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. Nov. 30, 2017Works by Jessica Thompson and Soheila K. Esfahani are showing at the Art Gallery of Windsor.Jessica Thompson, Should we stay or should we go?, 2017. Vinyl. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Frank Piccolo.

    The Art Gallery of Windsor's exhibition Downtown/s – Urban Renewals Today for Tomorrow: The 2017 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art, explores the changing cultural landscape of post-industrial urbanism in cities like Windsor, Hamilton and Detroit.

    Included in this exhibiton is work by Fine Arts faculty member Jessica Thompson and Fine Arts Alumna Soheila K. Esfahani (BA 2003).

  2. Nov. 6, 2017Professor Cora Cluett's artwork in photography exhibition

    Cora Cluett's photography will be part of the group exhibition Perfect Brightness: Discovery and Escape in Contemporary Photography at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

  3. Nov. 6, 2017Alumna Marianne Burlew exhibits at the Idea Exchange.Marianne Burlew's installation

    Marianne Burlew (MFA 2016) presents her work in the exhibit Twinning at the Idea Exchange in Cambridge. 

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  1. Dec. 13, 2017Trash DayTrash day

    Any personal property not picked up by 8:30 AM on December 13, 2017 will be THROWN IN THE GARBAGE.

    If you wish to keep your stuff (artwork, personal belongings and raw materials) you must pick up it all up before Trash day! Anything left in the: studios, lockers, hallways, cubbies, alcoves and closets will be thrown out on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

  2. Dec. 14, 2017Life drawing sessionFall 2017 life drawing poster

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