College of Fine Arts and Design

College of Fine Arts and Design

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College of Fine Arts and Design (2000)

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Vision, Mission & Core Values


Vision, Mission & Core Values

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.

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


Student Organizations



Student Organizations

  • College of Fine Arts and Design Student Council
  • Polymath Art Society
  • Touchpoint


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. Catholic.org (accessed on July 6, 2015)


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


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


Asst. Prof. Jennifer S. Aguilar, DBA,

Assistant Dean

Ms. Adrienne A. Zacarias, MS,

College Secretary

Department Chairs

Asst. Prof. Gigi B. Ocampo, MS

Advertising Arts

Mr. Romano S. Macaisa, MFA

Industrial Design

Ms. Ma. Concordia Lucila S. Abella, MCHS

Interior Design

Mr. Pedro Felix G. Garcia, MFA


College Council

Department Chairs

Asst. Prof. Mary Christie D. Que, MS, Chair (Ex-Officio)

Rev. fr. Edgardo D. Alaurin, O.P., SThD, Member (Ex-Officio)

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

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

Mr. Romano S. Macaisa, MFAMember

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

Coordinators and Supervisors

Asst. Prof. Anna Rhea C. Adonis, MFA

Community Service and Extension

Mr. Roberto M. Ferrera, BFA

Asst. Prof. Carolina V. Torres, MS

Assoc. Prof. Anna Marie H. Bautista, MCHS

International Relations

Mr. Raphael Emmanuelle V. Kalaw, MCHS


Asst. Prof. Jennifer S. Aguilar, DBA

Pedagogical Lead

Asst. Prof. Santiago T. Caaway, PhD

Student Welfare and Development

Support Staff

Ms. Catherine C. Tungul

Office Clerk

Mr. Gaspar A. Tolentino

Office Clerk

Ms. Ma. Michelle S. Adalid

General Clerk

Mr. Michael F. Pada

Computer Laboratory Technician

Mr. Edgar T. Mora

Computer Laboratory Technician

Mr. Allen Klyde S. Iradiel

Laboratory Assistant


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.



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