The academy set up friendly relationship with the art academies of the United States, the U.K., France, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Korea, Japan, Russia, Poland, Thailand, etc.. Many famous scholars are employed as visiting professor. The famous professors and experts are often invited to do workshop, give lecture or hold exhibition. The“3+1” and “2+1” model of international cooperation, (bilateral admission of credit project), founded between TAFA and some French fine art higher education institutions have been successfully operated for 10 years. Every year there are teachers and students from home universities to guest universities for short term study or continuing study. Every year there are around 20 students going to France for exchange studies. A “3+1” and “2+2” cooperation program between Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and Kaywon School of Art and Design was founded in 2004. Every year many Korean students come to TAFA for further studies. In 2004，the academy participated in "China-CEECS Higher Education Insititutions Consortium."
International Friendship Universities: Ecole Superieure d' Art du Nord-Pas de Calais Dunkerque-Tourcoing (France), Ecole Superieure d'Art de Toulon Provence Mediterranée (France), Aix Marseille Université (France), Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule für Kunst und Design Halle (Germany), University of Hertfordshire (Germany), The School of Art, Victory College of Arts (VCA)/University of Melbouren (Australia), Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Keimyung University (Korea), Kaywon School of Art & Design (Korea), Russia Liebin Art Academy (Russia), The University of the Arts, Feladafia (U.S.A.), California Sate University, Long Beach (U.S.A.), Emily Carr University of Art & Design (Canada), Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts (Viet Nam ), Daito Bunka University(Japan), Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (Netherlands), The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (Poland), Eastern Aisa University (Thailand), Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep (Thailand), Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (Thailand), etc..