The pioneering MSU-IIT Culture and Arts Studies (CAS) Program is the recipient of a One Million-and-Forty-four-Thousand-Peso Grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) coursed through the MSU-IIT as conduit of the grant.
The NCCA under the Office of the President (OP) is the lead institution in the country’s policy implementation for cultural and heritage development. It manages the government’s endowment for the arts. The grant for the MSU-IIT CAS Program supports scholarships and partly subsidizes the operations of the program covering the period January to December 2016.
The CAS Program is the first and one of its kind in the country introduced as a “ladderized” diploma and Master’s degree graduate course which opened classes in August last year.
Fourteen students compose the first batch completing inter-disciplinary tracks in Performance Studies, Arts Administration, and Literature and Creative Writing. Scholars are accepted based on their proposed research and/or creative production requirement.
The NCCA has provided grants since 2009 for the study and subsequent conduct of a viable CAS program, a discipline that was conceived in 2005. A discipline such as the CAS program was implemented after passing through a long-winded route of layers of bureaucracy. The CAS program was finally approved by the MSU Board of Regents in 2015.
Founder of the program is College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) Professor and Performance Studies scholar Prof. Dr. Steven P.C. Fernandez.