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The Department of Theater was founded in 1982. It is one of the three oldest departments in Taipei National University of the Arts (originally named National Institute of the Arts). The academic focuses of the Theater Department are on the fields of Directing, Acting, Playwriting, Dramatic Theory, Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage and Theater Management. In 1995, to follow the University』s projects and developments, the Theater Department was divided into two: Department of Theatrical Design&Technology and Department of Theater. And in order to train professionals as well as researchers, the graduate program was set up in 2003.