When Palma Hall was still known as the College of Liberal Arts Building, Speech and Drama courses were offered by the Department of English. In May 1959, the Department of Speech and Drama (DSD) started to function as a separate unit – a clear recognition as a distinct discipline and a prime component in a university education
DSD became known as the Discipline of Speech and Drama for a very brief period and then reverted to its original name. In 1974, the U.P. Board of Regents approved the change in name to the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA) – the name by which the Department is known to this day.
The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA) offers two basic degree programs: B.A in Speech Communication and B,A in Theatre Arts as well as a Certificate course in Theatre Arts. All programs are designed to prepare the students for a holistic career.
Our graduates hold key positions in broadcasting (radio and television) as well as in the performing arts (stage and film). Many others are successful career persons in their chosen field of endeavor. This is precisely due to the training within the degree program which enables the student to develop both intellect and creative resources.
The student gets immersed in both the theoretical and factual aspects of human communication, under the scholarly guidance of the DSCTA faculty and staff who are armed with irreproachable academic backgrounds, research, know-how, and in-depth experience. The DSCTA faculty, believing that a responsible communicator has to understand the complexity of mass-as-social being, inspires the student to go beyond classroom learning.
Principles in Speech Communication practice are tested by the student who is encouraged to organize, coordinate and participate in speech festivals, speech contests, public group discussion, debates, and other speech activities. Radio techniques are taught in the original DZUP radio station where the student learns how to handle and operate radio equipment.
Under the DSCTA are nationally organized theater companies which have participated in international drama festivals. Dulaang UP, the cultural arm of the Department, introduces the student to a world wide drama repertoire and involves them in all aspects of theatre production. UP Playwrights Theatre, on the other hand, mounts full production plays written by Filipinos. Dulaang Laboratoryo stages student-directed and student-acted plays. Meanwhile, sining pangkabataan enhances the teaching/learning of children’s Speech and Theatre.
The DSCTA faculty uses English as the medium of instruction. However, in keeping with the University Language Policy, the faculty also uses Filipino in specific courses. The DSCTA faculty strongly believes that language is instrumental to responsible and purposive communication.
True to university’s tradition of honor and excellence, the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts continues to attract enrollees and applicants to its multi-program offering.
The DSCTA envisions itself as a Center of Excellence in the fields of speech communication and theatre arts in the country as well as in Asia and the Pacific within the next decade.
To provide UP students and extended communities distinctly innovative approaches to instruction, research/creative work, and extension service in the areas of speech communication and theatre arts, with the aim of developing highly ethical, critical, and creative communicators and artists.