[School of Hallyu] International Talent Regard Korea National University of the Arts

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Performance “Amore, Amore Mio” by Jeon Misook Dance Company affiliated with Korea National University of the Arts [KOREA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARTS]

Netflix’s hit drama “Squid Game” (2021) did more than just shine a spotlight on Korean content to the world. Thanks to Indian serial actor Anupam Tripathi, who built his acting career in Korea after graduating from Korea National University of the Arts as a scholarship student, international talents now dream of making their first steps in the world of theater through local art schools.

“Anupam is really an inspirational figure to me,” said Amarbold Gansukh from Mongolia, a senior theater major at the School of Drama at Korea National University of the Arts and also an artist managed by the agency. YG KPlus entertainment. “A lot of people who heard what he wanted to do were skeptical, but he made it work and he helps us dream that we too can break through the glass ceiling and shine.”

The inspiration Tripathi has provided to international students in Korea aligns with the goals of Korea National University of the Arts since its establishment in 1992 as a public art school. The school’s two main goals are to provide an educational service so that Koreans do not need to consider studying abroad when they want to study the arts, and to become a place where students foreigners wish to come for their education. Currently, of the university’s 3,096 undergraduate students, 62 are international students.

Actor Anupam Tripathi from "squid game" (2021) on Netflix, center, studied at Korea National University of Arts. [SCREEN CAPTURE]

Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ (2021) actor Anupam Tripathi, center, studied at Korea National University of the Arts. [SCREEN CAPTURE]

After opening with its music school, the university continued to add other areas of study. It now has six different departments – School of Film, Television and Multimedia, School of Drama, School of Dance, School of Visual Arts and School of Korean Traditional Arts, in addition to the School of Music.

A performance scene "river run" by Cha Jin Yeob and Vakki of Korea National University of the Arts [IRO]

A scene from the performance “Riverrun” by Cha Jin Yeob and Vakki of Korea National University of the Arts [IRO]

Thanks to its graduates who have been active in films and television series, young children and teenagers dream of entering the same school where their favorite stars studied and trained. The school was initially best known as a place for training talents in classical arts like classical music or ballet, but with Korean films that proved popular in theaters overseas, the drama school and the School of Film, Television and Multimedia have attracted more attention.

Actor Park So-dam from the 2019 film "Parasite" graduated from the National University of Arts in Koprea [ILGAN SPORTS]

Actor Park So-dam of 2019 film “Parasite” graduates from Koprea National University of Arts [ILGAN SPORTS]

Tripathi isn’t the only famous graduate of Korea National University of the Arts. Actor Park So-dam from the award-winning film “Parasite” (2019), Kim Go-eun from the TV drama “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” (2016-17), actor Lee You-young from the 2021 film “ Maybe Love” and musical performer and actor Lee Sang-yi from the 2021 TV show “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” are also among the university’s alumni.

“The biggest changes we’ve seen recently in the art scene are that people are opting for unique works rather than what fits the stereotype of the role model, and people are more concerned about whether creativity is a capacity that can be fostered without any inherent talent,” said Kim Dae-jin. , president of the Korea National University of the Arts.

“Because we have schools touching on six different genres of art, students have a better chance of experimenting with areas outside of their majors in an attempt to bring together different ideas and forms. The school is also constantly working on building an educational system that can help students come together harmoniously.

A scene from the video "nipple war 3" directed by Baek Siwon of Korea National University of the Arts [KOREA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARTS]

A scene from the “Nipple War 3” video directed by Baek Siwon of Korea National University of Arts [KOREA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARTS]

It’s not just the people who draw attention to the university, it’s also their works.

With the emergence of more channels for distributing creative works, the barriers to filmmaking, television directing, and screenwriting are falling.

“What multiplayer can do is gain momentum in the entertainment industry,” said Sngmoo Lee, a professor at Korea National University of the Arts and a director. “Instead of having students become experts in a field of study, we are focusing more on training them to become content creators who can define their own identity.”

Lee worked with online platform TikTok to help students produce vertical videos suitable for smartphone users, and found that many students were intrigued to see instant feedback from people commenting in different languages ​​online.

