Dec 17th 2013
A delegation headed by President HAN Sheng visited University of Southern California (USC) and Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) for mutual exchange on December 3rd, 2013. The delegation also included LIU Qing (deputy director of the Division of Graduate Studies), LV Yan (lecturer of the Department of Acting) and XU Xiaofeng (lecturer from the Department of Stage Design).
USC, one of the most prestigious private universities in the US, has a longstanding history of over 130 years. Located in Los Angeles, the global center for the entertainment industry, USC have always been internationally renowned for its education in such fields as cinematic arts and dramatic arts.
During the visit of the delegation, a memorandum for cooperation between Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) and USC School of Dramatic Arts was signed by the two sides, laying the foundations for future cooperation in student exchange, joint artistic creation, faculty training and the like.
During their stay in the US, the delegates , invited by USC to visit 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks Animation, IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures, were acquainted with the these companies’ procedures in film production, acting, screenwriting, animation design and the like, as well as their demands for art specialists. The delegates also called upon WEI Zhaoping, an alumnus graduating in 1978, who has been working for Dreamworks as an animation designer.
Later, on December 9th, the delegates, after ten hours of flight, arrived at Seoul, South Korea. The next day, they paid a visit to KNUA for exchange. KNUA, one of the most prominent art universities in South Korean, is composed of six interrelated but independent schools---School of Music, School of Drama, School of Film, TV and Multimedia, School of Dance, School of Visual Arts and School of Korean Traditional Arts.
“The visit to USC marks a change in our orientation of cooperation. Most of our partners used to be institutions from the eastern regions of the US, but now we want to cooperate with institutions from both the eastern and western ones”, said President HAN. “The visit also helps us to have a better understanding of the recent trend in world education of dramatic arts. With such new trend, we must review and adapt ourselves to the fundamental changes in the essence and application of drama.”