Bringing Waterloo Arts to you

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Create the education you want in an atmosphere that is centred around you – the student!

"The spirited Faculty of Arts community here at Waterloo is a cherished one, full of creativity, a deep appreciation for knowledge and problem solving, and a shared objective of making this world a better place for all. Our students are the cornerstone of this community, taking on leadership roles and supporting one another through academic and social networks.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Arts community and helping you meet your educational and vocational goals." 

Sheila Ager, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Arts First

If you’re in Honours Arts, Honours Arts and Business, Global Business and Digital Arts, or the Social Development Studies program at Renison University College, you’ll complete Arts First courses in your first year.

Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, these classes will have you immersed in activities and exercises that require communication and problem solving. Imagine a classroom where you and your classmates work together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor – that’s how you’ll experience Arts First!

What’s in a Bachelor of Arts?

Learn what it means to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in the Faculty of Arts and what types of courses you’ll take to complete the degree as part of the two BA programs: Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business.

Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA)

Learn more about GBDA courses, the student experience, careers, and more. Plus, learn about the program from a current student’s perspective!

Resources to explore

Arts First program

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See how Arts First courses set you up for academic success.

Stress busters

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Got stress? Let us help you get back on track.

Course listings

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View current course offerings and get excited about all the possibilities.  

Get to know your Arts community

Connect with us on Instagram @uwaterlooarts to get a glimpse of life in the Faculty of Arts and DM us your questions! 

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