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. Dec. 11, 2019Canadian Art interview about Jana Omar Elkhatib's performance work
    Jana Omar Elkhatib's performance in Artery gallery

    In her interview Writing Performances, Razan Samara converses with University of Waterloo Fine Arts student Jana Omar Elkhatib over several months discussing a series of recent performative works that Jana developed during her residency at Hamilton Artists Inc.

  2. Nov. 14, 2019Sarah Kernohan (MA 2015) at the X-Camera Speaker Series
    Sarah Kernohan X-Camera speaker posting

    SARAH KERNOHAN: Collections. Deposits. Processing. Making.  

    As part of Inter Arts Matrix's X-Camera Speaker Series, Fine Arts Alumna Sarah Kernohan will speak about her approach to the landscape, based on memory and the recall of natural imagery.  The talk is on Friday December 6, 2019 at noon (doors open at 11:30) at Fresh Ground, 256 King St. E., Kitchener, Ontario.

  3. Nov. 14, 2019Melissa Doherty (BA 1993) at the X-Camera Speaker Series
    Melissa Doherty x-camera poster

    MELISSA DOHERTY: Losing Ground

    As part of Inter Arts Matrix's X-Camera Speaker Series, Fine Arts Alumna Melissa Doherty will speak about her painting and how she plays with the perceptions of both landscape and landscape painting.  The talk is on Friday November 15, 2019 at noon (doors open at 11:30) at Fresh Ground, 256 King St. E., Kitchener, Ontario.

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