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. Feb. 5, 2019Open call for Draw to Perform residency programDraw to Perform residency

    The Draw to Perform (D2P) residency program for Drawing Performance practice is headed by Fine Arts alumnus Ram Samocha (MFA 2009).  The D2P Residency program, located in the heart of Brighton UK, is a unique opportunity for new and developing professional artists and art students to engage in the dynamic artistic discipline of drawing performance art.

  2. Jan. 17, 2019Natalie Hunter exhibition at Rodham Hall Art CentreNatalie Hunter artwork Songs of May (detail), 2018, giclée prints on transparent film

    Natalie Hunter's (MFA 2013 and Fine Arts sessional instructor) exhibition Staring into the sun runs from January 25 to April 28, 2019 at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines.  The opening reception is Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 pm.

  3. Jan. 15, 2019Brubey Hu is a finalists for this year’s UNTAPPED Emerging Artists CompetitionArtwork by Brubey Hu

    Fine Arts MFA student Brubey Hu is one of the finalists chosen from hundreds of applicants for this year’s UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition.  These finalists will each be given a free booth to showcase their work at this year’s Artist Proje

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  1. Feb. 21, 2019No life drawing session

    Due to Reading Week these is no life drawing session on February 21.

  2. Feb. 28, 2019Life drawing sessionPoster for winter 2019 life drawing sessions

  3. Mar. 7, 2019Life drawing sessionPoster for winter 2019 life drawing sessions

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