The faculty, students, and resources of this department are primarily focused in
with a smaller proportion of each devoted to Art History and Visual Culture
and Film Studies and Visual Culture.
The Fine Arts Department offers general, four-year general, and honours undergraduate BA degrees in Studio Art, Art History and Visual Culture and
Film Studies and Visual Culture, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts program in Studio Art.
More information on the course offerings and degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar:
The University of Waterloo is well-known for its leadership in offering experiential learning options. Professional practice is embedded in the Fine Arts undergraduate program: students acquire the skills to professionally document and write about their art; we have a vibrant visiting artists program; there are course options in the curatorial field and placements in local galleries and other arts initiatives; we host several workshops; and we regularly offer study abroad opportunities. Furthermore, Fine Arts students can choose to combine their Fine Arts major with Arts and Business which can incorporate co-op work term placements. This emphasis on the practical continues into the graduate program in the Keith and Win Shantz summer internship program which provides the opportunity to learn about the "business" aspects of working as an artist.
The Department of Fine Arts offers a wide range of scholarships and awards for those who decide to pursue a continued education
in fine arts. Winners of these scholarships and awards are announced at our annual Awards Day ceremony to be held at the end of
View the current listing of the scholarships and awards.
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