The Fine Arts Program of the University of the Philippines Cebu was founded in 1975 as the first leading academic institution of the fine arts outside the National Capital.
Its graduates animate the continuing development of culture and the arts as professional studio artists, designers, teachers, and other art professionals, furthering proficiencies, competencies, and skills as well as increasing research and creative work inside the art, design, and culture disciplines.
The program develops in their students the fundamental artistic skills of drawing, technical rendering and painting using research-based training modules developed from its 45 years of experience in art teaching.
These skills are balanced by cognitive knowledge of art history, theory and aesthetic philosophy through direct mentoring by respected and accomplished artists inside an environment of free creative discussion of fundamental issues of art and design. Students are given ample opportunities to express skills, knowledge and creativity through the use of the computer as a tool for research and creative production.
The Fine Arts Program maintains excellent academic standards by keeping for its students and faculty a viable personalized classroom environment which recognizes the inherent individuality of every creative person. The fine arts program recognizes that even as students learn through study and practice they are also growing into their professional lives as citizens and active stakeholders of the larger cultural and economic community. The University of the Philippines offers an excellent mix of multi-disciplinal learning through its General Education program.
The Fine Arts program has degree offerings in the Studio Arts and Product Design and envisions itself to be the leading Art and Design Institution in Central Philippines at the forefront of academic development of higher learning, providing contributions to the creative industries and culture.
The Fine Arts Program believes in the integral role of the visual arts, design practice and artistic scholarship to the cultural and economic advancement of local communities and the nation.
In doing so, it commits to produce a new generation of art and design practitioners, scholars and cultural workers through an environment of learning and research that enhances visual literacy and fluency, advances technical skills and technological competence, supports experimental production and innovation through design and critical thinking.
Furthermore, the Fine Arts Program ensures that graduates are well prepared and better equipped with necessary skills, knowledge and attitude that guides the ethical conduct of their creative practices, increase interdisciplinary collaborations, enhance community engagement and social enterprise and promote cultural diversity and social responsibility.
The Fine Arts Program of the University of the Philippines Cebu envisions to become the leading center for the education and training of visual artists, designers and art scholars in the Visayas and Mindanao regions offering comprehensive and high-quality training, pioneering in art and design research, technological innovations, and cultural management imbued with an abiding nationalist and ethical commitment to public service.
The Studio Arts degree offers training and mentoring inside 4 streams of learning namely, Drawing and Painting, Materials and Sculpture, History and Theory, and Digital Arts. These trainings cover the expanse of classical formalism, modernism and contemporary art.
Students start with studio experiences in drawing and painting. This is balanced by exposures to the theoretical and practical discourses of form, the elements of design, inside the format of realistic and abstract art. Issues of color, balance and composition are given sufficient stress. Computer trainings are offered with the view of using the computer as a creative tool for research and art production.
Through the 3-year Certificate and 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offerings, students develop a body of works backed up by sufficient theory representing the beginnings of their portfolio of academic and professional works. Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Arts, are required an actual exhibit of works justified by a written thesis
The Product Design degree offers training and mentoring to students seeking to be designer of manufactured products or professionals working in design-related fields of the creative industries.
Excellent training is provided inside 4 streams of learning namely, Drawing and Rendering, Materials and Model-Making, Design History and Theory, and Digital Technology. These trainings cover the expanse of classical formalism, modernism and contemporary design.
Training and mentoring starts with studio classes to develop drawing and rendering skills using free-hand and computer aided techniques. This is balanced by exposures to the theoretical and practical discourses of form, the elements of design, inside the format of creative designing of products for local and global markets. Issues of color, balance and composition, and marketing are given stress. Computer trainings are offered with the view of using the computer as a creative tool for research and design production.
FABLAB UP CEBU
Established as a partnership of the university and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it provides services to target beneficiaries especially Micro, Small, & Medium Enterprises (MSME), start-ups, makers, students and creative individuals’ access to computer–based and digital methods of design and manufacturing through advance technologies and trainings on possible uses of various digital machinery.
JOSE T. JOYA GALLERY
The Joya Gallery is a student-run gallery that provides a platform for collaboration between the community of artists and the general public. It caters, most especially, to young emerging artists who want to start their career in art-making. It aims to create a space of knowledge production through organized talks and workshops for students and the public alike to increase appreciation and valuation for art.