Confucius Partnerships


We were founded as a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, Beijing Dance Academy and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Please see our partners below

Beijing Dance Academy

Beijing Dance Academy campus - a tan coloured building sits behind a rock engraved with the Beijing Dance Academy name in Chinese

Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance is partnered with Beijing Dance Academy (BDA), which is a renowned institution of higher education of dance in China. Established in 1954, BDA offers programs at secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels and has a unique system of dance education including majors such as Chinese classical dance, Chinese ethnic and folk dance, ballet, social dance, choreography, dance studies and more.

Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance continues to work with Beijing Dance Academy very closely in order to bring authentic and professional Chinese Dance to the UK. You may get to know more on the Beijing Dance Academy website (Chinese language). (Photo credit: Jerry Made)

Capital Normal University

Capital Normal University campus, a modern, silver building on a blue sky

Capital Normal University was founded in 1954 and is located in Beijing, the political and cultural centre of China. Beijing is a beautiful city with a long and rich history and culture, imbued with modern bearing and charm.

Capital Normal University is well-known for its role in cultural transmission and innovation and offers complete academic disciplines in liberal arts, science, engineering, management, law, education, art, and foreign languages. It has also opened many research fields with unique oriental cultural characteristics, such as the Chinese literature and traditional culture, calligraphy, oriental dance, and national martial arts, providing the best environment for young people from all over the world to learn the Chinese language.

Students studying on our joint honours programme will study at CNU for one year as part of their language learning.

To find out more please visit the Capital Normal University website.

Beijing International Studies University

Beijing International Studies University campus - a red brick wall embossed with the school's name in silver

Beijing International Studies University was founded in 1964 with just 200 students. Since then it has expanded to more than 10,000 students including over 700 overseas students. BISU has nearly 25 academic departments and research centres.

BISU is a renowned institute of higher education offering subjects and courses in foreign languages, tourism management, liberal arts, management, economics, and law.

Find out more on the Beijing International Studies University website.

China Academy of Art

China Academy of Art campus - a grey rock surrounded by greenery and flowers is engraved with the school name in black

The China Academy of Art is the most influential academy of fine arts offering PhD., master’s and bachelor’s degrees in fine arts, design, architecture, multi-media and film.

The Academy was founded by the renowned educator Mr Cai Yuanpei in 1928 promoting fine arts education in the then war-torn China. 

There are currently 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students in four campuses with a faculty and staff of 800. The Academy is headquartered in the Nanshan campus, which is located right on the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou.

The academy has fostered many renowned artists who have become major artistic forces in the country, making it one of the most prestigious art institutions in the country.

The Academy encourages diversity in thinking, art exploration and academy research.

Find out more about the China Academy of Art.