The Institute of Fine Arts and Architecture was established on June 25, 1971 by virtue of Resolution No. 451, s. 1971 of the UNP Board of Regents.

The institute was a part of the Institute of Fine Arts and Architecture and because of its enrolment was housed together with the secondary department in the Antonio Luna Hall.

Targeting at the promotion of trade and industry, the college tried to develop manpower with technical skills that would work towards the Ilocano Artistic heritage that is culturally and basically our own.

In 1981, the Institute of Fine Arts became a distinct unit which offers a four-year course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Advertising Arts. It also offers a two-year course in Associate in Commercial Arts.

The Institute of Fine Arts intends to effect the training of students on Design Education, Design Utilization, and Design Marketing.

1. For the Design Education, the institute has embarked on rigid training of the students on “Buy Filipino” program which is a thrust of the government.
2. For the Design Utilization, the institute has a program of assisting small cottage industries though the improvement of the methods of production designs and quality control. We are determined to go out and exert all effort to relate our ideas about reflective of our Ilocano character and culture, and above all to task the folks to create new product out of the indigenous materials existing in our community. To encourage the use of tools to supplement modern technology of motorized or electrically operated tools. This is in line with energy conservation.
3. Along Design Marketing, design creation shall be adopted to use in our crafts in order to meet the needs of local export market.

Mission of the College

The Institute of Fine Arts, University of Northern Philippines develops Competitive artist and designers for industry and related sectors towards an improved quality of life.
To achieve this goal, the following objectives have been set:

Develop, upgrade and implement various programs responsive to the changing times and circumstances.
Upgrade faculty teaching competencies and values in line with instruction, research, extension and production and strengthen their professional and public commitment.
Promote self-employment through technical know-how in the field of arts.
Enhance and increase the creative and technical knowledgeability of the Filipinos to cope up with the world’s fast industrialization.


To produce globally competitive artists and designers.


a) Equip students with comprehensive knowledge, skill, and competence in fine arts;
b) Provide students with a learning environment that can develop their creativity, critical awareness, and ethical values;
c) Instill among students the need to preserve, conserve, and promote Filipino visual arts and designs; and
d) Be self-reliant.


The following student organizations are maintained in the college:

Atelier Original

Course Offerings

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fields of Specialization:
Visual Communication
Associate in Commercial Arts