Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts（GAFA），the only one of its kind in South China, is the predecessor of Central South College of Fine Arts, a merger of South China Institute of Art and Literature in Guangzhou, Central South Institute of Art and Literature in Wuhan, and the Guangxi Institute of Art. The merger, which was initiated in 1953, in 1958 and was renamed as Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. In the same year, the school began to enroll undergraduate students. The Academy is directly under the provincial government of Guangdong. The bachelor degree education includes 11 disciplines and 38 directions. The Master degree studies boasts three degree programs (Fine Arts Studies, Design Studies, and Art Studies), and one professional Master degree program. There is a student population of more than 8,143, which consists of 5,327 regular undergraduate students, 516 full-time graduate students, 81 serving graduate students, and 2,219 students of adult education, and 45 international students.