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Department of Art Studies


The Department of Art Studies (DAS) of the University of the Philippines is the only department of its kind in the country and in Southeast Asia. The department has been a leading institution in the teaching and study of art in the Philippines from an inter-disciplinal perspective, drawing primarily from the fields of art history, art theory and aesthetics, art criticism, art management, and curatorial studies. Its current and former faculty boasts of distinguished art historians and art critics, as well as art practitioners in the various fields (theater, dance, music, visual arts, among others) and curators, reflecting the department’s strong interdisciplinal leaning and belief in research grounded in praxis and vice versa. Since its beginnings in 1959, the department has produced a substantial body of scholarly work that has expanded the domain of Philippine art scholarship beyond the confines of formalist and Euro-American-centric perspectives. It continues to shape new generations of critical art scholars, critics, curators, cultural workers, educators, and artists.



In 1959, when the Department of English split into three units, the Department of Humanities and Philippine Institutions was one of the new departments to emerge. This unit was tasked to teach art appreciation in the style of the University of Chicago. The pioneers of the program included Aurelio Estanislao, Eliseo Pajaro, Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Ricaredo Demetillo, and Virginia R. Moreno, all distinguished artists and men and women of letters.


In 1964, an A.B. Humanities Degree was instituted.


By 1989, most of the members of the department were at the forefront of research in Philippine Art. There was a dramatic shift in art writing that had been focused on the fine arts. The study of art now includes the creative endeavors of marginalized Philippine communities as well as popular art forms. The faculty changed its name to the Department of Art Studies to reflect the new approaches and paradigms required in these areas, sharpening the focus of the discipline. This shift also signified the movement away from the shadow of Enlightenment aesthetics and towards the more exigent goals of a ‘less Western’ liberal arts canon.


This shift towards a nationalist orientation will be sharply felt in the 1990s when more radical foundational and epistemic challenges took place in the Bachelor of Arts in Art Studies program. In 1993, the first-ever curricular workshop after the DAS renamed itself resulted, among others, in the overhaul of the core courses in art history and the institution of the “Arts of the World” series of courses to further check the dominance of Western art histories and in response to the changing borders and boundaries of a constantly shifting world.


Currently, the Department of Art Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Studies with the option to concentrate on Art History, Interdisciplinary, or Philippine Art; and three Master of Arts degrees (Art History, Art Theory and Criticism, and Curatorial Studies). It also offers three General Education courses: ARTS 1 (Critical Perspectives in the Arts), Art Studies 2 (Art Around Us: Exploring Art in the Everyday) and PHILARTS 1 (Philippine Arts and Culture).



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UPCAT Application


Graduates of accredited senior high schools may be admitted as freshmen into the BA Art Studies program based on the following:

  • Performance in the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT)

  • Weighted average of senior high school grades

  • The students choose the program while applying and decide on their area of concentration upon admission.

For more information, you may contact the UP Office of Admissions.


UP Office of Admissions

Kalaw cor. Quirino Avenue, UP Diliman

Quezon City 1101


Telefax: (632) 9274561

UP Trunkline: (632) 8981-8500 loc. 3827/3828/3830/3831


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Shiftees and Transferees


Students who wish to shift from other UP Diliman colleges and units must have a GWA of 2.25, and at least 30 units of credit.  The department also requires that the student pass a written examination.  This examination is evaluated by a member of the faculty.


Students who wish to transfer from other UP constituent units, or other universities or colleges must meet the requirements for admission set by the University: i.e., a total of at least 33 units of credit, with a GWA of 2.0 in all courses and a passing mark in a written examination.

For more information,  you may contact the Office of the College of Arts and Letters College Secretary through 8981-8500 local 2103. You may also email Mr. Gerald Perez at and check the UP College of Arts and Letters Facebook Page.


Department Executive and Administrative Staff

Asst. Prof. Sofia Guillermo
Department Chair

Cherryl T. Navida
Administrative Officer IV

Jerilyn R. Brosas
University Research Associate II

Napoleon B. Rivera, Jr.
Administrative Assistant IV

Johanson G. Tagaylo
Administrative Assistant II

Justin D. Vilches
Administrative Aide IV

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Contact Us


Room 1122, Pavilion 1, Palma Hall

Roxas Avenue corner Roces Street

University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City 1101, Philippines

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