China University, and National Drama College in Nanjing.
Most famous Chinese actors, actresses, and directors graduated from the Academy, such as Ziyi Zhang, Jiang Wen, Gong Li.
The graduated students are all over the film and TV industry, also influence the development of Chinese Drama, Film and television. It is regarded as the most preeminent drama school in Asia.
The Academy is often visited by scouts looking for actors for Chinese movies and so foreigners can have the opportunity to take part in films.
The Academy is extremely competitive for Chinese students to attend, and there are many applications per place.
Central Academy of Drama is located in the center of Beijing on Nan Luo Gu Xiang Hutong, which is a beautiful area of old Beijing.
It is located closer to the CBD than most of the other Universities which are in the student district in Haidian, the North West of Beijing.
As there are less foreigners in this area it can be an advantage in learning Chinese. Some pictures of Nan Luo Gu Xiang are below
There is accommodation available to students on campus. Students should put in a request for the accommodation when they apply.
Chinese Language Program
Chinese Language Program Introduction to the Chinese Language Program The Chinese Language Program is a full time intensive Chinese program.
The classes are in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free to explore the city, or to take extra classes, or activities. There are about 30-40 foreign students at the academy each year. There are also optional afternoon drama classes that foreign students can take free of charge.