Actor Kim Go-eun of the TV drama

Actor Kim Go-eun of TV drama “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” (2016-17) graduated from Korea National University of the Arts [ILGAN SPORTS]

“The attitude you have about creating content that can be watched by anyone in the world is different from the attitude you have when you’re considering creating a piece that targets the [smaller] 10 million viewership,” Lee said. “Students now have a new market and audience that previous generations did not have. Not all should aim to go global, but it is important to further expand curricula and school systems so that students can see the big picture and then choose their own path.

The university is trying to revive a global project it had planned to launch before the pandemic. Part of the project will see current and former students travel to overseas festivals or government events to find more job opportunities. Recently, students specializing in traditional Korean performances traveled to Colombia and participated in a workshop with the 2022 Bogota International Book Fair. Korea was the guest of honor at the event.

Actor Lee Sang-yi from the TV show

Actor Lee Sang-yi of 2021 TV show “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” graduated from Korea National University of the Arts [ILGAN SPORTS]

When it comes to creative projects in college, it’s all about teamwork. Communication between students and teachers, and even outside help is crucial. So far, the university only offers courses in Korea, so international students must be fluent in the language.

“Since our school’s programs are not just about attending a lecture, but rather creating creative pieces in class – and some pieces take an entire year to produce – we need all students to cooperate with each other. others and communicate constantly,” Kwon said. Yu-won, head of international relations at the university. However, the school imposes a somewhat more relaxed language requirement for international students entering the school through a scholarship program than for those entering through regular admission.

Students working in a glass studio at the School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of the Arts [KIM KYOUNGSOO]

Students working in a glass studio at the School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of the Arts [KIM KYOUNGSOO]

The school is particularly popular internationally for its AMA+ scholarship, also known as the Art Major Asian Plus scholarship, which has hosted talents like Tripathi in Korea. The public university has been recruiting talent from developing and less-developed countries since 2005. The program is an official development assistance project of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism aimed at supporting struggling artistic talent. Currently, 35 out of 62 international students studying for an undergraduate degree are participating in the scholarship program. Another 33 on the program are working towards a certificate which is equivalent to a master’s degree.

Since 2005, 325 students from 32 countries have benefited from the AMA+ scholarship. Not only were their tuition covered, but they also received a monthly stipend of 800,000 won ($631.60), a Korean language training program for four months before school started, medical insurance, a one-time settlement allowance upon arrival in Korea, as well as air tickets. come to Korea and return to their home country after graduation.

For the next academic year, the school will accept online applications from May 30 to June 10. The school usually awards the scholarships to 20 students.

“University gave me financial comfort so that I could fulfill my desire to live and study abroad, while learning acting,” said Gansukh from Mongolia, who arrived in Korea in 2017 and started his university studies in 2019.

“The school focuses a lot on learning how to express emotions and build a human connection with others. I find myself growing and understanding more about who I am to learn how to direct my desire.

Actor Han Ye-ri, front, of the 2021 film "minari" studied at the Korea National University of the Arts. [PAN CINEMA]

Actor Han Ye-ri, front, of the 2021 film “Minari” studied at the Korea National University of the Arts. [PAN CINEMA]

Jin Honglin, a Korean-Chinese economics graduate from Tsinghua University, decided to enroll at Korea National University of the Arts as a freshman to prepare for her equivalent master’s degree in arts management.

She thought it made more sense for her to study in Korea than in other foreign countries she had originally considered for her master’s degree, so that she could become an expert in cultural exchange in Asia.

A performance scene from "The first crisis" by Um Daeyong, alumnus of Korea National University of the Arts [KOREA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARTS]

A performance scene from “The First Crisis” by Um Daeyong, an alumnus of Korea National University of the Arts [KOREA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARTS]

“I have seen the power of Korean content, which mixes something uniquely Korean very well to spark the interest of the global community with a format that is already familiar to the eyes of the global population, especially during the pandemic, so that foreigners can find Korean. very cool but comfortable content,” Jin said.

“After all, the scene is about exchanging different cultures and discovering the common ideas that everyone can appreciate. So, studying in Korea could help me develop eyes for such exchanges to go smoothly.

BY LEE SUN-MIN [lee.sunmin@joongang.co.kr]

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