For centuries, art always had an essential role to fulfill – that of providing comfort, reason, representation and a platform for expression. Art, in its many forms, add meaning to the mundane and encourages an appreciation for the beauty of life. These are just some of the reasons people become passionate about art and pursue careers related to it.
If you find yourself at a crossroads thinking about which art program to attend and wondering if you actually have options to choose from in the Philippines, this list can help you out! There are a lot of Philippine colleges and universities that offer notable courses and programs in contemporary art. Below is a list of schools for traditional and contemporary forms of art that might just spark the Michelangelo in you.
1. University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts
Programs offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Sculpture, Visual Communication or Industrial Design
One of the most revered art colleges in the country, the UPCFA provides the opportunity to grow as an artist through traditional and modern means. You can even get the chance to showcase your artistic prowess at the annual UP Lantern Parade.
2. De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Design
Programs offered: Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Bachelor of Arts in Production Design
Equipped with state-of-the-art-equipment, Benilde offers a wide range of programs to focus on. If storytelling through art seems like the perfect fit for you, the college offers animation courses taught by some of the best in the country. The multimedia arts track is also a very popular choice, where students get to experiment with various techniques and medium be it through graphic design, photography, videography and even traditional art.
3. Mapua University
Programs offered: Bachelor of Multimedia Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film
Known for its engineering and architecture programs, this university also has a stellar arts program to match. Multimedia arts students are trained to not only sharpen their skills on graphic design but to hone their abilities in web design, desktop publication, computer games design and communication.
4. Cebu Institute of Technology
Programs offered: AB in Graphics and Media (Fine Arts), Certificate in Multimedia Basic, Certificate in Web Design Basics, Certificate in Photo-editing and Animation
Nestled in the heart of Cebu is the Cebu Institute of Technology which offers a degree in Graphics and Media, as well as short courses for those who want to learn more about digital arts.
5. Philippine Women’s College Davao
Programs offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Not to be mistaken as an all-girls school, PWU in Davao offers one of the best art programs in the region.
6. University of Mindanao
Programs offered: Bachelor of Arts major in Painting
Under the university’s College of Architecture and Fine Arts, the arts program trains you to master disciplines needed to nurture and motivate budding artists from conceptualization to practical application.
Pursuing a career in the arts requires both passion and skill, and these schools will definitely help you take the first step in growing as an artist. Should you decide to become an illustrator, creative director, visual merchandiser or graphics designer, remember that the world is your canvas!
For more information on these schools or other colleges and courses offered, visit Edukasyon.ph and apply directly to a school that interests you.