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.

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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, Jessica Thompson. 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.

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. Find out more about this territorial acknowledgement.

  1. Jan. 27, 2023La Cartonera exhibit launch at Dana Porter Library lobby

    Taking cues from the cartonera movement, a grass roots publishing endeavour originating in Argentina in the early 2000s, the Fine Art students Professor Tara Cooper’s class "Takin’ It To The Streets" have created their own artist books, which will be on display in the Dana Porter Library lobby from February 2 to 13.  

    Come on February 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the exhibit and try your hand at creating your own artist's book!

  2. Jan. 26, 2023Chris Williams received an Oscar nomination for ‘The Sea Beast’
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    The latest animated film by Fine Arts Alum Chris Williams (BA '90) has been nominated for an Academy award in the Best Animated Feature category. The Netflix feature “The Sea Beast” is the story of legendary sea monster hunter whose life is turned upside down when a young girl stows away on his ship and befriends the most dangerous beast of them all.

  3. Jan. 5, 2023MFA alumni Ashley Guenette exhibits at Kennedy Gallery, North Bay
    Galley exhibit with large brightly coloured paintings and fabric sculptures on the floor.

    Ashley Guenette's (MFA '22) solo exhibition Put a finger down if you have been personally victimized by social media algorithms, is currently open at the Kennedy Gallery, North Bay. The exhibition runs from November 18, 2022 to January 20, 2023

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  1. Jan. 12 to Mar. 4, 2023Laura Magnusson's exhibition "I was Wearing Golden Clamshell Earrings" at UWAG
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    University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) presents the exhibition I was Wearing Golden Clamshell Earrings by artist Laura Magnusson. The exhibition will run from January 12-March 4.

  2. Feb. 1, 2023Life drawing session
    Poster for winter 2023 life drawing sessions with a figure drawn from the side and same text as on the webpage.

  3. Feb. 2 to 3, 2023UWAG presents Art Spin's Mobile Sweat
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    University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) presents Art Spin's Mobile Sweat on February 2 and 3 from 12-5 p.m. daily at East Campus Hall adjacent to UWAG entrance across from Parking Lot B.

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