Welcome to Fine Arts

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.

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.

  1. Sep. 18, 2017Future Shapers art installationInstallation art for Student Life Centre

    Future Shapers Art Installation

    Calling all Fine Arts students! Are you interested in joining a campus wide initiative to design and create an art installation to hang in the Student Life Centre?

  2. Sep. 12, 2017Alumni Denise St Marie φ Timothy Walker exhibition in VancouverCurrency artwork by Denise and Tim

    Fine Arts Alumni Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker (MFA 2017) have their work in a show at Malaspina Printmakers in Vancouver.  The exhibition, It’s not what you see—it’s how you see it, opened September 7, 2017.

  3. Sep. 12, 2017Alumna Lisa Birke (MFA 2013) exhbition "The Knits"Still from The Knits video

    Alumna Lisa Birke's (MFA 2013) short film The Knits will be at the Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange from September 15 - November 5, 2017.  The exhibition opens Friday, September 15 at 7:00PM.

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  1. Sep. 21, 2017Life drawing sessionFall 2017 life drawing poster

  2. Sep. 22, 20172017 Shantz International Research Scholarship presentations2017 Shantz International poster

    UW Fine Arts invites you to our annual Shantz International Research Scholarship presentations. Each year, four Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students spend six weeks of their third term studying abroad with professional artists, and the Shantz scholarships make it possible.

  3. Sep. 28, 2017Life drawing sessionFall 2017 life drawing poster

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