8 'Obscure' College Degrees You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Take

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I used to dread talking about my degree with distant relatives over dinner.

“What course are you taking?” They’d ask over the last few spoonfuls of rice and embutido.

“Creative Writing po!” I’d say with a big smile.

Freshman me was more enthusiastic. Until I became more perceptive of the confused looks and the faltering smiles that masked my relatives’ confusion.

The louder titas and titos are more frank though.

“What’s that? What future will you have after college?”

“Oh, so Journalism?”

If my social battery is low or on power-saving mode, I’d usually smile and nod at the latter. Most times, I’d use my spiel. I’d say that we had four tracks we can choose to specialize in. Writing in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama. It only covers the first question of the former though. How can a freshman kid like me answer the second?


After falling harder in love with my degree though, I bet I can better answer my titas and titos now. Except, they moved on to the buko salad and are talking scandalously about their pamangkin who plans on taking photography as a degree. And so, this list, in no particular order, is for all the kids out there doubting whether they should pursue their passions just because very few understand it.

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1. AB Photography

Your favorite photos don’t have to remain in memory cards and camera rolls. Turn your hobby into your profession and work as an art, fashion, or wedding photographer. You can also venture into the advertising field, photojournalism, among many other possibilities, and tell the most meaningful stories through a single shot.

2. AB Art Management

If you love art, museums, and dream of curating an exhibit one day, this degree might just be for you. This degree trains you in curatorship, exhibition design, art writing, research and documentation, and the marketing and promotion of the arts. You could connect with local, international artistic and cultural institutions, become an art critic and historian, a culture and heritage advocate, or an editor for art and lifestyle publications once you graduate.


3. AB Interdisciplinary Studies

Can’t choose between two courses? You can have the best of both worlds through this degree! Take courses in at least two disciplines and study them through the interdisciplinary method. For example, you could take courses in both BS Management and BFA Creative Writing, or AB Communication and BFA Theatre Arts, to name a few, and become fully equipped to face a variety of fields after college. From working for the arts, media, or entrepreneurship, you can’t go wrong with this degree.

4. AB Panitikan (Filipino)

AB Panitikan shouldn’t have to be under an “Obscure College Degrees” list. Sadly, with the Supreme Court’s ruling on CHEd’s Memorandum Order No. 20 Series of 2013, that removes Filipino and Panitikan as a core subject, this is where the degree seems to be headed. That’s if, and only if we allow this to happen.

Cultivate your love for the country through research, creative writing, translating, and literary and cultural analysis in Filipino. Enter the academe, become a translator, a news writer, a publication staffer, a Filipino literary writer, a scriptwriter, or a cultural officer after college!


5. AB Production Design

Production designers might just be TV, film, and theatre’s more underrated heroes. In this degree, you will learn how to create new worlds or bring olden times to the present by studying theatre and film design, art history, media studies, stagecraft, prosthetics, and costume construction. After graduation, you’ll be ready to enter the field of media and arts and work as a costume designer, exhibit designer, set designer, or special effects artist for films or theatre plays.

6. BFA Creative Writing

Love reading books, poetry, essays, or watching plays? Why not write your own? In this degree, you will experience writing workshops in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Through the study of literary and critical texts and its creative process, you’ll be ready to work as either a content developer, editor, journalist, producer, a public relations officer, or a professor in the academe after college!


7. BFA Industrial Design

This fine arts course immerses you into the field of industrial design, photography, design theory, ergonomics, package and systems design, and drawing techniques for industrial design, among many others. These will allow you to design and develop packagings and the systems that go into the production of various products. Work for graphic design studios, manufacturing companies, and the creative industry after graduation.

8. BS Digital Game Design and Development

Turn your past-time into a full-time job! This five-year degree will teach you how to design and develop games not only for entertainment but for education, physical or mental therapy, cultural preservation, advertising and more. From learning about programming, algorithms, databases, and other fields of computer sciences and mathematics, you might just be ready to market your game before graduation.

At the end of the day, remember that obscurity is temporary. It’s only obscure now because there’s not yet enough of you who are brave enough or have the resources needed to walk on the road less traveled. But, you could be a pioneer. A pioneer paving the way for others more doubtful and afraid or do not yet have enough resources to reach for their dreams. Besides, when you love what you do enough, your relatives’ confused looks won’t matter.


One day, your skill, built by love and passion will make them understand. Pride and admiration will replace skepticism and it would all have been worth it. (Soldier on, pioneer!)

This story originally appeared on Edukasyon.ph. Minor edits have been made by the candymag.com editors.









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Planning a photoshoot isn’t that simple as you thought it would be, that is if you really want to come up with an elegant output. But worry no more, you can be able to do it in no time with the following tips:

1. Determine a Concept.

Photoshoot is a form of communication. It is an artists’ way of expressing themselves. When building a photoshoot concept, always keep in mind that you are not building it for yourself. But instead, you are doing it for everyone you want to communicate with. So in order to express yourself, do not settle with some mediocre concept. Be creative with it. Always bring with you your handy-dandy notes and keep recording your ideas, even the silliest ones. Sketch, draw, or even make an essay about it. Most importantly, burn with the idea of making it happen. For starters, check out Pinterest for more creative ideas.

