Fine Arts Faculty

Critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, collaboration and communication, research and writing skills, success through critical evaluation . . . Fine Arts offers all this and more. Whatever your career path, UVic's Faculty of Fine Arts prepares you for life and leadership in the 21st century.

Enroll or take an elective in one of our departments: Art History and Visual Studies, School of Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Writing.

The arts, culture & heritage industry in Canada is larger than the accommodation & food services industry ($30.6 billion) and twice as big as the agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting industry ($23.9 billion)."      — 2014 CSA Study


Feb 5-14 —  Victoria Film Festival 

Victoria Film Festival 

Feb 5-14
Various dates, times & venues
Full info here

Plenty of Fine Arts talent on view at the annual VFF, including the debut feature The Devout by Connor Gaston (produced by Daniel Hogg & Amanda Verhagen), plus the short films Reset by Jeremy Lutter and No Breath Play by Stacey Ashworth, as well as a Cinevic Retrospective featuring seven films by alumni & faculty. 

Feb 5 — UVic Wind Symphony

UVic Wind Symphony

8pm Friday, Feb 5
University Centre Farquhar Auditorium
Tickets $5-$15 
Details here

The UVic Wind Symphony, conducted by Music professor Gerald King, is joined by the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy for Winds of Change. Repertoire will include Symphony No. IV: Bookmarks from Japan by Julie Giroux and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (Ravel/Lavender).

Feb 6 — Sandra Meigs exhibit

Sandra Meigs: What is the Mind of the Mystic  

Reception Feb 6
Winchester Gallery
More info pending here

Visual Arts professor Sandra Meigs presents an exhibit of small works, all studies for a new forthcoming panorama painting “The Pavilion for Mystics.” The imagery is derived from her previous work “All to All,” in which there were over 175 round painted forms. 

Feb 7 — Aventa Ensemble 

 Aventa Ensemble 

8pm Sunday, Feb 7
Phillip T Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building
Tickets $20 at the door
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Details here

The Aventa Ensemble, conducted by School of Music instructor Bill Linwood and featuring Mark McGregor (flute) and Corey Rae (percussion) will be performing music by Canadian and New Zealand composers.

Feb 11-20 Wild Honey

Wild Honey

Feb 11-20
Phoenix Theatre
Tickets $15 - $25
Show info here

Anton Chekhov’s first play, reimagined by Michael Frayn, is a comedy full of sensational love triangles. Declared “Brilliant!” by the London Guardian, Wild Honey swings between melodrama and farce and shakes them into one intoxicating cocktail. Directed by Theatre professor Peter McGuire.

Feb 15 & 16 – Open Word: Guy Vanderhaeghe & Sylvia Legris

Open Word: Guy Vanderhaeghe & Sylvia Legris

Legris: 1pm Monday, Feb 15 • Fine Arts room 203
Vanderhaeghe: 11am Tuesday, Feb 16 • Clearihue D131

7:30pm Tuesday, Feb 16 • Open Space, 510 Fort Street
All free
Details here

Griffin Poetry prize winner Sylvia Legris and three-time Governor General Award winner Guy Vanderhaeghe offer master classes, and a pair of readings, followed by a Q&A session.

Feb 17 — Visiting Artist Diana Freundl

Visiting Artist Diana Freundl

8pm Wednesday, Feb 17
Visual Arts room A162
More info here

The Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery since
2013, Freundl has curated a series of installations for Offsite, the Gallery’s public art project, including works by Shanghai-­based collective MadeIn Company and Mumbai-based Reena Saini Kallat.

Feb 18-21 — Emily Carr Symposium

Emily Carr Symposium
Feb 18-21
Various venues
Tickets $20-$35 for symposium only, other events extra
Full info here

Discover more about the life and works of Emily Carr at the symposium “Artist and Author, Lover of Nature”, featuring special guests, a film night, a colouring party, the day-long symposium and a walking tour.

