Welcome to Fine Arts

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

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.

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.

  1. July 9, 2020Olivia Carvalho (BA ’19) is featured in Alumni Impact Stories
    Olivia Carvalho

    A profile of Fine Arts Alumna Olivia Carvalho (BA ’19) is featured in the Alumni Impact Stories.  Olivia talks about her experiences while a student in the Department and also working as a Liaison Officer for the University and now as Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator at St. Jerome’s University.

    My days as a Fine Art undergrad instilled in me a testing mindset, and the importance of doing what you love, both as a student and in my life after graduation. 

  2. July 8, 2020Bojana Videkanic and other Yugoslav-Canadian artists publish an online essay about their work
    Artwork by Tamara Vukov. Tranzicija/Transition: Zrenjanin / Tranzicija/Transition: Yugo (Kragujevac) documentary feature, 2021.

  3. June 26, 2020Congratulations to Jess Lincoln (MFA 2017) for recieving a Greenshields grant.
    Artwork by Jess Lincoln: Alcove (Marie in the kitchen). 2019-2020. Oil on canvas, hinges. Each panel 47

    Fine Arts Alumna Jess Lincoln has been awarded a 2020 grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation to support her in her studio practice.  The Foundation provides grants to emerging artists from all around the world who are working in a representational style.  

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