The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) College of Education(CEd), through its Special Tertiary Education Program (STEP), is offering a new two-an-a-half year certificate course on Arts Management Reverse Inclusion and Mainstreaming Education (AM-RIME), starting on the first semester of school year 2011-2012.
This was learned from Ms. Virginia Palmares, head of CEd’s Special Education (SPED) Resource Center which is tasked to implement the course, in collaboration with the Office of Culture and the Arts (OCTA), under its Director Dr. Roberto B. Torres, Office of the President.
Meanwhile, Dr. Torres informed that AM-RIME is being implemented on the strength of WMSU Board of Regents Resolution No. 22, series of 2011 which confirmed Resolution No. 04, series of 2011 of the Academic Council, approving the then proposed AM-RIME program.
As a certificate course, AM-RIME includes a two-year program for the academic courses and one semester for on-the-job-training, according to Dr. Torres. It offers regular students (non-handicapped) the chance to learn side by side with the differently-abled, he added. Hopefully, the program will enhance the potentialities of the differently-abled with the support of the regular students, while at the same time, enriching the latter’s artistic capabilities. This also provides an alternative opportunity for students who do not qualify for the university admission, Dr. Torres revealed.
AM-RIME has the following major courses during the first year: Elements of Art; Art History; Fundamentals of Design and Aesthetic; and Forms of Art. On the second year, major courses will include: Technical Art Design (Scenography, Lighting and Sounds); Basic Acting; Basic Dance; Photography Fundamental; Visual Designs and Video Art Techniques; and Fundamentals of Art Management.
Admission requirements are: high school report card (Form 137), certificate of good moral character, birth certificate, college entrance test rating (including below 50 score), and interview with the applicant. (Ms. Evelyn C. Luceno, PAO-WMSU)