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UP Certificate in Fine Arts Program Admission Basics

Not all students are meant for more “academic” courses.  Others have a penchant for painting, sculpting, industrial design and what not, and that’s perfectly all right.  The good news is that UP Diliman and UP Cebu have a course for more artistic individuals:  the aptly named Certificate in Fine Arts Program (CFA).


Just like any certificate course, high school graduates may apply for the CFA even if they haven’t taken (or passed) the UPCAT.  Test passers, however, are eligible for a bachelor’s course in Fine Arts instead.


The requirements are as follows:

  • a completed application form (with the essay at the back)
  • a report card with assessments up to the third grading period
  • an NSO birth certificate
  • certification of good moral character (written by high school principal)


Note that the College of Fine Arts will accept photocopies of these documents initially.


Speaking of the screening processes, the CFA has things in reverse.  The interview that usually comes after the written exam comes before everything else this time.  After that, the guidance office will then take applicants through a mental ability test to gauge their study habits.


The third step is the talent determination test, where school staff members will ask the applicants to showcase their artistic skills.  Assuming the applicants pass the entire screening process, the University will then ask them for the original versions of the documents mentioned above.


The College of Fine Arts also offers extra goodies for applicants who seek additional learning.  Students may also attend workshops for enrichment purposes, though these are not required to access the program.


For additional information on the CFA program, kindly visit this website or call (632) 981-8500 local 3977 or (632) 981-8732 or e-mail for more details.  Feel free to check out UP Cebu’s website, too.  The contact person for the Fine Arts program over there is Professor Dennis Montera.  He may be reached at (6332) 233-8202.



Ms. Marisse of the UP Diliman College of Fine Arts Department


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9 thoughts on “UP Certificate in Fine Arts Program Admission Basics

  1. If ever I would be able to pass the TDT and get the certificate course, would I be able to shift to the bachelor’s course in Fine Arts? (Like continue to the fourth year instead of ending at the third year of the certificate program.)

  2. If ever I passed the TDT this year and only got a certificate, for I am not an UPCAT passer, am I able to shift to a bachelor degree from another college in UP like College of Architecture, given that I am qualified to shift?

    Please, Admin, reply to my query. 🙂

    • Hi! I really can’t give you an answer. Your question makes me ask – will UP allow transfer from a certificate program to a bachelor’s degree program (like architecture)?

      I could speculate, but that would not help you. So instead, I suggest you call the UP college of Architecture to ask them if they allow shifting from a certificate course (say, Certificate of Fine Arts in Industrial Design) to bachelor’s degree (say, BS Architecture) and if yes, how many units would it take and what the grade requirements would be.

      UP College of Architecture’s contact info:
      (02)433-2280; (02)981-8500 local 3134 to 3136

  3. Hi! I’d like to ask, I completed high school back in 2006 and I also went to college but i wasn’t able to finish it, could I still apply? Thanks.

  4. My grades are quite bad, i don’t have any failed subjects but I don’t think i’ll meet the grade requirement, do you think I could still try to apply for CFA? I really want to study in UP. 😀

  5. Does UP accept people who completed high school via Deped’s Alternative Learning System into this program? I regret not taking the PEPT which is more legit

    • Hi Karla,

      I’m not sure. I haven’t heard about this type of situation yet. You should ask UP directly so you’ll get the official answer. Good luck!

      • Hi! I’d like to ask, I completed high school back in 2006 and also went to college but i wasn’t able to finish it, could i still apply? Thanks.

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