Department of Fine Arts
Tel 519 888-4567 x36923
Fine Arts teaches the how and the why of making. The how involves a wide-range of material and digital skills from ceramics, painting, print media, and photography, to cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing, digital imagery and DSLR filmmaking. The why helps students develop criticality in visual culture—a rigour that hones an understanding of what things look like and mean within the current global condition. Our faculty is outstanding, and students often work with them one-on-one.
Undergraduate students major or minor in Studio and/or Visual Culture; they can also participate in co-op through Waterloo’s Arts and Business program with a Fine Arts major. Graduate students pursue a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) with its unique Keith and Win Shantz International Research Scholarship.
To find out more about our department, follow any of the links above or in the main menu. Our faculty and staff are also happy to talk with you via email, over the phone, or in person to answer any questions you might have.
For graduate inquiries contact our graduate chair, Lois Andison.
The Department of Fine Arts stands in support of our Black, Indigenous, POC, and LGBT+ students and supports the Faculty of Arts’ commitment to doing better.
Fine Arts acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Find out more about this territorial acknowledgement.
Congratulation to Sarah Kernohan (MFA '15) and Sheila McMath (MFA '01) for being among the recipients of the 2022 Arts Awards Waterloo Region. Arts Awards Waterloo Region is a non-profit arts organization that recognizes, honours and celebrates the arts sector in the Region of Waterloo.
This year’s Lumen Festival in Uptown Waterloo happens Saturday September 24th, 6-11 pm and includes the work of several University of Waterloo Fine Arts Alumi.
Fine Arts Alumna Soheila Esfahani (BA 2003), along with artists Jude Abu Zaineh and Xiaojing Yan, are exhibiting in The Art of Living: On Immigration, Community and the Migration of Symbols
Any artwork or personal property not picked up by 8:00 AM on December 15, 2022 will be THROWN IN THE GARBAGE.
You will be unable to pick-up your work and/or personal property during or after Trash Day; if you wish to keep your stuff (artwork, personal belongings and raw materials) you must pick up it all up before Trash day! Anything left in the: studios, lockers, hallways, cubbies, alcoves and closets will be thrown out on Thursday, December 15, 2022.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.