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


Jan 27 — Adaskin Lectures: Kim Collier

Kim Collier

Adaskin Lectures

12:30pm Tuesday, Jan 27
Fine Arts room 103

Winner of the prestigious $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for directing in 2010 and co-Artistic Director of Vancouver’s acclaimed Electric Company Theatre, writer/director/actor Kim Collier’s guest lectue “In Media Res: Creating Meaningful Theatre in a Digital Culture” will focus on making a career in theatre, the importance of collaboration, the birth of new ideas, how to adapt to new technologies & hybrid forms, and the responsibility an artist has to contribute something of meaning to the world.

Jan 28 — Visiting Artist: Michel de Broin

Michel de Broin

Visiting Artist

8-10pm Wednesday, Jan 28
Visual Arts room A162
Details here

2007 Sobey Art Award winner Michel de Broin’s work ranges from sculptural assemblage to video and photography. A mid-career survey of his work was recently mounted by the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montréal last year, and De Broin has held solo & group exhibitions in Berlin, Esslingen, Basel, Nice, France, New York and Winnipeg. He has also created numerous public art works and commissions over the last decade which can be seen across North America.

Jan 29 — Alumni Concert Series: Emily Carr String Quartet

Alumni Concert Series: Emily Carr String Quartet

8-10pm Thursday, Jan 29
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
Tickets $14-$18 through the UVic Ticket Centre (250-721-8480)
Details here

One of BC's finest music ensembles, the Emily Carr String Quartet, performs George Crumb's Black Angels, Warblework by Cassandra Miller (B.Mus '05), Tenebrae by Osvaldo Golijov, and Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No.7, Op. 108.
With Müge Büyükçelen and Cory Balzer (violins), violist Mieka Michaux (B.Mus ’98) and cellist Alasdair Money (M.Mus ’03).

Jan 30 — University of Victoria Orchestra: Dancy Academics

University of Victoria Orchestra: Dancy Academics

8pm Friday, Jan 30
Farquhar Auditorium
Tickets $5 to $15
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Join UVic Concerto Competition winner Keenan Mittag-Degala on marimba and conductor
Ajtony Csaba as they perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D,
Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings,
Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia,
and Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Ouverture.

Jan 31 — Burnt at the Stake: UVic Medieval Workshop

Burnt at the Stake: UVic Medieval Workshop

9am – 4:30pm Saturday, Jan 31
UVic’s Bob Wright Centre
Tickets $55
Details here

To people living in medieval and early modern times in Europe, burning at the stake was more than an execution: presented as a Biblical punishment, the ritual was intended to construct and instruct the community. From heretics to witches, philosophers to scientists, the victims of the pyres changed with times and places, but the purpose was always the same: the flames would destroy not only their bodies, but also their names and memories. Featuring sessions by Art History & Visual Studies professors Marcus Milwright (Blue Turbans and Iron Cages: Elite Punishments in Medieval Islam) and Catherine Harding (Botticelli, Savonarola and the Bonfire of the Vanities).

Exhibit & Shows

Until Jan 24 — Vikky Alexander: The Temptation of St Anthony 

Vikky Alexander: The Temptation of St Anthony 

Nov 28 to Jan 24
The Apartment Gallery, 119B East Pender, Vancouver 
Details here

If you're in Vancouver soon, be sure to check out this exhibition of pivotal historic 1980s work by photographer and Visual Arts professor Vikky Alexander. Appropriated from fashion photography, reshot and arranged as near religious diptychs and triptychs, the works in The Temptation of St Anthony are classic postmodern takes on objectification and temptation.

Opens Jan 30 — Vikky Alexander: The Troublesome Window

Vikky Alexander
The Troublesome Window

Opens January 30
TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Details here

Vikky Alexander’s most recent suite of photographs, The Troublesome Window, opens in Calgary as part of the Exposure Photography Festival 2015, in conjunction with the touring Oh, Canada MASS MoCA exhibit opening at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum. With The Troublesome Window, Alexander focuses on the seductive mechanisms of display used in shop windows in Paris, Istanbul and Tokyo. Consumption and seduction have been a consistent theme for her since the early ’80s, and this show will establish the depth of her visual investigation by combining several series of works from different periods.

Until Feb 21 — Exhibit: Realities Follies

Exhibit: Realities Follies

Jan 9 – Feb 21
Open Space, 510 Fort Street
Details here

Curators Lynda Gammon of the Visual Arts department and Wendy Welch (Vancouver Island School of Art) offer this survey of the work of five Victoria based painters and Visual Arts alumni—Jeremy Herndl, Todd Lambeth, Rick Leong, Neil McClelland, and Jeroen Witvliet. “Through the practice of painting, the artists in this exhibition, each in their own way, are re-presenting and interrogating the meaning of representation, and in turn, questioning our ways of perceiving reality.”
Panel discussion at 2pm Saturday, Jan 17

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.

Until Mar 28 — Exhibit: In Session—One

Exhibit: In Session—One

Jan 17 – March 28
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, 630 Yates Street
Details here

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)
Details here

"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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