Explore the power of visual communication
In Fine Arts, you’ll hone your mastery of technique, develop a cohesive body of work, and learn the skills you’ll need as a professional artist. Whatever your interest, you’ll enjoy an intimate community and supportive professors.
Choose one of two majors
- Visual Culture: Got a bent for critique? Focus on the role that visuals play into culture and our society. This major is excellent preparation for a career as an art historian, educator, librarian, or gallery/museum administrator. You can even gain practical experience with a 36-hour internship at a local arts institution, or by choosing co-op with your degree.
- Studio Practice: Immerse yourself in hands-on creation. Choose from classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, media arts, and digital imaging. You can also choose a digital art specialization or one that will prepare you for a career in teaching.
- Pick from 80+ courses. With more than 80 Fine Arts courses available, you can explore the visual arts and tailor your degree to your interests and passions.
- Make lasting connections. Many studio classes are capped at 25 students, creating an environment where you can connect with your classmates and instructors.
Why study Fine Arts at Waterloo
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Practice or Visual Culture
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take two introductory Fine Arts courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing.
In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be courses in your major.
Learn more about courses you'll take for your Fine Arts degree.
Customize your degree
With either Fine Arts major, you can include additional areas of interest by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
Within the Studio Practice major, you can choose specializations in Digital Art or Teaching Preparation. With the Teaching Preparation specialization, you'll be eligible for the Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University in either the Junior/Intermediate or Intermediate/Senior divisions.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Graphic designer
- Web content management specialist
- Marketing coordinator
- Digital media project assistant
- Events & motivational programs student
- App design guru
- Communications coordinator
What can you do with a Fine Arts degree?
Graduates often pursue careers in creative fields such as marketing, design, and education. They commonly work in art galleries, banks, schools, media companies, and more.
- Designer & Technologist – Whiting Design
- Graphic Designer – Punch & Judy
- User Experience Designer – Green Brick Labs
- Junior Character Rigger – Big Jump Productions
- Brick Laser Apprentice – Kitchener Glass
- Instructor – Conestoga College
- Artist - C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact our Faculty of Arts recruitment team who can answer any questions you have.