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


Sept 25 — Maria Tippett Book Launch

Book Launch: Dr Maria Tippett

7:30pm Friday, Sept 25
Fine Arts lobby

Noted cultural historian Dr. Maria Tippett launches Made in British Columbia: Eight Ways of Making Culture. Focusing on ground-breaking cultural producers Emily Carr, Bill Reid, Frances Rattenbury, Arthur Erickson, George Woodcock, Martin Grainger, Jean Couthard & George Ryga, Tippett examines how their work not only made an enduring mark on 20th century Canadian culture but is also intimately interwoven with B.C.’s identity. This reading & book signing will be hosted by Acting Dean of Fine Arts Susan Lewis.

Sept 26 — Gene Dowling Memorial

Gene Dowling Memorial

1pm Saturday, September 26
St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St
Details here

All are welcome to attend this public memorial for much-loved School of Music professor Eugene Dowling. An inspirational mentor to more than one generation of students, Gene taught with the School of Music for 39 years, but was equally known locally for his 35 years leading the annual Tuba Christmas ensemble, which raised thousands of dollars for local charities.

Until Sep 26 — Jackson 2Bears: For This Land

For This Land

Exhibit closes 5pm Friday, Sept 26
Audain Gallery, Visual Arts Building
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2014-15 Audain Professor of Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest and Visual Arts MFA alumnus Jackson 2Bears presents his 2015 Audain Exhibition. Working in collaboration with local spoken word artist and former City of Victoria Poet Laureate Janet Rogers, this multimedia installation is inspired by the works of Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson and Sioux philosopher Vine Deloria Jr. and offers an imaginative versioning and an aesthetic interpretation of the dialogues they had with the Chiefswood estate on the Six Nations Indian Reserve.

Oct 1 — Lafayette Health Forum

Lafayette Health Forum:
“The Power of Music on Emotion & Health”

7pm Thursday, October 1
UVic's David Lam Auditorium
Book free seats here:

Don’t miss the 10th annual Lafayette Health Forum, this year featuring guest speakers Lee Bartel, Johanne Brodeur & Brian Christie. Hosted by the Lafayette String Quartet..

Oct 6 & 7 — Open Word with Jordan Abel

Open Word with Jordan Abel

7:30pm Tuesday, Oct 6
Open Space, 510 Fort

1:30pm Wednesday, Oct 7
MacLaurin Building, D-Wing Room 283

Nisga’a poet and writer Jordan Abel will read fromhis new poetry collection Un/inhabited. His reading at Open Space features a live interview with Writing instructor Marita Dachsel.

Oct 7 — Alumni Concert Series: duo526

 Alumni Concert Series: duo526

8pm Wednesday, Oct 7
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
Tickets $ 14-$18
Details here

Violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Futaba Niekawa are dedicated to creative thought and the art of listening through the performance of a vast repertoire from standard Classical to contemporary music.

Oct 8 — Book launch: Once They Were Hats

Book launch: Once They Were Hats

7pm Thursday, Oct 8
The Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas
Details here

Join Writing MFA & instructor Frances Backhouse for the release of her latest book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver.  Discover humanity’s 15,000-year relationship with the beaver, and find out what happened after we nearly wiped this essential animal off the map.

Until Oct 10: Multiples Toward a Past and Future

  Art Exhibit: 25: Multiples Toward a Past and Future

Opens 7 - 10 pm Friday, Sept 11
Deluge Contemporary, 636 Yates

Over the past quarter century, Deluge Contemporary Art—along with Antimatter
[Media Art]—has evolved into the leading light of Victoria's visual and media art community. To celebrate 25 years of artistic innovation, this fundraiser features the work of 25 acclaimed artists—including a large number of Visual Arts faculty & alumni. With the production assistance of the Faculty of Fine Arts, each artist will offer an exclusive edition of three large format multiples available to the public for advance online purchase at an exceptional price, as well as at the gala opening and exhibition. Exhibit & sale run to Oct 10.


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If you are looking to engage a current student or new graduate of UVic Fine Arts or Professional Writing in a casual employment or volunteer opportunity related to a field of their studies, please fill out the following form. All the information will be sent to our current pool of students interested in finding work outside of their courses.

It is up to you to evaluate the skills, abilities, and appropriateness of any respondents you may subsequently engage.

Fine Arts

Art History & Visual Studies

School of Music

Theatre Department

Writing Department

Visual Arts Department

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

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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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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