Feb 19 — Faculty Concert Series: Bruce Vogt

Faculty Concert Series: Bruce Vogt
8pm Friday, Feb 19
Phillip T Young Recital Hall
Tickets $14-$18
Details here

Internationally celebrated pianist and School of Music professror Bruce Vogt performs the late sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Feb 25 — Faculty Concert Series: Suzanne Snizek & Harald Krebs

Faculty Concert Series: Suzanne Snizek & Harald Krebs
Noon, Thursday, Feb 25
Phillip T Young Recital Hall
By donation
More info here

School of Music professors guests Suzanne Snizek & Harald Krebs present “Beautiful Music by an Unknown Composer,” chamber music and vocal duets by Richard Rößler, with guests vocalists Sharon Krebs & Kathryn Whitney.

Feb 27 — Faculty Concert Series: LSQ & Arthur Rowe

Faculty Concert Series: LSQ & Arthur Rowe
8pm Saturday, Feb 27
Phillip T Young Recital Hall
Tickets $25
Details here

Lafayette String Quartet performs with pianist Arthur Rowe in a program including Fanfare by Murray Adaskin, Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 9, Op. 117, and Antonín Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

Feb 28 — Faculty Concert Series: May Ling Kwok

Faculty Concert Series: May Ling Kwok 
2:30pm Sunday, Feb 28
Phillip T Young Recital Hall
Tickets $14-$18
More here

Esteemed performer, recording artist and School of Music instructor May Ling Kwok performs works by Mozart and Schumann.

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Fine Arts

All Fine Art courses (FA) are available to all students.

Art History & Visual Studies


School of Music

MUS 108 African Hand Drumming
MUS 109 Great Film Music
MUS 111 Elementary Materials of Music 
MUS 115 Listening to Music
MUS 131 Introduction to Music Education
MUS 180C Don Wright Symphonic Winds
(no audition required, contact:
MUS 180E University Chorus
MUS 180G University Women’s Choir
MUS 189 Vikes Band
MUS 207 Music, Science, and Computers 
MUS 208 Popular Music & Society
MUS 209 Topics in Applied Music 
MUS 280C Don Wright Symphonic Winds
(no audition required, contact:
MUS 280E University Chorus
MUS 280G University Women’s Choir
MUS 308 Popular Music & Society II
MUS 309 Topics in Applied Music II
MUS 316A History of Rock & Roll
MUS 316B The Beatles
MUS 319 Music and Culture of Cuba
MUS 320 Topic in World Music
MUS 323 Great Conductors
MUS 325 The History of Jazz
MUS 328A  Keyboard Literature: 1500 ‚1820
MUS 328B Keyboard Literature 1820 to the Present
MUS 329 Women and Music
MUS 335 Singing for the Stage
MUS 365 History of the Guitar
MUS 380C Don Wright Symphonic Winds
(no audition required, contact:
MUS 380E University Chorus
MUS 380G University Women’s Choir
MUS 391

Cross Cultural & Historical Topics in Music

MUS 411 The Business of Music
MUS 480C Don Wright Symphonic Winds
MUS 480E University Chorus
MUS 480G University Women’s Choir

Other Music courses may be open to non-BMus students if they have the pre-
requisites (or equivalent background) AND if space is available. Please contact the School of Music.


THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre
THEA 102 Theatre Appreciation: From Page to Stage
THEA 122 The Acting Experience
THEA 111 Introduction to the History and Language of the Theatre:I (limited seats available contact the Theatre Department)
THEA 112 Introduction to the History and Language of the Theatre:II (limited seats available contact the Theatre Department)
THEA 132 Exploring Theatre Through Dramatic Process
THEA 150 Speech Communication: Public Speaking
THEA 210

Theatre from French Classicism to the End of the 19th Century
(permission of Theatre)

THEA 211 Modern and Contemporary Theatre from Ibsen to the Internet
(permission of Theatre)
THEA 312 Pre-modern Japanese Theatre
THEA 328 The Theatre of Indonesia 
(permission of Theatre)
THEA 362 Fashion and Body Modification: I
THEA 363 Fashion and Body Modification: II
THEA 412 Modern Japanese Theatre
THEA 414 Studies in Canadian Theatre and Drama
(permission of Theatre)

The following Theatre courses may be open to non-majors in Theatre if they have the pre-requisites (or equivalent background) AND if space is available. Please contact the Theatre Department.

