Faculty of Information & Communication Studies

Faculty of Information & Communication Studies

About Us

Welcome to the Faculty of Information & Communication Studies (FICS), a leading institution dedicated to advancing the field of information and communication studies in Southeast Asia. Since its inception in 2004, FICS has been committed to pioneering innovative programs, conducting impactful research, and providing essential community services.

As a degree-granting unit of the UP Open University, FICS offers a range of associate, undergraduate, and graduate programs designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in today’s fast-paced digital landscape. FICS programs are delivered entirely online, ensuring that students can access high-quality education regardless of their location or schedule.

At FICS, we believe that technology and communication play an integral role in shaping the social and economic development of our region. As such, we are dedicated to exploring the social impact of information and communication technology and piloting innovative applications of these technologies to meet the needs of the development assistance sector.

Our faculty members are comprised of 19 full-time and 31 affiliate and adjunct faculty members, all of whom are committed to fostering a culture of academic excellence, research, and community engagement. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, creating a vibrant and dynamic learning environment that promotes collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

Thank you for considering FICS as your academic home. We are excited to welcome you to our community of learners, researchers, and innovators.


The Faculty of Information and Communication Studies typically offers a range of programs designed to prepare students for careers in various fields related to information and communication. While the specific programs vary depending on the field, here is an introduction to seven programs you might find under this faculty:


This program focuses on developing foundational skills in digital design and arts. Students learn about graphic design principles, digital imaging, web design, animation, and multimedia production. The curriculum combines technical skills with artistic creativity to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field of digital design.

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This program provides students with a strong technical foundation in information technology. It covers subjects such as programming, database management, networking, cybersecurity, and software development. Graduates of this program are equipped with the skills needed for roles such as IT support specialist, network administrator, or software developer.

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This program explores the integration of various forms of media, including text, graphics, audio, and video, to create interactive and engaging content. Students learn about multimedia production, web design, digital storytelling, user experience design, and multimedia programming. Graduates can pursue careers in multimedia production, digital marketing, web development, or multimedia journalism.

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This program provides a comprehensive understanding of computer science principles and practices. It covers topics such as programming languages, algorithms, data structures, software engineering, and computer architecture. The diploma program equips students with the necessary skills to work as software developers, systems analysts, or database administrators.

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Masters Program

This program focuses on the strategic and managerial aspects of information systems. It covers subjects such as information systems management, database management, business intelligence, and IT project management. Students gain advanced knowledge and skills to analyze and design information systems that support organizational goals.

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This program explores the role of communication in promoting social and economic development. It covers topics such as communication theories, development theories, advocacy, and social marketing. Graduates can pursue careers in international development organizations, non-profit sectors, or government agencies, working on projects related to community development, health promotion, or environmental sustainability.

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Doctorate Program

This program is a research-oriented degree that focuses on advanced study and specialization in communication. Doctoral students delve into topics such as communication theory, research methodologies, media studies, organizational communication, and intercultural communication. The program culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation, which contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of communication.

These programs offer students a range of opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in various aspects of information and communication studies, preparing them for diverse careers in fields such as design, technology, multimedia, research, and strategic communication.

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