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.

There’s an added value to an arts education, and that’s being able to make sense of a complex world in rapidly changing times."   — The Globe and Mail, 2013


Mar 2-7 — IdeaFest


March 2-7
Various venues
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UVic's annual focus on ideas that can change everything returns with over 50 workshops, exhibits, lectures and tours—including seven distinct Fine Arts presentations: New Approaches to Music Courses (March 2), Five Myths About Creativity (March 3), Inside JM's Diary (March 4), The Best Liar Wins (March 4) Computers & Art (March 6), and the art exhibits Light & Colour (March 2-7) and In Session - One (March 4-7).

Mar 4 — Visiting Artist Nigel Prince 

Visiting Artist Nigel Prince 

8pm Wednesday, March 4 
Visual Arts room 162
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The executive director of Vancouver's
Contemporary Art Gallery, Nigel Prince has launched many Canadian artists on the international scene via his work with Toronto’s Power Plant, Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery and the
Venice Biennale, among others.

Mar 5 — Sonic Lab 

Sonic Lab 

8pm Thursday, March 5 
Phillip T Young Recital Hall
By donation
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UVic’s contemporary music ensemble performs works by Gerald Barry, Anton Webern and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In cooperation with the New Music Festival of the Victoria Symphony dedicated to the work of Gerald Barry.

Mar 6 — UVic Orchestra: A Symphonic Ornithology 

UVic Orchestra: A Symphonic Ornithology 

8pm Friday, March 6
University Centre’s Farquhar Auditorium
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School of Music professor Ajtony Csaba conducts an evening of bird-related music, including Strauss’ Die Fledermaus: Ouverture, Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra, Dvořk The Wild Dove, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and more. 

Mar 8 & 15 — Craigdarroch Castle in Song

Craigdarroch Castle in Song 

7pm Sundays, March 8 & 15
Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Crescent
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The School of Music & VISI present a concert in celebration of the story of Craigdarroch Castle and Victoria's heritage. Featuring Voice and Piano students with music by Noel Coward, Richard Strauss, Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten and others. 

Mar 12-21 — Amadeus


March 12 - 21
Phoenix Theatre
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This multiple Tony Award-winning play chronicles the tumultuous rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his 18th-century contemporary, Antonio Salieri , who tried to destroy Mozart’s career—even while recognizing the genius of his music. 

Mar 13 — Faculty Concert Series: Guitarworks

Faculty Concert Series: Guitarworks 

8pm Friday, March 13
Phillip T Young Recital Hall
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School of Music professor Alexander Dunn is joined by  Douglas Hensley, Anne Grimm, Soile Stratkauskas, Ann Fraser and Martin Bonham in this concert of music by Handel, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Monteverdi.

Mar 14 — UVic Jazz Ensemble

UVic Jazz Ensemble

8pm Saturday, March 14
Phillip T Young Recital Hall
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Jazz Ensemble director Patrick Boyle presents an eclectic evening of contemporary works, including a rare performance of the Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky.

Mar 4 — Visiting Artist Melanie Authier

Visiting Artist Melanie Authier

8pm Wednesday, March 18
Visual Arts room 162
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Known for her lush, complex paintings, Melanie Authier’s works elegantly morph and layer various shapes, lines and textures to create a kind of deep visual space. As such, they bridge abstraction and representation to offer improbable environments which reveal new insights and pleasures upon sustained looking.

Mar 19 — Lee Henderson Reading

Lee Henderson Reading

7:30pm Thursday, March 19
Russell Books, 734 Fort

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Writing professor Lee Henderson reads from his latest novel, The Road Narrows As You Go. He will be joined by authors Alix Hawley,  Chelsea Rooney & Matt Rader for this rousing evening of diverse prose readings.  

Mar 20 — UVic Wind Symphony: Lights, Action, Student Spectacular

UVic Wind Symphony: Lights, Action, Student Spectacular 

8pm Friday, March 20
University Centre’s Farquhar Auditorium

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School of Music professor Gerald King conducts this eclectic concert featuring students and guest ensemble Brasstastics. Where else can you hear a symphony perform “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas”?

