In recent years, GAFA proactively responded to the needs of national and regional socioeconomic development and pursued knowledge innovation, S&T progress and discipline development. In view of its positioning and actual conditions, GAFA has worked to further promote the integration of disciplines and majors, constantly optimize the mechanism for discipline construction and improve talent training quality. Now it offers 29 pathways in 28 majors, including Fine Arts, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Experimental Art, Art Design, Visual Communication Design, Environmental Design, Product Design, Clothing and Apparel Design, Public Art, Arts and Crafts, Digital Media Art, Art and Technology, Ceramic Art Design, Design for Theatre, Film and Television, Animation, Film and Television Photography and Production, Art Education, Clothing Design and Engineering, Industrial Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Art Management, Cultural Relics Conservation and Restoration, and Package Design. Among them, twelve undergraduate majors (Animation, Industrial Design, Arts and Crafts, Fine Arts, Experimental Art, Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Communication Design, Environmental Design, and Product Design) were recognized as National First-class Majors and another six majors (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Photography, Clothing and Apparel Design, Digital Media Art, Art and Technology), Provincial First-class Majors under the country’s “Double Ten Thousand Plan”, an initiative launched by the Ministry of Education to develop the first-class undergraduate majors and revitalize the undergraduate education in China. Other highlight majors include:
- One major as national Pilot for Comprehensive Syllabus Reform;
- Four national and eight Provincial Characteristic majors;
- Two Provincial Key Majors;
- Six provincial discipline reform pilot projects; and
- Two Provincial Demonstrative Majors for Practice-oriented Talent Training.
For undergraduate majors, GAFA has gradually developed a new pattern that emphasizes the demand of the society, first-class majors, multidisciplinary integration and dynamic adjustment.