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.

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. May 9, 2020Fine Arts Alumna writes about life in Italy during the lockdown
    Bologna, Italy

    The Faculty of Arts has published an article by Esmeralda da Conceicao (Fine Arts BA 1996) describing her experiences living in Bologna, Italy during the quarantine lockdown.  Esmeralda has been teaching there for several years and shares her perspective on finding balance while the coping with the changes. 

  2. May 7, 20202020 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition II
    Banner for 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition two

    The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis exhibitions give 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.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting cancellation of the physical thesis exhibitions of the MFA candidates, the Department of Fine Arts and University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) invite you to explore their exhibitions online.

  3. Apr. 24, 20202020 Fine Arts award winners
    UW Fine Arts logoEach year the Fine Arts Department recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of our students with the Annua

    Each year the Fine Arts Department recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of our students with the Annual Fine Arts Awards Day ceremony. Sadly, this year the ceremony could not take place.

    However, the department would still like to publicly recognize the 2019-2020 award winners. Below is a list of the awards and recipients. Congratulations and well done.

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