Mar 20-22 — Malahat Review: WordsThaw

Malahat Review: WordsThaw

March 20-22
Various venues

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The Malahat Review’s third annual spring symposium celebrating Canadian literature brings dozens of poets, novelists, short fiction writers, and journalists to campus for a weekend of readings, panel discussions, workshops, and socializing.

Exhibit & Shows

Until Mar 2— The Arts of World War I 

The Arts of World War I 

Until March 2, 2105
Legacy Maltwood, Mearns Centre-McPherson Library
More info here

This cross-cultural exhibition marks the centenary of the commencement of WWI by focussing on the visual and material culture of the war—from objects, art & books to notable examples of "trench art", all of which have been drawn from the Legacy Art Galleries, the McPherson Library (Special Collections and Archives), and private local collections. Curated by Art History & Visual Studies professor Marcus Milwright.

Feb 6 - March 14 — Mike McLean: Latent Image (Part One)

Mike McLean: Latent Image (Part One)

Feb 6 – March 14
Deluge Contemporary Art, 636 Yates
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Visual Arts MFA alum Mike McLean focuses on techniques created for reproducing the first photographic images with the 19th-century Kodak 1 camera. By allowing for fluid investigations of the medium itself, McLean reignites interest in the way photographs are made and perceived in our media-saturated society.

Until Mar 28 — Exhibit: In Session—One

Exhibit: In Session—One

Jan 17 – March 28
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, 630 Yates Street
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The first of an ongoing series featuring artists who work as Sessional Instructors in UVic’s Visual Arts department, this first exhibition looks at the recent practice of four artists who work with photography, video, and digital media arts. In Session—One celebrates the significance and power of artists Megan Dickie, Laura Dutton, d. bradley muir and Tara Nicholson. Curated by UVic Art Collection director Mary Jo Hughes.

Until April 12— Robert Youds: For Everyone A Sunset

Robert Youds
For Everyone A Sunset

Continues to April 12
Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite, 1100 West Georgia (between Thurlow & Bute)
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"Visual Arts professor Robert Youds' enigmatic light sculpture For Everyone a Sunset transforms ordinary materials such as aluminum, salvaged glass and neon lighting into cinematic plays of light that activate its surroundings. For Everyone a Sunset exists between architecture and design, uniformity and variety, highlighting the intersection of built and natural environments. Shifting tonality as it moves through laminate coloured glass, the light in Youds' work captures our gaze and holds it suspended, suggesting a plenitude of possibilities amidst the regularity of the urban grid."—Vancouver Art Gallery

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Fine Arts offers the following courses as elective to students in all faculties.

Art History & Visual Studies

Fine Arts

  • All Fine Art courses (FA) are available except FA 305 and FA 356, which are open to Fine Art students only.


MUS 111 Elementary Materials of Music 
MUS 108 African Hand Drumming
MUS 109 Great Film Music
MUS 115 Listening to Music
MUS 188 Philomela Women's Choir 
MUS 207 Music, Science, and Computers 
MUS 208 Popular Music & Society
MUS 209 Topics in Applied Music 
MUS 288 Philomela 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 325 The History of Jazz
MUS 328A  Keyboard Literature: 1500 ‚Äì 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 388 Philomela Women's Choir 
MUS 391 Cross Cultural & Historical Topics in Music
MUS 488 Philomela 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.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 Theatre (permission of Theatre)
THEA 312 Introduction to the History of Japanese Theatre
THEA 328 The Theatre of Indonesia 
THEA 362 Costume History and Design: I
THEA 363 Costume History and Design: II
THEA 412 Modern Japanese Theatre
THEA 414 Studies in Canadian Theatre and Drama

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 Studies in Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical Theatre
THEA 317 Studies in 19th Century Theatre
THEA 318 Studies in 20th Century Theatre
THEA 319 Studies in Renaissance Theatre
THEA 410 Seminar in Theatre History: III
THEA 411 Seminar in Theatre History: IV


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


ART 103 Foundation Drawing and Painting
WRIT 100 Introduction to Writing
WRIT 102 Introduction to Professional Nonfiction
WRIT 109 The Writer's World in Books & Film 
WRIT 300 Narrative and Mythic Structure in Film Writing
WRIT 302 Special, Study in Craft 
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 329 Twentieth-Century Film Writing
WRIT 321 Issues in Journalism
WRIT 326 Digital Media for Storytellers
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 440 The Writing Business


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