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 30, 2018Fine Arts students in the 2018 Fresh Paint / New Construction exhibition in Art Mûr.Thumbnails of students' art at Art Mur 2018

    The annual Fresh Paint / New Construction exhibition highlights the best in painting and sculpture from Canadian university students.  This year emerging artists were selected from the Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, University of Waterloo, York University, OCAD University, University of Ottawa, Concordia University, Université du Québec à

  2. July 5, 2018Jessica Lincoln (MFA 2017) has a show at the Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener Rotunda posting for Jess Lincoln show

    Fine Arts alumna Jessica Lincoln (MFA 2017) has a solo show, The Procession, at the Rotunda Gallery at Kitchener City Hall.  The exhibition runs until July 31, 2018.

    This will be followed by an exhibition by fellow alumna Jessica Massard (MFA 2013) titled One Fell Swoop.

  3. June 28, 2018Solo exhibition by Caroline Larsen (BA 2004) in Chicago.Caroline Larsen painting titled Brush Fire, oil on canvas, 43

    Fine Arts Alumna Caroline Larsen (BA 2004) has a new solo exhibition at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago. Caroline's floral compositions are created by filling piping bags with paint and squeezing it onto the canvas.

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