The Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies program was the first of its kind in the University of the Philippines. It was instituted as a fully online undergraduate degree program with the intention to address the need for professionals with multimedia skills and competencies, given the global trend of the increase in value of information as a resource and of its handling and managing as a skill. The program has the goal of producing graduates who are:
  • knowledgeable about the range and use of multimedia information and communication technologies;
  • articulate in the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of developments in the field and their social implications in multimedia;
  • knowledgeable about hardware operation and software development;
  • able to produce multimedia knowledge products;
  • able to contribute to the body of research and development in multimedia; and
  • capable of keeping abreast with emerging trends, protocols, procedures, and their implications on practice.

If you are interested in the program, browse through the admission requirements at the registrar’s website.

Enrollment Procedures

Online Registration is done through the Student Portal. Follow these instructions on how to register online. If you have further questions, take a look at the Enrollment FAQs.

Transfer of Credits

Students under the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies may apply for transfer of credits online at least two weeks before the scheduled validation exam.


For students who wish to cross register from UPOU to another UP Unit or other higher education institutions and and vice versa, follow the Cross-Enrollment Procedures


Students may check the procedures for re-admission.

Academic Calendar

The trimester and semester schedules can be found here.

In order to graduate from the BAMS program, students must take a total of 142 academic units consisting the following:

  • 10 GE Courses (30 units);
    • 7 GE Core Courses
    • 3 GE Elective Courses
  • 4 Common Courses (12 units);
  • Mandated Courses
    • PI 100  (3 units);
    • Physical Education (8 units equivalent);
    • National Service Training Program (6 units equivalent);
  • 18 Major Core Courses (54 units);
  • 5 Major Elective Courses (15 units);
  • 6 Multimedia Production Courses (18 units);
  • 1 Special Topics Course (3 units);
  • 1 Undergraduate Seminar Course (1 unit);and
  • 2-Part Special Project Course (6 units).

Students must also complete 8 units of Physical Education (PE) courses and 6 units of National Service Training Program (NSTP) courses.

GE Core Courses

ETHICS 1Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life (3 units)
WIKA 1Wika, Kultura at Lipunan (3 units)
ARTS 1Critical Perspectives in the Arts (3 units)
SCIENCE 11Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics (3 units)
MATH 10Mathematics, Culture and Society (3 units)
KAS 1Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas (3 Units)
STS Science, Technology and Society (3 Units)

GE Elective Courses
Take any 3 courses (9 units) from the following:

SAS 1Self and Society (3 units)
COMM 10Critical Perspectives in Communication (3 units)
PHILARTS 1Philippine Arts and Culture (3 units)
ENG 11Literature and Society (3 units)
SOCSCI 2Social, Political, and Economic Thought (3 units)

Common Courses

COMM 2Communication Skills 2 (3 units)
COMP ED 10Critical Digital Literacies (3 units)
COMP ED 20Introduction to Analytics (3 units)
ENG 157English for the Professions (3 units)

Mandated Courses

PI 100Life and Works of Rizal (3 units)
PE*Physical Education (total of 8 equivalent units)
NSTP**Civic Welfare Training Service (total of 6 equivalent units)

Major Core Courses

MMS 100Introduction to Multimedia Studies (3 units)
MMS 101Introduction to Information Technology (3 units)
MMS 102Theories in Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 111Gender and Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 112Multimedia and Society (3 units)
MMS 115Law and Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 120Communication and Culture (3 units)
MMS 121Multimedia and Popular Culture (3 units)
MMS 130Information and Communication Technology for Development (3 units)
MMS 131Introduction to Knowledge Management (3 units)
MMS 140Mathematics in Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 141Principles of Programming (3 units)
MMS 142Internet Technologies and Web Development (3 units)
MMS 143Introduction to Multimedia Computing (3 units)
MMS 150User Interface and User Experience Design (3 units)
MMS 170Aesthetics in Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 194New Media Art (3 units)
MMS 197Multimedia Research
MMS 199Undergraduate Seminar on Multimedia Studies (1 unit)

Major Elective Courses***

MMS 144Principles of Multimedia Information Management (3 units)
MMS 145Multimedia Communications and Networking (3 units)
MMS 146Object-Oriented Programming (3 units)
MMS 149Software Engineering in Multimedia Practice (3 units)
MMS 151
MMS 181
Introduction to Web Accessibility (3 units)
Scriptwriting for Effective Instructional Video

Production Courses

MMS 171Text in Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 172Audio in Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 173Photography in Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 174Graphics in Multimedia (3 units)
MMS 175Videography in Multimedia(3 units)
MMS 176Animation in Multimedia (3 units)

Special Topics

MMS 198Special Topics

Special Project/Capstone

MMS 200Special Project

* Physical Education courses do not count to the total academic units earned or the General Weighted Average (GWA).

** The Civil Welfare Training Service component of the NSTP is available in UPOU. However, units earned under the Literacy Training Service (LTS) and Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) components from other recognized higher education institutions can be credited.

