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. 16, 2017Tara Cooper presents on S.A.I.L (Student Art Innovation Lab) at the Amplify Culture SummitSAIL airstream

    Faculty member Tara Cooper will giving a short presentation about S.A.I.L (Student Art Innovation Lab) as part of the Amplify Culture Summit on October 18.

    S.A.I.L. a summer arts outreach program, runs out of an Airstream trailer owned by the Fine Arts Department and is staffed by students from the University of Waterloo. This past summer marked the inaugural kick-off.

  2. Sep. 26, 2017Amara Pope speaks at TEDxKitchenerEDTEDxKitchenerED

    Fine Arts alumna Amara Pope (BA 2015) will be a speaker at TEDxKitchenerED on September 28, 2017 at Centre in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario.  (Amara is the second speaker in the 7:10pm to 8:30pm EST time slot.)

  3. Sep. 25, 2017Lois Andison exhibition at Art MûrLois Andison exhibition

    move forward, look back

    Lois Andison's exhibition move forward, look back runs from September 9 – October 28, 2017 at Art Mûr, Montreal.

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  1. Oct. 24, 2017Curator's talk by Shannon AndersonCurator talk with Shannon Anderson

    The exhibition The Closer Together Things Are, currently in the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG), is co-curated by Shannon Anderson and Jay Wilson and featuring the work of artists Kat

  2. Oct. 26, 2017Life drawing sessionFall 2017 life drawing poster

  3. Nov. 2, 2017Life drawing sessionFall 2017 life drawing poster

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