The School of Arts was established in 2000, based on the Department of Arts that initiated art education back in the early 1950s. The school is currently composed of six departments and teaching and research sections (Art Design, Painting, Animation, Music, Dancing, as well as Drama, Film, and Television), offering 13 undergraduate programs in visual communication design, painting, animation, photography, sculpture, fine arts, musicology, musical performance（instrument performance）, musical performance（vocal performance）, dancing performance, choreography, performing arts, and costume design. The school is one of the institutions that provide the broadest spectrum of art programs in comprehensive universities.
The school offers a doctoral program in Chinese ethnic art, two Primary Master’s Degree programs in fine arts, and in music and dancing, a Secondary Master’s Degree program in Chinese ethnic art, and an MFA program. There are 11 laboratories available for performing, film and television production, physique, design, sculpture, copperplate, screen printing, multi-dimensional animation, MIDI, recording studio, and photographic studio. To accommodate the needs of over 2,500 undergraduates and over 420 postgraduates, the school employs a teaching staff of 139 members, including 48 professors and associate professors. Furthermore, over 30 nationally famous artists and art educators serve as honorary professors, specially appointed professors, and visiting professors in the school. Over the past years, the faculty and students have won gold and silver awards in national and international events for their artistic creation and performances. In terms of academic studies, the faculty has received many awards at the provincial and ministerial levels, completed a host of research projects, and published a considerable number of academic papers in top publications, a great achievement that dwarfs many other arts schools in comprehensive universities nationwide. Currently, the school has sent over 20 teachers and researchers abroad for lecturing and further study.