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.

Find out more

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, Cora Cluett. The Fine Arts undergraduate office is in East Campus Hall room 1206.

For graduate inquiries contact our graduate chair, Tara Cooper

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. 17, 2022Congratulations to Graduate student Stephanie Florence
    Two views of a large ring-shaped plywood sculpture, similar to a waterwheel.

    Current Graduate student Stephanie Florence has been awarded a Region of Waterloo Arts Award for the costruction and exhibition (in multiple locations throughout the region) of Cyclical Impacts, an

  2. Jan. 14, 2022Fine Arts student Abby Oni curates an exhibition at the Propeller Art Gallery
    BEING+ exhibition logo with white text on black background

    Abby Oni (currently majoring in Visual Culture with a minor in Studio Practice, focusing on performance art) has curated the exhibition BEING+, opening online January 15 at the Propeller Art Gallery.

  3. Nov. 29, 2021Remembering Linda Carson, 1960-2021
    Linda Carson, black and white portrait

    It is with deep sadness and respect that the Department of Fine Arts honours the life of our friend and colleague, Dr. Linda Carson, who passed away on Wednesday, November 24.

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