中央美术学院是中华人民共和国教育部直属的唯一一所高等美术学校。现设有中国画-学院、造型学院、 设计学院、建筑学院、人文学院、城市设计学院、实验艺术学院、艺术管理与教育学院八个专业分院， 并设有造型艺术研究所、继续教育学院和附属中等美术学校。
学院致力于建设造型、设计、建筑、人文等学科群相互支撑、相互影响的现代形态美术教育学科结构， 在构建新世纪中国特色的美术教育体系中发挥引领作用，以鲜明的中国特色、高水平的教学质量和研究成果， 赢得国际美术教育界的高度赞誉，成为中国高等美术教育领域具有代表性、引领性和示范性的美术院校， 并在国际一流的美术院校中享有重要地位。
The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) is the only institution of higher education for fine arts under the administration of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The academy has eight specialty schools: School of Chinese Painting, School of Plastic Arts, School of Design, School of Architecture, School of Humanities, School of Urban Design, School of Experimental Art, and Institute of Arts Administration and Education. Besides, the Fine Arts Research Institute, the School of Continuing Education, and the Fine Arts School Affiliated with the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, also come under the umbrella of CAFA.
The academy is committed to building a discipline structure of modern education for fine arts where disciplines such as plastic arts, design, architecture, and humanities support and influence each other. It strives to take lead in building art education system with Chinese characteristics in the new century so as to be highly praised by the international art education community for its high teaching quality and excellent research results with distinctive Chinese characteristics. CAFA has become a leading academy in the field of high education for fine arts in China as well as plays an important role in the world-class fine arts schools.