Welcome to Fine Arts

The University of Waterloo Fine Arts studios, computer lab, tool crib, woodshop and gallery remain closed until further notice.


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.

Find out more

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 undergraduate inquiries contact our undergraduate administrator, Brett Roberts, or our undergraduate chair, Cora Cluett. The Fine Arts undergraduate office is in East Campus Hall room 1206.

For graduate inquiries contact our graduate chair, Tara Cooper.


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.

 
  1. Apr. 14, 20212021 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition I
    MFA Thesis 1, Racquel Rowe and Karice Mitchell artwork at www.uwag.uwaterloo.ca

    The Department of Fine Arts and UWAG (University of Waterloo Art Gallery) present the first of two thesis exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates from the graduate program in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. MFA Thesis gives the campus and community-at-large an opportunity to see the end result of two years of intensive research and studio production by emerging visual artists.

    While MFA thesis exhibitions will be installed on site, the gallery remains closed in response to the ongoing pandemic and current lockdown. 

  2. Apr. 12, 2021Fine Arts faculty member Logan MacDonald is featured in the Faculty of Arts News
    Gallery installation; on wall - landscape composed of pages in grid of 9 by 5, on floor 3 photos - centre one reads Native Land

    Logan MacDonald joined the Fine Arts Department in 2019 and was named Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous art last year.  In the Faculty of Arts profile article he discusses his background and heritage as well as his research and artistic endeavors which focus on Indigenous, disability and queer perspectives.

  3. Apr. 12, 2021Aaron Francis photographic installation on East Campus Hall windows
    Large scale photographic installation of family photos from the 1960s on building windows.

    Tamarack Drive is a series of images from 1969 taken by Jamaican-born, Waterloo, Ontario-based photographer Roy Francis. Originally captured on Kodak Ektachrome 35mm transparency film and developed by Roy at the family home on Tamarack, the series offers a candid glimpse of early Caribbean-Canadian life in Waterloo Region. Curated by Roy’s grandson Aaron Francis, whose grandmother, mother, and uncles appear here alongside one another outside the family home and on family trips to Niagara Falls and the Canadian National Exhibition.

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