The School of Fine Arts & Design is merged by the former Department of Fine Arts and Design of Guangzhou University and the former Department of Design of Guangzhou Normal University in 1987. The school offers majors to include industrial design, interior and environmental design, visual communication design, and fashion design. The former Department of Fine Arts and Design of Guangzhou University was the first school that offered the relevant majors at the beginning of the reform and opening up and enjoyed a good reputation at home and abroad. The former Department of Design of Guangzhou Normal University started to provide the major of fine arts in 1992. Currently, the School is composed of four departments, namely, the Department of Fine Arts, the Department of Design, the Department of Product and Fashion Design, and the Department of Digital Media Art, and four undergraduate majors, that is, Fine Arts (to include Oil Painting, Traditional Chinese Painting, and Arts and Crafts), Environmental Design, Digital Media Art, and Product Design (to include Fashion and Costume Design).
The School began to enroll Fine Arts postgraduates in 2003 and was granted the right to confer master's degree in Fine Arts in 2006. It is gived the right to confer the degree of national MFA and became a Pilot Organization of the Comprehensive Reform of National Professional Degree Education in 2008. It then obtained the right to grant Master's Degrees in Level-1 Subjects of Arts in 2010 and Master's Degrees in the Level-1 Subjects of Fine Arts and Design in 2011. At present, it has the qualifications of offering three master's programs, to include Level-1 Subjects of Arts, Level-1 Subjects of Design, and MFA (including Fine Arts and Design).
The school possesses a faculty team with strong scientific research and practice capabilities, and rich teaching experience. It has 86 teaching and administrative staff to include one expert receiving a special allowance from the State Council, 15 professors (to include one Level-2 professor), 27 associate professors, three doctoral supervisors, and 48 master's supervisors. 83.8% of the full-time teachers have a doctorate or a master's degree. A number of teachers have important social titles to include Vice-President of Guangzhou Literary Federation, President of Guangzhou Municipal Artist Association (GMAA), President of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Artist Union, Vice-President of the 9th Session of Guangdong Artists Association, Vice-President of the Canton Animation Comic Association, Vice-President of the Comic Strip Committee of China Artists Association, Standing Vice=President and Deputy Secretary-General of the Art Education Branch, the Chinese Society of Education (CSE), Expert in the Consultant Expert Database for Research and Training Programs of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and Expert in the National Arts and Science Reviewer Database.
The School is one of the first colleges and universities which are included in the "Research, Study, and Training Program for Inheritors of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritages" jointly launched by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Moreover, it is a Pilot Organization of Fine Arts (Teacher Education) Undergraduate Courses of the Ministry of Education and is included in the Immersive Art Education Program of Guangdong Province. It possesses academic platforms to include the Guangdong Provincial Experiment Teaching Demonstration Center of Fine Arts and Design, the Guangdong Provincial Demonstration Base for Joint Cultivation of Postgraduates and the Cantonese Culture Research Base.
Over the past five years, teachers of the school undertook 10 projects of the National Social Science Fund (NSSF), humanities and social sciences of the Ministry of Education, and the China National Arts Fund (CNAF) as well as 30 provincial and department-level scientific research projects, and won 28 national awards for works of art and design. The school has signed several exchange and cooperation projects with famous art schools in Germany, Britain, and Italy. In addition, it has signed an industry-academy-research cooperation agreement with a number of cultural and public institutions in Guangdong Province.
A total of 1,280 undergraduates and 86 postgraduates (to include international students) are studying in the School now. Over the past four decades, the School has played a significant role in promoting regional economic and cultural development. It serves to the development of an innovation-oriented country. With comphrehensive subjects and majors, the Lingnan humanistic spirit, and an international vision, it has become an influential and specialized school in South China and the country.