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. May 21, 2019Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery curatorial internshipCanadian Clay and Glass Gallery logo

    The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is offering a paid internship for a student in curatorial practice.

    This internship is part of the Summer Experience Program supported by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

  2. May 1, 2019Meg Harder (BA 2013) exhibits at the Grebel Gallery. Meg Harder exhibition titled New Fraktur

    Fine Arts Alumna Meg Harder's exhibition, New Fraktur, can be seen at the Grebel Gallery May 6 to October 25, 2019. 

  3. Apr. 29, 2019Congratulations to Eryn O'Neill (MFA 2018) for recieving a Greenshields grant.Eryn O'Neill in front of her painting Restrictions to Routine

    Fine Arts Alumna Eryn O'Neill has been awarded a 2019 grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation to support her in her studio practice.  The Foundation provides grants to emerging artists from all around the world who are working in a representational style.  

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  1. Apr. 26 to June 15, 20192019 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition - Off siteArtwork by Jordyn Stewart

    Opening reception: Friday April 26, 7:00 pm

    Thesis exhibition by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate Jordyn Stewart, from the graduate program in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, is at the Cambridge Galleries, Idea Exchange. MFA Thesis gives the campus and community-at-large an opportunity to see the end result of two years of intensive research and studio production by emerging visual artists.

  2. May 23 to 30, 2019Work In Progress - performative walks on campus

    How public is this place?

  3. May 30, 2019Life drawing sessionLife drawing poster for spring summer 2019

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