The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program is a four-year degree program that can be taken by UPCA(T) passers, shiftees from other UP Units, and qualifying transferee students from outside the University.

The different BFA Program offerings are designed to hone the artistic and design skills specific to the fields of practice, culminating in the development of individual thesis outputs.

BFA in Visual Communication

BFA in Visual Communication is directed towards the development of various methods in art and design practice necessary in creating effective communication materials for a targeted audience or market. VisComm students are exposed to a wide array of Industry Standard media practices in illustration, graphic design, publication design, advertising campaign, photography, animation, digital media, and moving images. Students are trained to develop design solutions, visualize creative content and execute their ideas.

The Bachelor Fine Arts or BFA Visual Communication is a four-year program that requires the student to earn 147 units in order to graduate.  As problem-solvers, we encourage students to develop innovative and independent creative solutions to real-world problems. Visual communication majors must be able to communicate visually as well as verbally, by becoming fluent–not only in the language of visual design which consists of typography, illustration and layout–but also in utilizing the various visual design formats in effectively reaching a target audience.

The Department adopted the College’s constructivist approach in the Visual Communication programs. During the first year, all students of the department must take the core courses that cover the foundation and the fundamental ideas and concepts of the programs.

These courses are Visual Perception, Visual Communication, Techniques (I & II), Materials (I & II), Asian Art, Western Art, and Philippine Art.

In the second year of the BFA programs is where the technical courses are taught. These courses represent the broad practices within design and will serve as a way to train the students to navigate around the technical aspects of the design practice.

During the third year, the students are exposed to the real-world applications of design through real world problems. This year allows the students to identify his/her design practice trajectory which is capped at the mid year term of the academic year with the practicum program that formally introduces the student to the creative industry. The exposure plays a pivotal role in defining the theme of the terminal requirement of the student.

In the fourth year of the program, the students are expected to engage in design research in the search for a problem that can be solved by design, this is articulated in the form of a thesis proposal which is one of the exit requirements of the programs.

BFA in Industrial Design

BFA in Industrial Design explores the study of techniques, processes, theories and concepts needed in the design and development of products and systems.  As a discipline that takes into account aesthetics, functionality, manufacturability, and marketability, Industrial Design can be described as the intersection where art, science and technology, and marketing meet. ID students are innovators who work with limitations and challenges, mindful of the environment, and design’s role in society.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Industrial Design explores the study of techniques, processes, theories, and concepts needed in the design and development of products and systems. The program aims to produce Industrial Design professionals imbued with an abiding sense of responsibility to the nation, society, and humanity.  Specifically, the program seeks to cultivate industrial designers who are highly skilled in developing new designs, innovating existing products, and providing specifications for production while being mindful of the environment and integrating Philippine culture with current global trends and evolving market needs.

In the first year of the students’ academic life, students become adept in visual expression by learning about visual perception / visual communication, drawing techniques and materials. Through creative projects, students learn about theories that affect perception of form and communication of meaning, volume definition and rendering techniques, and the nature and structural possibilities of basic art materials.

In their second year, students develop their skills and acquire knowledge specific to Industrial Design. Through a variety of design exercises and projects, students hone their skills in design as they study principal design paradigms, computer-aided drawing techniques, various design methods and approaches, advanced materials and manufacturing processes.

In their third year, students expand their conceptual thinking proficiency as they delve into more complex design projects and learn about basic marketing concepts, design research methods, human factors in design, and contemporary issues affecting design. Using ‘real-world’ problems and situations as a springboard for design conceptualization and development, students learn and apply advanced concepts, methodologies and theories specific to various design specializations such as product, packaging and furniture design. To cap their junior level, students are provided the opportunity to experience working in a professional environment through the practicum program.

In their fourth and final year, students deepen their design proficiency as they embark on their Industrial Design thesis journey. Using a variety of design research methodologies, students conduct research on a topic of their choice and develop a design solution accordingly. As part of the exit program, students also learn about design management tools and methods to prepare them for professional practice.

BFA Painting

BFA Painting is a four-year baccalaureate program geared towards developing artists that possess high-level competencies in the practice of painting in the expanded field, reflective of a high level of formal excellence,  humanity, and social responsibility.


BFA Sculpture is a four-year baccalaureate program geared towards developing artists that possess high-level competencies in the practice of spatial arts and sculpture in the expanded field, reflective of a high level of formal excellence, humanity, and social responsibility.

BFA Art History

BFA Art History is focused on the study of the concepts and processes in the visual arts through the ages. The work of art is contextualized within its historical and aesthetic framework. Studio training provides the student technical knowledge of the artist’s tools and materials. Research documentation and critical analysis are the focus of the program.

BFA Art Education

BFA Art Education is directed towards the training of artist-teachers for the elementary and secondary levels. Studio work in the visual arts complemented by courses in education provide the student with a wide
understanding of the creative process. The context upon which the curriculum is structured is the relation of the arts to cognitive and technical interest in teaching position.