The Department of Fine Arts was founded in 1957. At the beginning it was a two-year fine arts specialized training programme launched at New Asia College, which consisted of two divisions, namely Chinese Painting and Western Painting. Invited by Dr. Ch’ien Mu, Mr. Chen Shih-wen, the oil painting master who had studied Western art in France, became the first director of the programme. Teachers in the early days included Mr. Ding Yanyong, master of painting, Chinese Calligraphy, and seal carving and had studied Western art in Japan; Mr. Wang Chi-Ch’ien, art collector and connoisseur; and Mr. Zeng Keduan, Chinese calligrapher, etc.; renowned artists like Mr. Zao Wou-Ki, master of postwar abstraction, and Mr. Pu Ru (Xinyu), eminent Chinese painter, were invited to give lectures.
In 1959 it was developed into a four-year undergraduate programme. When The Chinese University of Hong Kong was established in 1963, New Asia College was one of the University’s constituent colleges. The Department of Fine Arts became the first tertiary institute to offer courses of visual arts in Hong Kong.
Since then, the Department has developed a balanced and comprehensive undergraduate, and established postgraduate programmes including MPhil (1981), PhD (1992), MFA (1993) and MA (2009) programmes. All these have made the Department a strategic base for training art professionals in Hong Kong.
歷任系主任 Department Heads
• 陳士文 Chen, Shih-wen (1957-62)
• 王季遷 Wang, Chi-Ch’ien (1962-64)
• 虞君質 Yu, Chun-Chih (1964-70)
• 王佶 (代) Wang, Chi (acting) (1970-71)
• 曾堉 Tseng, Yu (1971-72)
• 劉國松 Liu, Kuo-song (1972-76)
• 高美慶 Kao, Mayching (1975-77; 1981-84)
• 屈志仁 Watt, Chi-yan James (1977-81)
• 張義 Cheung, Yee (1984-92)
• 李潤桓 Lee, Yun Woon (1992-2000)
• 蘇芳淑 So, Fong-suk Jenny (2000-08)
• 莫家良 Mok, Ka-leung Harold (2008- )
The Department of Fine Arts is celebrating its 60th anniversary, for details please visit the Department’s website and Facebook.
延伸閲讀 Further Readings
• 《師道傳承 : 從新亞至中大的傳藝者》。香港：香港中文大學藝術系系友會，2012。
Mr. Zao Wou-Ki (standing) was invited by New Asia College as visiting professor of the Fine Arts programme (1958)
新亞書院邀請溥儒先生主持藝術講座，錢穆先生請教育司署延長溥儒先生留港期限 (15/12/1958) (資料來源：香港歷史檔案館檔案編號HKRS147-3-5)
New Asia College intended to invite Mr. Pu Ru to give lectures on Chinese Arts and Dr Chi’en Mu asked the Education Department to extend Mr. Pu Ru’s stay in Hong Kong (15/12/1958) (Source: HK Public Records Office Reference No. HKRS147-3-5)
Group photo of the Department of Fine Arts, New Asia College (1959)
丁衍庸先生教授寫畫 (1974) (相片來源：《師道傳承 : 從新亞至中大的傳藝者》，頁29)
Mr. Ding Yanyong teaching drawing (1974) (Source: 《師道傳承 : 從新亞至中大的傳藝者》, p29)