*** Upper division courses in BAMS and other undergraduate programs can be considered as major elective courses pending approval of FICS. See this article for more details.


Example Plans of Study are available as downloadable PDF files at the end of the BAMS Program Handbook page. These are provided merely as guides; admitted BAMS students will need to create their own Plans of Study and customize it according to their own needs. 

Please note that the schedule of course offerings may change.  However, BAMS students are provided with tools and support systems to help themselves effectively map their Plan of Study and adjust to any shifts in the scheduled offerings of classes. 

Program Chair

  • Dr. Emely M. Amoloza

Full-time Faculty

  • Dr. Myra C. Almodiel
  • Dr. Emely M. Amoloza
  • Dr. Ria Mae H. Borromeo
  • Asst. Prof. Mari Anjeli L. Crisanto
  • Dr. Roberto B. Figueroa, Jr. 
  • Dr. Alexander G. Flor
  • Asst. Prof. Luisa A. Gelisan
  • Asst. Prof. Joyce Mae A. Manalo
  • Dr. Diego S. Maranan
  • Asst. Prof. Cecille A. Moldez
  • Asst. Prof. Reinald Adrian dL. Pugoy
  • Asst. Prof. Martin Jerome Goli-Cruz
  • Asst. Prof. Blancaflor Arada
  • Dr. Ruth Rodriguez
  • Asst. Prof. Roda Tajon
  • Asst. Prof. Maria Maura Tinao
  • Asst. Prof. Eunelfa Regine Calibara

Affiliate Faculty

  • Atty. Emerson Bañez
  • Asst. Prof. Edmund G. Centeno
  • Dr. Benjamina Paula G. Flor


  • Dr. Grace J. Alfonso
  • Ariel Noel T. David
  • Triccie Marie V.O. Domingo
  • Katherine K. Esteves
  • Jack Koumi
  • Jonnell P. Sangalang
  • Rosangela Anne D. Salaya
  • Reiko Mae L. Mirabueno
  • Paolo Lorenzo C. Vega


  • Jebel Musa
  • Ann Kristine Medina
  • Kristine Rose B. Moldez
  • Alyza Regine Medina

On Study Leave

  • Asst. Prof. Al Francis D. Librero

Full-time Students

  • Full-time students are expected to take regular  12 units loads except for the term where they take MMS 199 (wherein only 10 units would be possible).
  • While they have equivalent units indicated, PE and CWTS do not actually count to your unit load (which is why their unit values are typically in parenthesis), so you will be able to enroll to either or both of them on top of a 12 unit load.
  • Overloading is heavily restricted and is generally considered only if a student only has 15 units left before graduating and will be able to enroll in all of them within a trimester, or if a student is in danger of breaking the maximum residency rule (which is eight years for BAMS). And even then, a student must be in very good academic standing (no failing grades, DRPs, unresolved 4.0s or EXTs).

Part-time Students

  • While all students are allowed to take regular 12 unit loads, part-time students are typically advised to take no more than six (6) units
  • Working students are technically still allowed to take on a full twelve-unit load. However, that is, in most cases, a bad idea for working students.
  • Only working students in very good academic standing (no failing grades, DRPs, unresolved 4.0s or EXTs) will be allowed to take more than 9 units

Students with Pending Requests for Transfer of Credits

  • You don’t have to wait for the result of your request to enroll
  • You may opt not to enroll the courses that you requested for transfer of credits while waiting for the results of your request
  • The program chair is not involved in processing requests for transfer of credits. Any related inquiries must be forwarded to the FICS Secretary.

New Students

  • Full-time students have a number of courses to choose from. Please refer to the sample plan of study for reference. Your actual plan will slightly differ, since you are entering at an irregular period (second trimester). Typically, I would advise new students to take MMS 100, three GE courses plus PE and/or CWTS. MMS 100 is also another good course to enroll in immediately.
  • Part-time students have the same set of recommended courses to choose from. But do limit yourself to six units. I would recommend MMS 100 and one GE course.
  • Avoid taking higher BAMS courses.

Continuing Students

  • This is where a well-composed plan of study comes into play. Most, if not all of what you see in the list of course offerings this second trimester will most likely be offered again next year in the same trimester.
  • Taking and passing MMS 140 or 141 at the soonest possible time will give you leeway for succeeding courses in the 140-series in the following trimesters.
  • If you don’t like the current topic for MMS 198, don’t worry. A different topic will be made available next time.


  • Prerequisites typically hold and are to be respected by everyone.
  • If a prerequisite is deemed unnecessary, it will already be pre-waived prior to the enrollment period.
  • Recalcitrant requesting to waive prerequisites are best not sent at all. But if there is no other choice, they can be sent to the faculty-in-charge of the pertinent courses. They will have the final say and can supersede prior word from the program chair.

Additional Information

  • Official information on registration and the BAMS curriculum can be found in the OUR website.
  • While superseded by whatever is indicated through official channels, your peers, as well as other articles may also be helpful sources of information for you.