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.
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS,
MAJOR IN THEATER ARTS
Theater Arts exposes students to the range of theater activities, onstage and offstage, all of which require an individual and collaborative intelligence and passionate interest in theater. The program is seen as a way to increase the number of trained men and women in theater practices, and to provide a venue for the development of theater artists who intend to apply their knowledge of the theater craft for work in professional theater or in film, radio, or television.
Aside from the obvious involvement in theater and media, the program’s graduates do well in fields and in careers that place heavy demands on meeting the public. The program is a sound undergraduate preparation for public service or law, for teaching, for careers in sales and business, and for fields involving human relations.