Welcome to Fine Arts

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

Our plans for Fall 2021.

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. July 12, 2021Fine Arts winners at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
    Logo of the 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

    Congratulations to current MFA Carrie Perreault and Fine Arts Alumnus Steven Restagno (BA 2019) who were both award winners at the 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.

    Carrie was awarded the 2021 Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair.

  2. July 6, 20212021 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition III
    MFA Thesis 3, Carrie Perreault and Maria Simmons artwork at www.uwag.uwaterloo.ca

    The Department of Fine Arts and UWAG (University of Waterloo Art Gallery) present the third 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.

  3. May 20, 2021Summer jobs for students in local Arts organizations

    CAKFA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area) and Mindful Makers have positions available for students for summer 2021. 

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  1. Sep. 16 to Dec. 8, 2021Rah and Amanda Rhodenizer exhibitions at UWAG
    uwag logo

    University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) presents two exhibitions, SuperNova by Rah and O’er the Western Hills by Amanda Rhodenizer.

    Stay-tuned for updates on limited by-appointment exhibition viewing times. Exhibition documentation will be posted online September 30.

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