Art Institutes Crowded with Examinees, But Not for Art
    2011-02-24 20:26:01      Web Editor: Guo

China's art institutions have started recruiting students for this year's class, welcoming tens of thousands of college entrance test examinees from across the nation.

But unfortunately, most of the students are not interested or talented in art.

The main reason they have applied to art school is the institutions have lower point requirements for art students on the national college entrance examination, "The Beijing Daily" reports.

Scores of art institutions have acceptance thresholds that are on average 100 to 200 points lower than those of regular universities and colleges. As a result, some underperforming students have resorted to applying to art institutions for a diploma.

The news report cited one examinee surnamed Shi who was waiting outside the Beijing Film Academy, one of China most famous art institutions, for a second interview. His mother said Shi applied for five majors at the school, hoping to increase his chances of acceptance.

Many prospective students at the Beijing Film Academy usually apply for 10 or more majors to try to boost their chances of getting in. Students and their parents there recently compared notes to determine which majors would be the most lucrative, the report said.

To be more competitive, many examinees attended exam training courses and spent several months cramming for their interviews.

But most qualifying art students have long-time training and art experience. Last-minute preparations are not a great help, said Wang Jinsong, Deputy Head of the School of Performance at the Beijing Film Academy. He added that the school has attached greater importance to cultural creativity, upping the ante for students who want to enroll.


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