About Us

IMCCI Key Benefits

🇭🇳  Two-year MA program taught in English
🇺🇸  Full scholarship available
🇲🇾  An interdisciplinary program with a focus on contemporary visual and performing arts
🇹🇭  Located in Taipei, Asia’s most LGBTQ-friendly city with rich arts and culture industries
🇨🇦  Join the “Critical Ecologies” project under the “Shared Campus” program, cooperatively launched by seven arts institutions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kyoto, London, and Zurich
🇪🇸  University Social Responsibility (USR) funding from the Ministry of Education to conduct fieldwork and research in Indigeneity and the Global South
🇹🇼  Guest lectures from industry professionals and researchers provide up-to-date knowledge of current debates and trends


Curatorial Studies, Trip to Taichung, 2015

Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA)’s International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries (IMCCI) is a unique interdisciplinary graduate program for students who want to make a difference in the future of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI).  It combines a broad range of courses in the arts and its related cultural policies from international and local perspectives. The curriculum incorporates a variety of resources from across the university, as well as the cosmopolitan city of Taipei, where the best of the arts come together throughout the year.


This is the only English-taught program offering full scholarship to explore CCI within the environment of a comprehensive arts university with international faculty and top facilities in Taipei. Our diverse and professional faculty offers seminars and workshops on the latest concepts and practical experiences in the field to prepare students for a career in CCI.

IMCCI is a unique interdisciplinary program that draws on critical theories, cultural studies, and art management. Drawing on critical theory and cultural studies, this program provides a foundation in the structure and history of art, and explores practical and theoretical issues facing artists, curators, art entrepreneurs, professionals, and art policy-makers today.

Unlike other institutions that separate performing from visual arts, you’ll benefit from the collaboration that occurs in this truly interdisciplinary program. Taipei National University of the Arts is a leading contemporary arts institution in visual art and performing arts in Asia. You’ll have opportunities to take elective courses across the university, with access to TNUA’s seven Schools of Music, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts, Dance, Film and New Media, Cultural Resources and Humanities. You will also be able to participate in the “Shared Campus” program, a cooperation platform for international education formats and research networks launched by seven arts institutions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kyoto, London, and Zurich. 

Our program, the International Masters program in Cultural and Creative Industries (IMCCI) is specifically designed for the arts and culture sector, providing training and research in contemporary arts and art management strategies for creative industries worldwide. The Program is built around 3 key areas: Arts and Humanities Core Theories, Arts and Contemporary Issues, and their application in Knowledge of international Business Management theories and practice. We investigate crucial studies in Critical Theories, Performativity and Corporeality, and Curatography. Some topics in our Arts and Contemporary Issues courses include Contemporary Art in Taiwan and Beyond, Performing Arts in Taiwan and Beyond, Global Indigeneity, Fieldwork in Art, Critical Ecology, Socially Engaged Art, and Art and Anthropocene, with applications in Curatorial Practice, Art Marketing Strategies, Art Organization Management, Art Exhibition and Event Practice, and Cultural Policy.

Currently, our program receives special funding from the Ministry of Education to support activities related to the University Social Responsibility (USR) program, which allows us to conduct further fieldwork and research on Indigeneity in Taiwan, as well as investigate inequality issues that have been discussed in the concept of the Global South.

The academic expertise of our faculty and students form a diverse and welcoming community united by a passion for contemporary arts and performance as well as the wider arts and cultural sector. Our student population includes young professionals from various cultural backgrounds across five continents. They merge creativity and entrepreneurship, participating in art exhibitions, arts festivals, films, performing arts productions, and other activities that constitute Taipei’s rich cultural landscape.

If you are seeking a career in the arts or creative industries, or if you are a professional looking to enhance your existing knowledge and career prospects, then this course is ideal for you.

While the MA does not include an organized internship, our dedicated academic staff assists students in acquiring practical experience through sharing information about competitive internship opportunities, offered by our art partners or other organizations across Taipei. Previous students from within the program have interned at the National Taiwan Museum, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei Artist Village, Hong-Gah Museum, which gives you an idea of the exciting opportunities on offer. We also plan to collaborate with the Taipei Performing Arts Center, and the UNESCO non-profit organization International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians.

This program is designed to help you continue to innovate in your field, while providing the curation skills and attributes to bring your creative and art practices and/or knowledge to the next level.


Cultural Organization Management Field Trip, PicCollage HQ, 2016


Features of IMCCI

IMCCI program focuses on cultivating professionals in the field of cultural and creative industries, with arts-related courses covering “Cultural and Creative Industries Management” and “Aesthetics and Cultural Creative Industries”. Through seminars, on-site visits, and internships or thesis, IMCCI cooperates with various academic institutions and industries to incorporate theory and practice, establishing long-term networking for students and alumni around the world.


IMCCI Graduation Requirements

1. The standard time for degree completion: 2 to 4 years
(We encourage you to graduate in 2 years)

2. Credits needed to graduate: 31

  • 4 credits in required courses (Research Method and Independent Study I & II)
  • 6 credits in Arts and Humanities Core Courses (Choose at least 2 courses, 6 credits)
  • 6 credits in Arts Management Core Courses (Choose at least 2 courses, 6 credits)
  • 9 credits in Arts Perspectives (Choose at least 3 courses, 9 credits)
  • 6 credits in Electives (6 credits)