THEA 309A History of Opera to the Late Nineteenth Century
THEA 309B  Modern Opera 
THEA 310 Seminar in Theatre History: I
THEA 311 Seminar in Theatre History: II
THEA 314 Studies in Theatre in the Ancient World
THEA 315 Studies in Medieval Theatre
THEA 316 The Theatre of Enlightenment
THEA 317 Studies in 19th Century Theatre
THEA 318 Studies in 20th Century Theatre
THEA 319 Studies in Renaissance Theatre
THEA 327 

Introduction to Physical Theatre Creation
(permission of Theatre)

THEA 333 History of Dance in Canada
THEA 337 History of the Broadway Musical
THEA 338 The Broadway Producer
THEA 410 Seminar in Theatre History: III
THEA 411 Seminar in Theatre History: IV

Visual Arts Department

Visual Arts
ART 103 Foundation Drawing and Painting
ART 104 Foundation Sculpture and Material Methods
ART 105 Foundation Photography and Video Art
ART 106 Foundation Core Media Technologies and Arts
ART 115 Exploring Drawing and Colour
ART 116 An Introduction to Documentary Photography
ART 117 An Introduction to Observational Drawing
ART 118 An Introduction to Colour
ART 141 An Introduction to Contemporary Art Photography
ART 150 Art Theory
ART 151 Introduction to Contemporary Visual Art
ART 201 Drawing
ART 202 Drawing
ART 211 Painting
ART 212 Painting
ART 221 Sculpture
ART 222 Sculpture
ART 241 Photography
ART 242 Photography
ART 261 Digital Photo-Arts
ART 262 Digital Media Arts
ART 271 Video Art
ART 272 Video Art

Writing Department

WRIT 100 Introduction to Writing
WRIT 102 Introduction to Professional Nonfiction
WRIT 109 The Writer's World in Books & Film 
WRIT 120 Writing for the Arts
WRIT 140 Elements of Style in Creative Writing
WRIT 300 Narrative and Mythic Structure in Film Writing
WRIT 302 Special, Study in Craft 
WRIT 306 Digital Publishing
WRIT 307 Basic Forms and Techniques in Poetry
WRIT 308 Advanced Forms and Techniques in Poetry
WRIT 309 Basic Forms and Techniques in Short Fiction
WRIT 310 Basic Forms and Techniques in the Novel
WRIT 311 Structure in Stage Drama
WRIT 312 Structure in Cinema and Television Drama
WRIT 313 Recurrent Themes in Literature
WRIT 314 Changing Perspectives in Literature
WRIT 321 Issues in Journalism
WRIT 322 Magazine Publishing
WRIT 326 Digital Media for Storytellers
WRIT 329 Twentieth Century Film Writing
WRIT 330 Media and Culture
WRIT 335 Basic Forms and Techniques in Creative Nonfiction
WRIT 336 Advanced Forms and Techniques in Creative Nonfiction
WRIT 410 Special, Genres Lecture 
WRIT 412 Recurrent Themes in Film
WRIT 420 Film Writing & Production Workshop
WRIT 440 The Writing Business

Majors can find their department courses listed below.

Complete course list    (enrollment restriction may apply)
Visual Arts (ART) Undergraduate | Graduate
Creative Writing (En'owkin Centre) (CW) Undergraduate
Fine Arts (FA) Undergraduate
Art History & Visual Studies (HA) Undergraduate | Graduate
Music (MUS) Undergraduate | Graduate
Theatre (THEA) Undergraduate | Graduate
Writing (WRIT) Undergraduate | Graduate

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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