Creative activity and research

Department of Theatre PhD Dennis Gupa reflects on using the tools of applied theatre to bring about social change, build a sense of community and grapple with the effects of global warming on the world’s oceans and island nations. His doctoral research amplifies their vivid stories of ecological knowledge and vital messages about climate change.

Knowledge and practice

UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts is an acknowledged leader in arts knowledge and creative practice. With creativity and culture recognized as one of UVic’s core research strengths, our five departments feature world-renowned, award-winning researchers and creative artists with unparalleled skills in knowledge creation and use, as well as fine and performing arts training.

You can learn more about the impact of our research and the range of our creative activity by visiting our Edge of Creativity research site

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Arts knowledge is integral to the Fine Arts at UVic. Our focus on dynamic learning — anchored by purpose-built facilities for our departments of Art History & Visual StudiesSchool of MusicTheatreVisual Arts and Writing — offers an extraordinary environment for artistic expression and the integration of research and education. Our creative activities resonate far and wide for faculty, students, guest artists and scholars.

Interested in furthering your research as a graduate student? Be sure to visit the appropriate department page for more information about our exciting range of MA, MFA, MMus, PhD programs


Fine Arts research and creative production has a demonstrated impact in areas of social responsibility, including aging and wellness, gender and identity, and applied theatre, among others. Our infrastructure includes a new digital fabrication labdigital audio lab, CFI-funded Hi-Def Story Incubator LaboratoryStudios for Integrated Media, and designation as Canada’s only All-Steinway School. We are responsive to student and industry demands, and actively seek out new opportunities for partnerships that enhance innovation, engage with community partners, mobilize knowledge in society, and support entrepreneurship.

Meet our researchers

Faces of UVic Research is a series of "elevator pitch" style videos showcasing the passion and commitment of UVic researchers. It's a great way to discover what our faculty are researching and discovering.

See more videos from the Faculty of Fine Arts playlist on YouTube.