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. Mar. 13, 2019Natalie Hunter receives teaching awardNatalie Hunter with her artwork

    Congratulations to Natalie Hunter (MFA 2013) for receiving the 2018 Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL).

    This award recognizes course instructors who exemplify a high standard of teaching in one or more of Waterloo's fully-online courses. 

  2. Mar. 4, 2019tree of life - Lois Andison's installation at the BMO Project Room, TorontoLois Andison, tree of life, 2019

    "In a darkened space, five tall white rectangular boxes float on the wall—modest counterparts to the marble-clad columns in the building’s lobby. A word that traces the stages of a human life is lit up near the top of each unit: beginning, becoming, believing, belonging, bequeathing. Glowing bands of light illuminate the words from behind.

  3. Feb. 26, 2019Nancy-Lou Patterson papers published in two new volumesNancy-Lou Patterson reviews and Detecting Wimsey

    Valleyhome Books has published two new volumes of papers by Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy-Lou Patterson on the subject of detective fiction and science fiction and fantasy. The volumes are part of a series co-edited by Emily E. Auger and Janet Brennan Croft.

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  1. Mar. 14 to Apr. 6, 20192019 Fine Arts 4th year undergraduate exhibition2019 4th year exhibition - Caesura//

    The Fine Arts Department and the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) present the 45th Senior Undergraduate Exhibition, Caesura//.

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

  3. Apr. 4, 2019Life drawing sessionPoster for winter 2019 life drawing sessions

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