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The second comprehensive government plan to promote education for the gifted ('08-'12, National Human Resource Committee) was confirmed in December 2007. It aims at providing more educational opportunities to the gifted and improving the quality of education. Since 1993, K-Arts has accumulated know-hows and experience in identifying and nurturing young talents in arts through Preparatory Training Program for Young Artists. Based on such human and logistical infrastructure, the institute opened on August 1st 2008. It is the first institute of its kind in Korea. The institute was supported by the government and established under the article 8 of Gifted/Talented Education Promotion Law.
Students (from elementary to high schools across the nation) are selected in the areas of fine arts, music, dance, and traditional arts by recommendations by school presidents, a basic test on artistic ability, a performance evaluation, and an interview. Students take 120 hours of classes (a year) after class or on weekends. Tuition fees are all covered by the government. As for fine arts, a total of 24 students were selected through three-step evaluation process in September 2008. They learned how to solve problems in a creative way and explore issues for themselves; made their own artworks; and reflected on the making-process and their outputs. Students of music, dance, and traditional arts were chosen in early 2009.
The institute, based on its experience and future vision, will take the lead in identifying and educating young talents with outstanding curriculum, thereby laying a solid foundation of talented education at government level. By doing so, the quality of the education will be further promoted. Moreover, the talented who have little access to quality education due to regional, economical, and cultural barriers will be offered broader opportunities.