Benjamin Butterfield teaching

Finding your voice

Opera singer and Music professor Benjamin Butterfield teaches a masterclass in voice.

School of Music website
Maureen Bradley leading a screenwriting workshop

Screenwriting workshop

Screenwriting students get hands-on with filmmaker and Writing professor Maureen Bradley.

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Rande Cook with students

Raising awareness

Visiting artist Rande Cook shows students his current project dedicated to the murdered and missing indigenous women.

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An architecture class with Franc D'Ambrosio

Designing the city

Architect Franc D'Ambrosio takes Art History & Visual Studies students on a waterfront walking tour.

Art History and Visual Studies website
A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Acting your dreams

Phoenix Theatre students put a hippie spin on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

More about the play

A thriving industry

Did you know Canada’s cultural sector employs over 700,000 people annually? That’s more than the automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors combined. Invest in your future with Fine Arts. 

Our alumni

Building your future

Did you know culture has a $61 billion impact on the Canadian economy? That’s 10 times larger than sports. Join our creative community and build your future in Canada’s vibrant cultural sector.

Careers & Co-op

We prepare you for art, and life

Whatever your creative path, the Faculty of Fine Arts will prepare you for life and leadership in the 21st century. Since 1969, we have offered innovative programs that have earned national recognition, helping to build the reputation of both UVic as a leading Canadian arts institution and Victoria as an arts destination. 

Our focus on dynamic, hands-on learning — anchored by purpose-built facilities for our departments of Art History & Visual StudiesTheatreVisual Arts, Writing and the School of Music — offers an extraordinary environment for artistic expression and the integration of research and education.

In a world where narratives and images are as powerful as money and guns, a successful society does not import every single cultural good that it consumes ... a creative society is one that creates things.
Globe and Mail 2016

As our society becomes increasingly rooted in visual culture, we hear more all the time about the power of narrative and the importance of visual understanding. The Faculty of Fine Arts is ideally suited to provide the tools, understanding and critical thinking so essential to our tap-and-swipe world.

Territory and acknowledgements

We acknowledge and respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands, and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We are grateful to be on this land and are committed to UVic’s ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community — both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to read more about Indigeneity and Fine Arts.

A creative community


As BC’s only stand-alone fine arts faculty, you’ll be part of a unique and exciting creative community on the edge of discovery.

Learn and practice alongside world-renowned, award-winning artists, scholars, researchers and emerging talents ... just like you.


Our alumni


Our diverse and talented alumni are acknowledged leaders in the Canadian cultural sector.

Some — like Giller Prize winning author Esi Edugyan, One Man Star Wars creator Charles Ross and pianist Eve Egoyan — have even achieved international success.

Spotlight on alumni

Have an impact


According to a 2016 study, the Canadian cultural sector employs over 700,000 people nation-wide. 

Culture is also reported to have a remarkable $61.7 billion impact on Canada's national economy — that's over 10 times larger than the impact of  sports ($6.1 billion).

Co-op and careers