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Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Philippines

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Program Overview

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four-year degree program designed to help students develop their artistic skills in the key areas of fine arts, namely creative writing, theater arts, visual arts, electronic media, photography, studio arts, interior design, and painting. The program also equips students with conceptual tools and technical skills needed to perform different tasks in various fields of the arts. By integrating different activities into its curriculum, the program nurtures the creativity and imagination of students.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Fine Arts are encouraged to take the Arts and Design track. It provides students with the necessary skills needed in the performative and creative field. Skills in music, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and dance are taught in this track. This will help students prepare for their college journey.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Visual Perception
  • Visual Communication
  • Visual Techniques
  • Art History
  • Art Theory
  • Visual Studies
  • Production Method
  • Research Methods in Art

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Bachelor of Fine Arts are expected to be able to:

  • Generate concepts on history content and art and design theories with an emphasis on Philippine context
  • Utilize materials and processes 
  • Manipulate elements according to the principles of design
  • Transform ordinary concepts into artwork
  • Professionally and ethically practices art, design, and management
  • Responsible enough to use cultural and natural resources
  • Conduct in-depth research and scholarly studies related to arts and design

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in an  art agency or institution.  

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Fine Arts may pursue a career path in an art agency or institution. They may apply for roles such as a graphic artist, professional photographer, art educator, industrial designer, painter, animator, sculptor, museum curator, costume designer, fashion designer, visual merchandiser, illustrator, photojournalist, textile designer, or production designer.

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Reviews of Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates:

A. R.
◈ Studied bachelor of fine arts
◈ At University of the Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletAbout my college education: My university years were some of the best years of my life. I learned to interact with all sorts of people and while my ego got knocked down a few times, the experience made me a humbler person.
Studying Fine Arts requires not only talent but also perseverance, initiative and self-reliance. You will learn not just from your professors but also from your classmates because your teachers will not spoonfeed you.
Not a lot of math skills were required in my day. Except for some classes that will require using accurate drawing to scale.

list bulletMy current job: Graphic designer for a print publication

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, fundamental lessons about composition, balance, color combinations, sketching the human body and photography have proven invaluable in my line of work.
But some of what I learned have been made obsolete by technology, like processing film for photography and all my darkroom techniques are unused because of photoshop.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 6 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Fine Arts: Yes, I would recommend this course for employment here and abroad. Lots of companies have a high regard for graduates of my school. My former classmates are now some of the best in ad agencies, tv stations, print companies and animation studios.
Contrary to popular belief, there is money and fulfillment in a fine arts course.
I have an interesting job that also allows me to paint artworks when I'm free and I'm lucky enough that the pay is enough that I don't even have to leave my family and work abroad.
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