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BFA Major in Creative Writing


The Bachelors of Fine Arts Programs embody and continue the University's distinguished tradition in creative writing, theater arts, and the visual arts. It upholds artistic excellence, shaped by a rigorous practice of the artist’s craft, a critical appreciation of theory and history, and a heightened sense of imagination and expression. The Fine Arts Program is an integrated undergraduate arts program offering four tracks or areas of specialization. All BFA majors pass through similar core courses in art theory and history where the humanistic dimension of art is emphasized, the creative and imaginative capabilities of the young artist are challenged, and the experience of art is enriched. In keeping with the Ateneo’s long standing tradition in the arts, the arts is seen as a responsibility, hence, artists work not for themselves but for others. Thus, the arts program is deeply committed to a contextualized syllabus, which emphasizes the Filipino and Asian rootedness of the arts and which confronts the reality of a globalizing world as the matrix for the creation of art.


The Fine Arts Program offers a set of curricular programs and projects that trains students for leadership in the areas of art management, creative writing, information design and theater arts. It also provides opportunities for faculty members to engage in professional artistic production, and exercise influence both within and outside the campus. Its aesthetic style seeks to fuse global and local traditions, and its link with professional art or art-related worlds offers paths for future employment.




Creative Writing institutionalizes apprenticeship, the manner by which young writers learn their craft from older, more experienced writers; and the workshop, by which they learn from their peers. By putting these methods alongside the academic study of literary texts and the creative process, as well as the pertinent contexts that influence their production, the program aims to produce writers who are competent in the craft of their chosen genre specialty (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama) while remaining aware of literature’s place and influence in one’s life and one’s society.


Aside from being practitioners of literature, the program’s graduates are qualified to work in publications as writers and editors of books and periodicals; in the creative industry as well as in advertising and public relations as copywriters and content developers; in media and entertainment as journalists, scriptwriters, and producers; as well as in the academe as teachers of language and literature.

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