College of Fine Arts and Design (2000)

Degree Programs and Departments

Advertising Arts

Department of Advertising Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising Arts program provides a foundation of the design and the marketing aspects of advertising. Students are introduced to the aesthetic, design, and marketing principles which are essential to the conceptualization of an effective ad campaign and all its graphic requirements.  Students learn, not only drawing and rendering skills, but also develop discipline for managing their tasks and an awareness of the values and ethics that should guide them in the workplace. The program includes elective courses that provide an overview of allied areas in design which anticipates specialization in illustration, fashion design, package design and photography. Design development projects are research-based; emphasis is placed on the communicative aspects of the discipline. Students are directed towards the creative utilization of the various media available in the pursuit of responsible advertising.

Industrial Design

Industrial Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Industrial Design program places emphasis on the fusion of art, design and technology. Students learn the skills and discipline necessary for the design development of functional objects that are geared for mass production. The students’ presentation skills are honed through courses such as Visual Communication and Photography to enable the effective presentation and communication of their ideas and design concepts. Projects are research-based. Students of Industrial Design are made aware of the guidelines of Intellectual Property Rights and the ethical requirements of professional practice.

Interior Design

Department of Interior Design

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program is aimed at developing the student’s skills for planning the design and the design requirements of a given space in relation to its function. The program purposely prepares the student for professional practice in providing effective, efficient and creative design solutions for homes, hotels and stores and other business spaces. Discipline and professional ethics are core values promoted by the program. Students are taught research and presentation skills for the effective communication of the purpose and advantages of the students’ design ideas. Major design courses are complemented by lessons in courses such as Decorative Arts and Philippine Art.


Department of Painting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Painting program is focused in the development of skills for the studio arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, as well as the exploration of other visual art forms and materials. Courses in Painting include Freehand Drawing, Anatomy, Life Sketching and Composition. These are complemented by technology-driven courses such as Computer Graphics and Photography. A course on Materials familiarizes students with the basic media for the visual arts.  Lecture courses enable students to develop a critical eye for aesthetic value. Skills for exhibition design and display are necessarily honed by the student through constant exposure to presentation-related activities.

Student Organizations

College of Fine Arts and Design Student Council

Polymath Art Society


Our Identity


The College of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Santo Tomas envisions itself as a premier visual arts and design institution in Asia, committed to the professional and moral formation of her stakeholders for social transformation.


The Mission of the College of Fine Arts and Design is aligned with UST’s mission to generate, advance, and transmit knowledge to form competent and compassionate visual arts and design professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.


The UST College of Fine Arts and Design commits itself to:

— produce world-class professionals in the field of visual arts and design

— promote and enhance awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines and the conservation of the environment

— provide continuous formation and development for the faculty, staff, and students through research, technology, linkages and grants; and

— develop the zeal for service to the community by opening wider avenues to promote social transformation and community development through relevant and effective extension services.

Core Values

C – Creativity as a God-given gift

F – Faithfulness to what is good, beautiful, and true

A – Ardent desire for excellence

D – Dedication to the development of art and design


“The gift you have received, give as a gift!” (Matthew 10:8)

Thomasian Graduate Attributes

Thomasian Graduate Attributes

The University of Santo Tomas, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.

I am a Thomasian. I carry the SEAL of Thomasian education. I am a Servant leader, an Effective communicator and collaborator, an Analytical and creative thinker, and a Lifelong learner. With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs):


— Show leadership abilities to promote advocacies for life, freedom, justice, and solidarity in the service of the family, the local and global communities, the Church and the environment.

— Implement relevant projects and activities that speak of Christian compassion to the poor and the marginalized in order to raise their quality of life

— Show respect for the human person, regardless of race, religion, age, and gender


— Express myself clearly, correctly, and confidently in various environments, contexts, and technologies of human interaction

— Work productively with individuals or groups from diverse cultures and demographics

— Show profound respect for individual differences and/or uniqueness as members of God’s creation


— Show judiciousness and resourcefulness in making personal and professional decisions

— Engage in research undertakings that respond to societal issues

— Express personal and professional insights through an ethical and evidence-based approach


— Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal relevance and professional development

— Exhibit preparedness and interest for continuous upgrading of competencies required by the profession or area of specialization

— Manifest fidelity to the teachings of Christ, mediated by the Catholic Church, in the continuous deepening of faith and spirituality in dealing with new life situations and challenges


Beato Angelico

Beato Angelico

Feast Day: February 18

At the corner of España Boulevard and Padre Noval Street is an eight-storey edifice emblazoned with the name “Beato Angelico Building.” It houses the University’s visual artists hailing from College of Architecture and the College of Fine Arts and Design.

