By 1989, most of the members of the department were at the forefront of research in Philippine Art. There was a dramatic shift in art writing that had been focused on the fine arts. The study of art now included the creative endeavors of marginalized Philippine communities as well as popular art forms. The faculty changed its name to the Department of Art Studies to reflect the new approaches and paradigms required in these areas.
Currently, the Department of Art Studies administers three Baccalaureate degrees in Art Studies (Art History, Interdisciplinary and Philippine Art) and three Master of Arts degrees (Art History, Art Theory and Criticism and Museum Studies). It also offers three General Education courses, Art Studies 1 (Art and Society), Art Studies 2 (Art in Everyday Life) and Humanities 2 (Art, Man and Society).