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


Oct 29 – Visiting Artist: Jeanne Randolph

Visiting Artist: Jeanne Randolph

8pm Wednesday, October 29
Room A162, Visual Arts building

A practicing psychoanalyst, engaging lecturer and performance artist, Jeanne Randolph is also one of Canada's foremost cultural theorists. Her pivotal essay "The Amenable Object" remains required reading in many university art courses.

Oct 30 – Cultures of the First World War

Cultures of the First World War

“The First World War in Film”
with Mitch Parry, Art History & Visual Studies
4:30-6pm, Thursday Oct 30
Room C118, David Strong Building

This lecture series organized by the Department of Art History and Visual Studies will happen each Thursday in October, with different speakers reflecting upon dimensions of the arts, intellectual activities, and political life in countries involved in the Great War.

Oct 31 – UVic Orchestra: "500 Miles"

UVic Orchestra: "500 Miles"

8 to 10pm Friday, October 31
Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre
Tickets $5-$15

Ajtony Csaba conducts the Uvic Orchestra in this program featuring cellist Ella Hopwood, winner of the UVic Concerto Competition. The concert will include works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns & Brahms.

Nov 1 – Faculty Chamber Music Series 

Faculty Chamber Music Series 

8pm Saturday, November 1
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building
Tickets $14-$18
More info here

Our School of Music faculty performers come together in a concert for winds, voice, piano, harpsichord and strings. Performing works by Schumann, Bach, Ginastera, and others.

Nov 2 – Gaslight


Until Sunday November 2
Roxy Theatre, 2657 Quadra 
Details here

"Psycho-horror angle gives Gaslight lasting edge," says the Times Colonist about the current thriller directed by Department of Theatre professor Brian Richmond—on now at his Blue Bridge Theatre company. 

Nov 2 – UVic Choirs 

UVic Choirs 

2:30pm Sunday, November 2
St. Mary Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay
Tickets $8-$15
More info here

Enjoy a joint concert featuring the UVic Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Philomela Women's Choir. Tickets available at the door or by reservation at

Nov 6-22 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

UVic's Phoenix Theatre 
November 6 to 22
Details here

Theatre professor Fran Gebhard re-imagines Shakespeare's much-loved comedy in 1970s New York City, where shifting subcultures provide the setting for romantic mayhem!

Nov 5 – International Education Week

International Education Week

12:30-1:30pm Wednesday, November 5
Roger Bishop Theatre

All are welcome to this panel discussion about the current Department of Theatre student exchange with Bangkok University.

Nov 6-8 – Victoria Writers Festival

Victoria Writers Festival

November 6 to 8
Oak Bay United Church, 1355 Mitchell
Tickets $10 to $55
Details here

This annual celebration of writers & writing features Department of Writing faculty Bill Gaston, Joan MacLeod and Lee Henderson, plus alumni Garth Martens, Aislinn Hunter, Arleen Pare, Aaron Shephard, and many others.

Nov 7 – Lafayette String Quartet

Lafayette String Quartet

8pm Friday, November 7
Phillip T Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building
Tickets $25
Details here

UVic’s esteemed quartet-in-residence performs string quartets by Haydn, Shostakovich and Ravel.

Nov 7 – The Arts of World War I

The Arts of World War I

November 7 to March 2, 2105
Legacy Maltwood, Mearns Centre-McPherson Library
More info here

To mark the centenary of the commencement of World War I, this cross-cultural exhibition focuses on the visual and material culture of the war. Curated by Art History & Visual Studies professor Marcus Milwright.

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

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  • 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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