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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