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As a BFA major you have the opportunity to be an active participant in learning situations outside the classroom.

Art Management and Information Design majors have access to the painting and sculpture collection of the Ateneo Art Gallery.  The gallery is the first art space in the Philippines dedicated to modern Philippine Art. Its collection began as a bequest in the 1960s from artist-philanthropist, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, augmented by donations from alumni, benefactors and from artists themselves. The gallery offers the opportunity for Art Management majors to curate a show or assist in one. Information Design students contribute their visual skills in promoting the art gallery's yearlong series of exhibitions.

The Ayala Museum, located at the Central Business District of Makati City, is the leading private museum in this busy area. The Ateneo Art Gallery has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the museum so that student interns in Art Management can work in the museum to gain the necessary experience and skills in their field of expertise. The Ayala Museum is scheduled to move to a new and bigger location in 2005.

Theater Arts majors have the choice of being active in one of four performing groups in the Ateneo. Tanghalang Ateneo, founded by Batch Saludo and under the artistic direction of Dr. Ricardo Abad is the oldest of the theater groups. It mounts productions of Filipino and Western classics but with an unexpected twist. Entablado was born during the 80s, when Filipinos were clamoring for an end to the Marcos dictatorship. It emphasizes the social engagement of theater and mounts experimental production in venues other than a theater space. Blue Rep founded by students in the 90s specializes in the musical theater and Company of Ateneo Dancers (CADS) is a dance group with a wide repertoire of styles from classical ballet to jazz and improvisational dancing. Information Design students have assisted the theater groups in designing posters and other promotional material.

Creative writing majors, aside from being encouraged to submit their works to national competitions, find an outlet in the Ateneo's literary magazine, Heights. Since 1952, Heights has firmly established itself as an Ateneo and Filipino literary institution, garnering both national and international recognition as a literary folio. Throughout the years, highly-esteemed writers and artists such as Gregorio Brilliantes, Emmanuel Torres, Salvador Bernal and Benilda Santos have found a home in Heights on their way to literary and artistic acclaim.

Creative writing majors also publish an annual folio of their best works as part of the Fine Arts Festival.

The Fine Arts Festival is an annual event conceptualized, organized and executed by all the Fine Arts majors under the leadership of the graduating seniors. Majors handle activities relevant to their track; for instance the design majors take charge of the over-all visual look of the festival, Art Management majors its promotion and management, and the Theater and Creative Writing majors run the events that make up the festival. Usually held during the first week of February, when the weather is cool and chance of rain slight, the festival last a whole week and highlights the achievement of majors through art exhibits, film showing, launching of a literary folio, poetry readings, song and drama.

Fine Arts faculty have professional contacts and networks in the field and can assist students to establish links with cultural institutions like the National Museum of the Philippines, the Heritage Conservation Society, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cebu Heritage Council and regional institutions like The Negros Museum.


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