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. July 20, 2017Artwork by recent graduate Heejung Yi accepted at Nuit Blanch WinnipegArtwork by Heejung Yi.

    Artwork by recent graduate Heejung Yi has been accepted for Illuminate the Night at Nuit Blanch Winnipeg 2017. 

    She will receive an honorarium of $2,000.

  2. July 11, 2017Fine Arts students in the 2017 Fresh Paint / New Construction exhibition in Art Mûr.Thumbnails of students' art at Art Mur

    The annual Fresh Paint / New Construction exhibition showcases the best in painting and sculpture from Canadian university students.  This year forty-four emerging artists were selected from twelve institutions including: the Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Regina, University of Manitoba, University of Wat

  3. July 10, 2017Natalie Hunter's "Pieces of Light" public art piece.Artwork by Natalie Hunter for Bridgeport Community Centre

    Natalie Hunter (MFA 2013) was awarded a commission from the City of Kitchener to create a public art piece.

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