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.

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. Oct. 18, 2018Remembering Nancy-Lou Patterson 1929-2018Nancy-Lou Patterson

    Nancy-Lou Patterson, founder of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, has died. It has been a while since she was able to visit, but this Department literally wouldn’t be here without her initiative, imagination, leadership, and service. I hope many others will share their stories of her life, but here is a small celebration of her teaching.

  2. Oct. 4, 2018Eryn O'Neill (MFA 2018) receives Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist AwardEryn O'Neill receives award

    Recent MFA graduate Eryn O'Neill received the Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award at the Orillia Museum's Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition.

  3. Sep. 29, 2018Remembering Serena Lawrence (BA 2012)Serena Lawrence

    It is with great sadness that we announce that Serena Lawrence (BA Fine Arts Honours 2012) passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Serena was an exemplary student, a lovely person and a talented artist, but most importantly she was very brave as she battled pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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