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 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.
The Fine Arts Manager of Media and Studios, Adam Glover, is a recipient of the 2023 Arts Awards for Excellence in Service.
On Tuesday September 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm. the Arts Faculty is hosting an online Q&A event with Fine Arts Alum (BA ’91) and Academy Award winner Chris Williams
Recently people who frequent the halls of Engineering 6 may have noticed many unique art pieces on display. These works elicit a variety of reactions.
Any artwork or personal property remaining in Fine Arts classrooms, studios, labs, hallways, lockers or storage areas at 8:00 AM on Trash Day will go to garbage.