The UPCFA Graduate Studies Program offers a terminal degree course in Master of Fine Arts (MFA. It aims to promote scholarly and cultural and social significance in the field of art-practice as research. It strengthens individual expertise and competencies in research and education through creative art production entails a graduate course program that ensures adaptability and practical relevance of the courses to the various areas of specialization in arts and design.
The MFA is a creative art production and research oriented course program, requiring a thesis creative art production that culminates to a solo art exhibition and an accompanying ekphrasis and thesis paper. The MFA is formulated to establish higher standards and criteria of qualifications for art professionals and teachers of art at the tertiary level of education.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program is a terminal degree in the arts, recognized as the equivalent of a PhD. The MFA is a production and research oriented program, requiring both a thesis production (i.e., solo exhibition of artworks) and an accompanying thesis paper as culminating activities. The MFA is designed to enhance and promote individual professional competencies and for the intellectual advancement of artists. Likewise, the MFA is formulated to establish higher standards and criteria of qualifications for teachers of art at the tertiary level of education. (UPD General Catalogue, 2007)
The UPCFA Master of Fine Arts degree is a terminal graduate degree course instituted in 1970’s. It was approved and institutionalized by the UP Board of Regents in October 1978. Leading Filipino National Artists and Art Educators in the country crafted the Master of Fine Arts program for the College of Fine Arts, these are Dean Napoleon V. Abueva, BFA’ 53, MFA ’55 (Cranbrook University-Fulbright), Dean Jose T. Joya, BFA ’53, MFA ’56 (Cranbrook School of Arts in Michigan-Fulbright), Prof. Constancio A. Bernardo, BFA ’51, MFA ‘52 (Yale University-Fulbright), Dr. Rod Paras-Perez, BFA, MA Art Educ. (University of Minnesota) PhD (Harvard University) and Dr. Paulino Zafaralla, BFA ’63, M. Ed.’73 PhD ’90. (iAADS Report 2019-2020)
(source: UPD General Catalogue, 2007; UPCFA BOR Approved Curriculum Revision March 6, 2016; MFA iAADS Report 2019-2020)