Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies (New Curriculum)

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.

The BAMS program fully complies with the admission requirements as prescribed by the university. To be considered for admission in the BAMS program, an applicant must:

  1. Have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent through completion of the new K to 12 curriculum implemented by the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) under the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (Republic Act No. 10533), or through the old basic education curriculum implemented by DepEd prior to the enactment of RA 10533, or by passing DepEd’s Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS and A&E) Test for the secondary level; and
  2. Should either:
    • take and pass the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) with a University Predicted Grade (UPG) of 2.800 or better; or
    • qualify to be admitted through the Iskolar ng Bayan Program as provided by a transitory provision of the Iskolar ng Bayan Law of 2014 (RA 10648); or
    • have completed at least 33 college units with a general weighted average (GWA) of 2.500 or better from another UP constituent unit or a GWA of 2.000 or better from another college or university outside of the UP System; and
  3. Complete the UPOU Distance Education Readiness (DER) Module.

If necessary, applicants may also be advised to complete bridge courses offered by UPOU.

If you are interested in the program, browse through the documentary requirements and application procedures. Check the academic calendar to make sure you do not miss the deadline for submission of applications.

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.

Cross-Enrollment

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

Re-admission

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);
  • 4 Common Courses (12 units);
  • 18 Major Courses (54 units);
  • 5 Major Elective Courses (15 units);
  • 6 Multimedia Production Courses (18 units);
  • 1 Mandated Course – PI 100  (3 units);
  • 1 Special Topics Course (3 units);
  • 1 Undergraduate Seminar Course (1 unit);and
  • 1 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.

General Education 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 1 
STS 1 

GE Elective Courses

 

SAS 1Self and Society (3 units)
Comm 10Critical Perspectives in Communication (3 units)
PHILARTS 1Philippine Arts and Culture (3 units)
ENG 11(3 units)
SOCSCI 2(3 units)

COMMON COURSES

COMM 2Communication Skills 2
COMP ED 10 
COMP ED 20 
ENG 157English for the Professions (3 units)

Mandated Courses

PI 100 Life and Works of Rizal (3 units)
PE Physical Education (total of 6 equivalent units)
CWTSCivic 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)

Production and Practicum 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)

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 151Introduction to Web Accessibility (3 units)

* Upper division courses in BAMS and other undergraduate programs can be considered as major elective courses pending approval of FICS.

 

Full-time

Below is the officially approved four-year plan of study for full-time students who have not yet earned college level units.

FIRST YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 100
GE Core 1
GE Core 2
Common 1
(PE 1)
(NSTP 1)
MMS 101
MMS 140
GE Core 3
GE Elective 1
(PE 2)
(NSTP 2)
MMS 102
MMS 141
MMS 170
GE Core 4
SECOND YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 111
MMS 142
MMS 171
Common 2
(PE 2/3)
MMS 143
MMS 173
GE Core 5
GE Elective 2
MMS 112
MMS 172
GE Core 6
GE Core 7
THIRD YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 115
MMS 120
MMS 150
MMS 175
MMS 121
MMS 174
MMS 194
Common 3
MMS 176
MMS 197
Common 4
GE Elective 3
FOURTH YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 130
MMS 200
PI 100
Major Elective 1
MMS 198
MMS 199
MMS 131
Major Elective 2
Major Elective 3*
MMS 200
Major Elective 3*
Major Elective 4
Major Elective 5

Part-time (8 years)

Students unable to faithfully follow the full-time schedule outlined above are considered part-timers. They are often recommended to take only six (6) units per trimester (not counting PE and NSTP). Following that recommendation will allow students to graduate in eight (8) years.

It is possible for part-time students to graduate more quickly.  A customized plan of study will have to be followed. Interested students must discuss this with the BAMS Program Chair for guidance.

FIRST YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 100
GE Core 1
(PE 1)
MMS 101
GE Core 2
(PE 2)
MMS 102
GE Core 3
SECOND YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
GE Core 4
GE Elective 1
(NSTP 1)
MMS 140
GE Core 5
(NSTP 2)
MMS 115
MMS 141
THIRD YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 111
GE Elective 2
(PE 3)
MMS 143
GE Core 6
MMS 150
MMS 170
FOURTH YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 142
MMS 171
MMS 172
GE Elective 3
MMS 173
Common 1
FIFTH YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 112
MMS 174
MMS 175
Common 2
MMS 121
MMS 176
SIXTH YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 120
GE Core 7
MMS 194
Common 3
MMS 197
PI 100
SEVENTH YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 130
Common 4
MMS 198
Major Elective 1
MMS 131
Major Elective 2
EIGHTH YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 200
Major Elective 3
MMS 199
Major Elective 4
MMS 200
Major Elective 5

Associate in Arts Graduates (3 years)

Graduates of the AA Program can proceed to the BAMS Program with units earned from GE Core, GE Elective and Common courses credited. Additionally, pending the approval of FICS, some Concentration courses may also be credited as Major Elective courses.  Focusing mainly on the Major courses, AA graduates studying full-time can graduate within three years. Shown below is one of a handful of possible ways of achieving that.

FIRST YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 100
MMS 111
MMS 112
MMS 120
MMS 101
MMS 121
MMS 140
Major Elective 1
MMS 102
MMS 141
MMS 150
MMS 170
SECOND YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 130
MMS 142
MMS 171
Major Elective 2
MMS 143
MMS 172
MMS 194
Major Elective 3
MMS 115
MMS 173
MMS 197

THIRD YEAR
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird Trimester
MMS 174
MMS 200
Major Elective 4
MMS 175
MMS 198
MMS 199

MMS 176
MMS 200
Major Elective 5

Note:
Scheduling of GE and Common courses, as of August 2, 2018 is still highly subject to change without prior notice. FICS will make adjustments and provisions whenever necessary while the scheduling of said courses are finalized

Full-time Faculty

  • Prof. Grace J. Alfonso
  • Asst. Prof. Myra C. Almodiel
  • Asst. Prof. Ria Mae H. Borromeo
  • Asst. Prof. Mari Anjeli L. Crisanto
  • Asst. Prof. Roberto B. Figueroa, Jr.
  • Prof. Alexander G. Flor
  • Asst. Prof. Al Francis D. Librero
  • Asst. Prof. Joyce Mae A. Manalo
  • Asst. Prof. Diego Silang S. Maranan
  • Asst. Prof. Reinald Adrian dL. Pugoy

Affiliate Faculty

  • Assoc. Prof. Benjamina Paula G. Flor
  • Asst. Prof. Benedict Olgado
  • Assoc. Prof. Arminda Santiago
  • Asst. Prof. Katrina Ross Tan

Lecturers

  • Emerson Bañez
  • Luisa Gelisan
  • Albert Michael Idioma
  • Cecille Moldez
  • Triccie Marie V.O. Domingo
  • Jonnell Sangalang
  • Margaret J. Suarez

Teaching Assistants

  • Reiko Mae Mirabueno

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

  • 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.