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. Sep. 11, 2018Call for volunteersLogo for Univesity Art Association of Canada
    Fine Arts is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help with hosting the Universities of Art Association Canada (UAAC/AAUC) conference in East Campus Hall from Thursday October 25 -  Sunday October 28, 2018
    This major arts event consisting of talks, panels, keynote performances by Lori Blondeau and Louise Lilliefeldt, and more.
  2. Sep. 10, 2018Fine Arts alumna Gloria Kagawa 35 year retrospective exhibitionGloria Kagawa's artwork
    Fine Arts alumna Gloria Kagawa (BA 1982) has a retrospective exhibition at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto until October 24, 2018.  The exhibition, Gate: ink and paint, is an overview of her 35-year career and encompasses painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking.
  3. Aug. 28, 2018Sarah Moreau (BA 2018) is a Resident Artist at the Mississauge Living Arts Centre.Artwork by Sarah Moreau

    Sarah Moreau (BA 2018) is a Resident Artist at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga for the 2018-19 season. You can follow Sarah on her Instagram, @sarahmoreauu, to keep up to date on her daily progress.

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  1. Sep. 21, 20182018 Shantz International Research Scholarship presentationsPoster for 2018 Shantz presentations

    UW Fine Arts invites you to our annual Shantz International Research Scholarship presentations. Each year, five Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students spend six weeks of their third term studying abroad with professional artists, and the Shantz scholarships make it possible.

  2. Sep. 27, 2018Life drawing sessionPoster for fall 2018 life drawing sessions

  3. Oct. 4, 2018Artist presentation by Tony McAulayTony McAulay drawing

    Tony McAulay was born and raised in England. He studied art at college in the late sixties and early seventies and his influences then were Minimalism and Constructivism. In the late seventies and early eighties he developed interests in video and audio.

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