The School of Art Education, the Open University of China (OUC) was founded on July 3, 2013, in accordance with the OUC’s mission, orientation, and functions. It was founded with the goal of better integrating existing art resources to advance the construction of course resources, to promote social art education, and to meet the demand for art education. The current focus is on offering non-degree art education.

It is key that the School of Art Education develop digital courses. Its major forms of presentation are video courses and online courses via China Education Television, the OUC online learning support service platform, and the OUC Your Arts Network (, providing effective learning paths for all levels of society. The development characteristics of the School of Art Education are reflected in its innovative and project-based work model and “production-teaching-research” integration operating model.

Teaching staff

The School of Art Education employs both full-time and part-time teachers. There are currently eight full-time teachers and 25 part-time teachers, including 12 part-time teachers in the OUC system and 13 well-known artists.


The School of Art Education cooperates with institutions such as the OUC Painting and Calligraphy Art Education Research Institute, the OUC Peking Opera Workshop, and the Division of Distance Music Education Studies. These institutions have developed the Your Arts Network (, and programmes such as the OUC First Peking Opera Concert have been advanced.

Development of video courses

Resource construction has been conducted for fine arts, music, traditional opera, seal cutting, photography, applied arts, dancing, and art appreciation. The courses cover community education, cadre education, senior education, and training plans for both new industrial workers and agricultural laborers. There are also general education courses for OUC students of all majors.

The School strives to create quality video course resources, based on the following four standards. The first is that the content of the courses should be attractive enough to arouse the interest of the public. The second is to bring in famous experts and masters as teachers and to host interviews with famous people to improve the authority of the OUC art courses. The third is to strengthen the diversity of the videos in terms of scene setting, colour composition, music. The fourth is course structure, which should be based on knowledge modules in order to create a solid foundation for any future deconstruction and reconstruction to different application terminals.

Interior design and animation are two of the majors currently offered by the School of Art Education. New majors that meet the needs of society and the actual situation of the OUC should be constantly explored.

In order to strengthen system development, the School of Art Education has founded an art design, and painting teacher group (Wechat QR code) and an OUC interior design group (QQ:125385625).

The OUC School of Art Education

Add: 75 Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100039

Tel: 010-57519159, 010-57519389

Institutional settings and staff

Professor Tang Yingshan is Dean of the School of Art Education.

There are three sections under the administration of the School of Art Education.

General Office:

The General Office is in charge of day-to-day business, organization and affairs, and meetings. Wang Yan is head of the Office.

The Development Centre for Social Art Education Courses:

The Development Centre handles non-degree education, working mainly on integrating arts course resources, advancing the construction of courses, and promoting social art education. Xu Hang is Deputy Head of the Centre, and Yang Yao and Yang Ying are full-time teachers.

Department of Art Design and Animation:

The Department of Art Design and Animation handles degree education. The Department currently offers junior college majors in interior design and animation. It conducts research into the construction of majors for degree education. Ren Tianchun is Deputy Head of the School, and Niu Tao and Zhang Manying are full-time teachers.