Welcome to Fine Arts

The University of Waterloo Fine Arts studios, computer lab, tool crib, woodshop and gallery are closed until further notice.

The University of Waterloo is suspending on-campus courses. Course activity for the Winter 2020 term is now entirely online.  Please check LEARN for course updates. In-person course activity is cancelled, including in-person final exams.  

Fully online courses (FINE 130) will continue.

Courses for the Spring term (beginning May 11, 2020) will also take place online. In-person course activity will not be offered.


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. Mar. 17, 2020interlude. exhibition catalogue
    interlude catalgue cover

    In light of the disappointing cancellation of the 4th Year Undergraduate Exhibition, the Fine Arts department and the 4th year class would like to share the catalogue that was created to accompany the exhibition.

    The interlude. catalogue may be viewed online or downloaded.

  2. Mar. 16, 2020Fine Arts event cancellations

    Due to  concerns surrounding COVID-19, and following the directives given by the University of Waterloo, the Department of Fine Arts has cancelled all events that are not vital to our academic mission for the duration of the Winter 2020 term.

    The cancellations include:

    • Fine Arts Awards Day 
    • 2020 Fine Arts 4th Year Undergraduate Exhibition
    • Upcoming Life Drawing Sessions

    We take the well-being of our students, staff and faculty seriously and will do our part to help stabilize the situation in our community.

  3. Mar. 16, 20202020 Fine Arts 4th Year Undergraduate Exhibition cancellation
    interlude exhibition logo

    The University of Waterloo Art Gallery, working in conjunction with the Department of Fine Arts, is sad to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's senior undergraduate exhibition which was scheduled to open this week. 

    In considering public health and University of Waterloo directives to limit the spread of COVID-19 we felt it was necessary to make this difficult decision.

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  1. Apr. 15, 2020Trash Day
    Trash day

    Trash Day is cancelled.  We will not be disposing of any personal property or art work.  Everything will be kept safe while the building is closed. We well be in touch regarding how to retrieve your personal effects as soon as it is safe to do so.

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