Courses are categorized into four (4) types. Being largely research-oriented, there are courses that cater to various research themes.
(U.P. Faculty Manual 2003 and BOR Approved PHDDBE Curriculum Proposal 2019)
- Lecture – Presentation and discussion of the subject by the instructor.
- Laboratory (Lab) – Application of scientific and other principles in a controlled environment by means of experiments; usually an inductive exercise in which students arrive at general principles from the experiments or, in the case of human sciences (e.g., psychology), observe a specific occurrence in light of general observations about human beings and the world at large. in proficiency courses (e.g.,language, speech), application and repeated practice of skills.
- Seminar – Student-led discussion (as in reading seminar) or presentation of paper (as in research seminar) at senior undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Special Topics – Topic not normally covered by major courses but selected by the appropriate academic body because it deals with the latest developments in the field or a new sub-specialization or subarea in the discipline; varies according to the availability of the instructor's expertise sometimes may be taken more than once provided that the topic is not the same as the previous ones. Sometimes used to develop a new course.
- Thesis – A 200-level course for undergraduates and 300-level course for master’s students which requires the student to demonstrate the capacity to research and write a coherent, well-organized and substantive pierce or the equivalent in literary, visual and performing arts.
- Dissertation – 400-level doctoral thesis in which the student is expected to make a contribution to knowledge as follows: to uncover facts or reinterpret known facts in distinctly novel ways on the basis of sound methodology; or in the case of the arts, devise a new approach to the formal element of arts; develop new methods of investigation and analysis. The literary (artistic or scientific, as the case may be) presentation of the dissertation must also be acceptable.
- Workshop – Hands-on application of visual, performing, and literary arts.
- Studio – Hands-on production course using radio, TV equipment, and architectural facilities.
(U.P. Faculty Manual 2003)