But who is Beato Angelico?

Prior to his beatification in 1982, Beato Angelico was known widely as Fra Angelico, literally, the Angelic Friar. Born Guido di Pietry, he was an exceptional early Renaissance painter whose works exuded calmness and profound religiosity.

The would-be Blessed Angelico entered a Dominican convent in Fiesole in 1418 and became a friar about seven years later. Apart from ministering to the faithful, he used his God-given talent for the visual arts by first serving as an illuminator of missals and other religious books. He later on advanced to painting altarpieces and other panels.

Angelico brought his art wherever he went: from Fiesole to Florence, and finally, to the Vatican.

Fra Angelico died on March 18, 1455, in a Dominican convent in Rome. His remains were buried in the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Five centuries later, now-Saint John Paul II beatified him on October 3, 1982, and declared him Patron of Catholic artists in 1984.

Source: (n.d.). Fra Angelico. (accessed on July 6, 2015)

Administration, Officials, and Staff

Asst. Prof. Mary Christie D. Que, MS, Dean

Rev. fr. Edgardo D. Alaurin, O.P., SThD, Regent

Ms. Jennifer S. Aguilar, DBA, Assistant Dean

Ms. Adrienne A. Zacarias, MA, College Secretary


Asst. Prof. Gigi B. Ocampo, MS, Chair


Mr. Romano S. Macaisa, MFA, Chair


Ms. Ma. Concordia Lucila S. Abella, MCHS, Chair


Mr. Pedro Felix G. Garcia, MFA, Chair

College Council

Asst. Prof. Mary Christie D. Que, MS, Chair

Rev. fr. Edgardo D. Alaurin, O.P., SThD, Regent

Ms. Jennifer S. Aguilar, DBA, Member (Ex-Officio)


Assoc. Prof. Anna Marie H. Bautista, MCHS, Member

Mr. Romano S. Macaisa, MFA, Member

Ms. Adrienne A. Zacarias, MS, Ex-Officio Secretary



Asst. Prof. Noli M. Vicedo

UST F CFAD Adver - ADONIS Anna Rhea (2017, MFA - 2x2 Gray)


Ms. Anna Rhea C. Adonis, MFA

e-LEARNING SPECIALIST (Educational Technology)

Mr. Roberto M. Ferrera



Assoc. Prof. Anna Marie H. Bautista, MCHS


Mr. Raphael Emmanuelle V. Kalaw


Asst. Prof. Santiago T. Caaway, PhD

Support Staff

Office Clerks

UST STAFF CFAD Clerk - TUNGUL Catherine (2012, BSC - 2x2 Gray)


UST STAFF CFAD Clerk - TOLENTINO Gaspar (2017, Studio - 2x2 Gray)


UST STAFF CFAD Clerk - PADA Michael (2017, Studio - 2x2 Gray)


Laboratory Technicians

UST STAFF CFAD Lab - LLAMAS Kristian John P (2014, BS - 2x2 Gray)


Computer Laboratory

UST STAFF CFAD Lab - MORA Edgar T (2017, Studio - 2x2 Gray)


Computer Laboratory

UST STAFF CFAD Lab - PINGOL Kipp Florence (2017, Studio - 2x2 Gray)


Workshop Laboratory

Contact Information

Office Address

Administration Office
2/F Beato Angelico Building,
University of Santo Tomas
España Boulevard, Sampaloc,
Manila 1008, Philippines

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: +63-2-8740-9703 | +63-2-3406-1600 | +63-2-3406-1611 loc. 8390 / 8800


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The UST College of Fine Arts and Design traces its beginnings as a department of the Faculty of Engineering in 1935, although based on the accounts of Bazaco (1953:148), the University of  Santo Tomas School of Drawing and Painting was established much earlier in 1785.

In 1946, the College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) was established, separating the disciplines under this College from the Faculty of Engineering.  The programs of study classified under Fine Arts consisted of Painting and Sculpture.  In 1952, courses in Advertising Arts and Interior Design were opened.  In 1974, a two-year certificate course in Commercial Arts and in Furniture Design and Construction Supervision were also offered.  In 1978, Industrial Design was added to these programs.

In the year 2000, the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) was established as a separate academic unit.  In the same year, CFAD transferred from the Roque Ruaño building to the Beato Angelico building, which it shares with the College of Architecture up to the present.