Welcome to Fine Arts

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

Our plans for Fall 2021.


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. May 20, 2021Summer jobs for students in local Arts organizations

    CAKFA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area) and Mindful Makers have positions available for students for summer 2021. 

  2. May 19, 2021Cora Cluett's work is part of the Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art
    View of art gallery installation, wall label reads Conversations Windsor Essex Triennial of 2021 Contemporary Art

    The work of Fine Arts faculty member Cora Cluett is part of the Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art for the Art Gallery of Windsor.  The exhibition will run until at least October, depending on government restrictions.

  3. May 10, 20212021 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition 2
    MFA Thesis 2, Jordan Black artwork at www.uwag.uwaterloo.ca

    The Department of Fine Arts and UWAG (University of Waterloo Art Gallery) present the secono thesis exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates from the graduate program in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. MFA Thesis gives 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.

    The exhibition features video installations and text presented at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, and works developed on-site in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.

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