Graphic Design Courses in the Philippines

Many Philippine schools offer graphic design courses in their extensive art programs.

Graphic design courses in Philippine schools are generally incorporated in extensive art programs that comprise degrees and certifications in digital arts and visual communication. As these viable courses answer the demand for more professionals in fast-growing creative industries both in and out of the country, there are more schools offering creative and technical training in the fields of graphic design, digital imaging and photography, web design, print advertising and animation.

1 De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in Manila offers a bachelor of arts degree in multimedia arts, the first program of its kind in the country. It focuses on the ever-changing aspects of digital media and the Internet. The students hone their skills in communications, programming and graphic design through faculty members who are renowned multimedia artists themselves. The school has one of the most high-tech facilities in the country. It boasts of extensive equipment at its School of Design and Arts (SDA) building, a prominent landmark in the Malate area.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus P. Ocampo St. Malate, Manila Philippines +63-2-536-6752

2 Philippine Center for Creative Imaging

The Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI) is a digital arts training center in Makati City, the commercial hub of the Philippines. Operated by industry professionals working in print, web and multimedia platforms, the center provides students with hands-on, industry-based programs using the latest facilities and equipment. Graphic arts courses in this learning institution are incorporated in the digital imaging and painting program. Students can choose to focus on: digital imaging and color management fundamentals; Adobe Photoshop CS4 basics; Advanced Photoshop CS4 for print production; Corel Painter X for photographers; and digital fine art.

Philippine Center for Creative Imaging 2247 Don Chino Roces Ave. Makati City, Metro Manila Philippines +63-2-759-3087

3 First Academy of Computer Arts

Best known for its certificate courses in digital arts, the First Academy of Computer Arts (FACA) equips students with theoretical, creative and technical skills in digital art productions through intensive lectures and hands-on workshops. Graphic design concept and application are implemented through the major courses which include: print media arts; multimedia arts; web design; and 3D arts. The school also offers short-term courses like digital painting and, for children, junior digital arts.

First Academy of Computer Arts 2/F Saville Bldg. 8728 Paseo de Roxas Ave. Makati City, Metro Manila Philippines +63-2-898-2724

Rianne Hill Soriano is a freelance artist/writer/educator. Her diverse work experiences include projects in the Philippines, Korea and United States. For more than six years she has written about films, travel, food, fashion, culture and other topics on websites including Yahoo!, Yehey! and Herword. She also co-wrote a book about Asian cinema.