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With the support by the Shanghai Municipal Government and the approval by the National Ministry of Education, Fudan University Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA) was formally founded in 2005. And again approved by the National Ministry of Education, SIVA began in 2008 to enroll students with reference to the enrolling system implemented by the 31 national art colleges and universities. After five-year development, SIVA has established its school objective: With creativity as its soul as well as combination of art education and technical education as its specialty, SIVA is determined to make itself an applied institute of visual arts that can meet with the social needs on the basis of cultural and industrial development.
Covering an area of approximately 1,000 mu, SIVA is located in the Songjiang University Town, Songjiang District, Shanghai. The investment for the campus construction and permanent assets has exceeded RMB 600 million yuan. The school boasts a total floor space of 92,876 m2 of campus buildings and a floor space of 41,840 m2 of student dormitories. At present, the school has a faculty of some 300 members and a body of over 3,500 students of four years as well.