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 undergraduate inquiries contact our undergraduate administrator, Brett Roberts, or our undergraduate chair, Bojana Videkanic. The Fine Arts undergraduate office is in East Campus Hall room 1206.
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.
Recently people who frequent the halls of Engineering 6 may have noticed many unique art pieces on display. These works elicit a variety of reactions.
The exhibition image/object: new approaches to three-dimensional photography is on view at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC until May 6 as part of the 2023 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program.
KWAG (Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallert) has produced short documentary videos titled Public Domain featuring artists whose work is in the KWAG Permanent Collection. Public Domain engages with the power of art to connect people and build more resilient communities, within the region and beyond.
Opening reception: Thursday June 8, 5:00–8:00 pm
The Department of Fine Arts and UWAG present the third in the series of 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.
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.