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. Aug. 15, 2019Jordyn Stewart (MFA 2019) is a finalist for the 2019 Emerging Digital Artists Award
    Jordyn Stewart's video Landscape Technician

    Congratulation to recent MFA graduate Jordyn Stewart.  She has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2019 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA), Canada’s award for critical experimentation in digital media.

  2. Aug. 6, 2019Congratulations to Steven Restagno
    Steven Restagno's artwork titled Solus

    Congratulations to Steven Restango (BA 2019) for winning the Best of Student Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair in July.  

  3. July 8, 2019ION station artwork by Professor Tara Cooper
    Mill Street ION artwork

    Ten works of public art are being installed at stations along Kitchener-Waterloo's Ion light rail transit (LRT) corridor.  The work at the Kitchener Station is by Fine Arts Faculty member Tara Cooper and her partner Terry O'Neill.

    WILLKOMMEN!— What tall tales does your neighbourhood share? A haunted house, a crazy neighbour, a secret, long buried creek?

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