The China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing is considered the number one art school in the country. Last April, I had a chance to see an experimental art exhibition at its museum.
I learned some of the students now use micro controllers like the Ardunio with their projects now. For example, using sensors to make something interactive. Also they are using programming languages like Processing or visual programming languages like Max/MSP/Jitter.
I also had an opportunity to see a real dormitory. The room is roughly 10 feet by 20 feet. Six students live in this space with a bed on top, desk on the bottom filled with books, peanut shells, and empty cans. I noticed a few buckets on the floor where clothes are washed and socks hung on the radiator. Maybe not the most comfortable space, but I learned it is dirt cheap.