Looking for a friendly, inclusive, supportive and creative community? Welcome to the Faculty of Fine Arts, where you’ll also develop essential skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, collaboration and communication, research and writing, and hands-on artistic production.
You’ll find all this and more in our five departments:
We also offer interdisciplinary courses ranging from film studies and the arts of Canada to technology and society.
Fine Arts students also have access to our Studios for Integrated Media, where the latest in arts technology is available to you. Our professional staff is here to help you learn and master software specifically designed for film and music editing, book and magazine creation, video production and photography, art historical imagery and much more.
Whatever your creative discipline, prepare to be engaged by peers and professors alike at UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts — a dynamic creative community where curiosity and exploration are the cornerstones of the learning environment.
An important part of being a Fine Arts student is getting involved beyond your classes. Each department offers its own student groups, who plan events, publications, exhibits and productions of all kinds. We encourge all first-year students to connect with these groups to meet new people and help grow the Fine Arts student community:
- Visual Arts Student Association (VASA)
- Art History Student Association (AHSA)
- Music Students Association (MSA)
- Student Music Educators Association (UVSMEA)
- Theatre Course Union (TCU)
- Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCo)
- Undergraduate Writing Union
- This Side of West (student literary magazine)
- The Warren (undergraduate review magazine)
- The Martlet (UVic’s student newspaper)
Fine Arts students excel in school and life because they put their creative skills to use in more than just course work.
Whether you’re pursuing an MA, MFA or MMus, our two-year graduate degree programs will allow you to bring your creative thoughts to life. Robust funding, small classes, a supportive academic and research environment, the development of critical technical skills, and the opportunity to teach are the hallmarks of our programs.
We also offer PhD programs in Art History & Visual Studies, Theatre and the School of Music.
Each department has different admission requirements, however, so it’s best to visit the appropriate department pages for specific information.
Diplomas & Certificates
If you’re looking to further develop your professional career, Fine Arts also offers a diploma in Cultural Resource Management, a professional specialization certificate in Collections Management, and a certificate in Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts. Be sure to visit our programs page to discover more about what we offer.
In Fine Arts, you will work alongside more than 150 instructors and professional staff — including internationally acclaimed artists, writers, musicians, scholars, actors, directors, designers and filmmakers – and have access to the Studios for Integrated Media (SIM) to support your creative work with state of the art technology.