The University of Santo Tomas, the Pontifical, Royal, and Catholic University of the Philippines, is a Dominican institution of learning founded in 1611, under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The College of Architecture and the College of Fine Arts and Design sends students and/or faculty members abroad for co-curricular and research activities, paper/poster presentations in conferences, and linkages and networking.
The College of Architecture and the College of Fine Arts and Design graduates have a high percentage of employability, high percentage of passers (higher than the national passing rate) in the government required professional licensure examinations. Its students consistently bag the top prizes in major national art and design competitions, which makes both Colleges a program of choice for incoming tertiary students. Its collaboration with industry partners is formalized through the Practicum/On-the-Job Training and Internship Programs. There is a regular representation of faculty members in government-managed educational and technical panels and working groups, officerships and memberships in recognized national and international professional, academic and social organizations. Students actively participate in Career Seminars and Job Fairs organized by the University’s Guidance and Career Center and Office for Student Affairs.
Research is a key area in the triumvirate functions that the University has, the two others being instruction and community development.
The University has articulated its commitment to research which is “the pursuit of truth and the generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge in the arts and the sciences, both sacred and civil”.
The University was designated by the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines to host a Zonal Research Center for the National Capital Region in April 2010 for a period of one year. In December 2011, the University was named as one of the member institutions of the Philippine Higher Education Research Network.
faculties and departments
College of Architecture
College of Fine Arts and Design
Department of Interior Design
Department of Painting
Department of Advertising Arts
Department of Industrial Design
bachelor level programs
BS Architecture - 5 years
BS Interior Design - 4 years
BFA Major in Painting - 4 years
BFA Major in Advertising Arts - 4 years
BFA Major in Industrial Design - 4 years
master level programs
MS Architecture - 2 years
MA Fine Arts - 2 years
MA Cultural Heritage Studies - 2 years
research activity and main areas
There are five research flagships, namely: Science and Technology; Health & Allied Sciences; Social Sciences and Education; Arts and Humanities; and Sacred Sciences. Among the areas of research in the university are Natural Products research, Chemical Sensors and Biosensors, Materials Science, Energy research, Pure and Applied Microbiology, Biodiversity, Environmental Science, Food Science and Engineering, Urban environment and Climate Change Preparedness, Education, Arts, Culture, and Humanities, Gerontology, Migration Studies, Youth Studies, and Corporate Social Responsibility.
subject areas for exchange students
The University offers comprehensive subject areas under several programs that can be viewed through the University website. (www.ust.edu.ph)
1st Term - 3rd week of May
2nd Term - 3rd week of October
1st Term - August to December
2nd Term - January to May
Special Term - June to July
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Philippine Peso - 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 (Cost of Living)