Welcome to Fine Arts

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


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.


The Department of Fine Arts stands in support of our Black, Indigenous, POC, and LGBT+ students and supports the Faculty of Arts’ commitment to doing better.

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. Oct. 23, 2020Prof. Bojana Videkanic is featured in a spotlight profile
    Bojana Videkanic headshot

    Fine Arts Faculty Bojana Videkanic appears in the feature Professor Spotlight in the latest edition of the Arts Computing Newsletter. 

    Read the article to learn more about Bojana's background, current research projects and her view of acadmic institutions.

  2. Sep. 29, 2020Exhibition of new paintings by Doug Kirton
    Doug Kirton exhibition in Michael Gibson Gallery

    Doug Kirton's exhibition Recent Walks Alone at Michael Gibson Gallery features new paintings inspired by the landscape of Laurel Creek in Waterloo.

  3. Sep. 28, 2020Lumen at Home festival features work by current and past Fine Arts students
    Lumen at home logo

    The annual Lumen festival has adapted in 2020 to a new format "Lumen at Home"; a virtual festival where art, light and tech meet. Visit online to enjoy interactive art installations that celebrate the intersections of light, art and technology. 

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