2. Tell a story.

Ask yourself, what story would you like to tell everyone? How would you like to tell it to them? Is that story relatable to everybody? If you have the answers for each of these questions, then you are way ahead than everybody else. When you are having a photoshoot, you do not just aim and click your camera whenever and wherever you like. You have to consider the relevance of the shots you are taking. Remember, you are telling a story. And a good story needs to be planned. So take your time with constructing your own story. The rest will go along with it.

3. Pick your Location.

Any location will do as long as it connects with your idea or concept. You can use your garage, or even your backyard. However, if you decide to photograph outside, you may need to know a thing or two about photographing in a natural setting.

4. Timing.

In photography, you have to be poetic and playful at the same time. You must at least understand the technicalities of light. As they say, photography is a play of lights. Since we are talking with lights and all, what’s even more natural than the sunlight itself. Sunlight is like the holy grail of photography, especially when you are taking outside. I personally prefer either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, in which the sun provides us the most beautiful light we can see in a day — the Golden Hour. However, as a photographer, you have the freedom to choose your timing, which will of course suit with your own concept. So whatever you are aiming for with your concept, choose the time wisely.

5. Check the weather.

The more prepared you are, the better. Trust me! It’s very difficult to achieve your concept when it is contradicting with the weather, or you’ll end up switching your concept last minute.

6. Use a Prop!

Use props to help you execute your concept or narrative, and showcase your creativity. Interacting with something makes you more comfortable in front of the camera. However, pick only the ones which are relevant to your concept. You just don’t want to use a suit and tie attire if you have a beachy-vibe concept, right?

7. Styles and Color.

It is important to pick your style relevant to your concept and story to tell. Pick the right color that matches with your location, so that it will captivate the eyes of your audience. For instance, you can pick any bright colors and style if you have a lively photoshoot concept. On the contrary, monochrome colors if you want to tell a sad story in your photos.

Furthermore, you may not want to forget the most important thing for your model or as a model— the complete photoshoot outfit. 8. Reflection. As a model, check yourself in the mirror for styling and to practice your pose. This is important to build confidence in front of the camera.

I don't know. by Mariella Ysabel Amatus

I don’t know what to do. I feel lost. I don’t know what to do. I feel alone. I don’t know what to do. I feel abandoned. Dreams are things we ought to have. Without them, we might never know where will our future take us. We seem to be trained to have them. I want to be a nurse. I want to be a doctor. I want to be an engineer. I want to be a lawyer. Those are the lines children tell in front of people. It seems simple to dream. To have an ambition. Well, I thought it is. But, now, as I put a book on my lap, thinking about where my fate will lead me, it isn’t.

I feel drowned in the responsibility of knowing what I wanted. The season of college entrance tests are coming. Yet, I feel nothing but doubtful. I studied, but now, I am not doing such a thing. I felt so engrossed the last time I checked myself months ago. Now, I am unsure of what I want to do. I have to study. Yes, I know. However, I feel so dismissive to do something. I can’t even point out what’s the problem in me.

What am I doing? I must go, open some books, and study hard. But, I am never doing it in this present moment. Instead of challenging myself with tons of knowledge, I am here writing this passage with my mind resonating with unspoken words and truth. I seem insane, right? What will happen to me if I keep on doing nothing? Well, simple. I will never be successful - I know that. Then, what must I do?

Asking myself such a question will never suffice what I really need. Because, I’ve been asking myself questions all the time. Yet, I’ve never come up with answers. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being pained. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being tortured. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being misunderstood. I don’t know what to do. I don't know.

A Stranger "Things"

strangers can be not strangers, they can be someone else

Isn't it intimidating to interact with strangers? Majority will say "yes" certainly. No doubt, parents also come up with their very classic "Don't talk to strangers" smart advice for their children. But come to realize to take the opposite approach of it as we grow older, there's a tangled idea in our head it it is beneficial or not.

Finding comfort to someone we don't know is like finding a needle in the bunch of hay. A blurry-blurry thing, a no-percent no-possibility to happen. But not to compare, for others it's like their way of finding comfort, way to socialize, way to widen their circle of acquaintance, that's why psychologist somewhat agree with it. If the person didn't give you a ghastly vibe, why not give it a try to interact. It's kinda weird thing to open doors for strangers,but at the same time, its interesting. Think of this, why its easy for others to share secretes of them, or to have pretty intimate conversation to random person? Cause they say, "No judgement".

Why its okay to ask help to person we dont know if we are in unfamiliar place? Cause they can help us, and same goes in other way. Bottomline, Strangers are not just strangers or a person we dont know, or a person that our parents taught us not to talk to. They can be someone else who can help us in times of unfamiliarity of places or thing. They can be the person who sit next to you in the bus who ask for a little help for direction and end up having a great conversation.

They can be a lot more we didn't expect to, and you can tell by yourself that your best of friends you have today are once a complete stranger to you yet you end up having a strong bond of friendship. They are the person we completely don't know, we dont know their upbringings or what, but sometimes the can be more helpful to us than the others we know. By simply having a casual conversation with them, we're not noticing that they are giving us a diffirent approach to different aspects in life and unfortunately, this idea overpowers by just word "stranger". Hopefully, maybe now or then, we're very thankfull that we took the opposite approach of "do not talk to strangers"

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