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: History in Art, 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


Opens Apr 17 — Art exhibit: Windows Into Heaven

Windows Into Heaven

April 17 to August 9
Legacy Gallery, 630 Yates
9am-4pm Wed-Sat.

Windows Into Heaven: Religious Icons from the Permanent Collection showcases Orthodox Christian icons from the 18th and 19th centuries. Venerated in churches, private homes or during a journey to provide protection to body and spirit, these images date back to the Byzantine tradition. 

Apr 17-26 — Visual Arts BFA exhibit: SPLIT 

Annual BFA exhibit Split
Opens 7pm Thursday, April 17
Continues 10am-6pm daily to April 26
UVic’s Visual Arts building

With a wide variety of art created by more than 30 graduating BFAs—including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation and extended media works—Split not only offers a glimpse into the future of visual art but also shows the originality of vision that comes with being mentored by some of Canada’s top contemporary artists.

Until Apr 25 — Adasla: The Movement of Hands 

 Adasla: The Movement of Hands 

Exhibit runs to April 25 
Legacy Downtown, 630 Yates

The World's Biggest Button Blanket is the centerpiece of this exhibit which invites new conversations about indigenous button blanket makers and fabric artists, and the artistic traditions surrounding them. 

Until Apr 27 — Chris Lindsay art exhbit

 Chris Lindsay art exhibit: 
"I like the wind" 

Until April 27
Xchanges Gallery, 6E-2333 Government St. 
Open Sat & Sun 12 to 4pm
Xchanges Gallery

Recent Visual Arts MFA & current VA workshops technician Chris Lindsay’s exhibit I like the wind follows an exploration of the non-conventional mark-making possibilities of the rust process.

  • Lindsay will give an artist talk at 2pm  Sunday, April 27.

Opens May 1 — Art exhibit: Epiphany


Highlights from the Legacy Permanent Collection

May 1 to July 15, 2014
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
630 Yates Street

Highlights from the extensive permanent collection held by the UVic's Legacy Art Galleries are showcased in this exhibit by curator Mary Jo Hughes. Artists in the exhibition include, Robert Davidson, Emily Carr, Norval Morrisseau, Lawren Harris, Frederick Varley, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Myfannwy Pavelic, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jack Shadbolt, among others.
Image: Circus People, 1969 Maxwell Bates

May 2-10 — Visual Arts MFA Exhibition: In your Eyes

Annual MFA Exhibit In Your Eyes

Opens 6pm Friday, May 2
Continues to May 10
UVic’s Visual Arts building

Six separate exhibits by six emerging contemporary artists, In Your Eyes features work by graduating MFA students Megan Dyck, Ethan Lester, Neil McClelland, Kaitlynn McQueston, Carley Smith and Jeroen Witvliet. 

Take an elective

FA335 — It's About Time: Time Travel in Popular Culture


It's About Time: Time Travel in Popular Culture

H.G. Wells wrote his classic science-fiction novel The Time Machine nearly 120 years ago, yet the idea of time travel has never lost momentum. From Dr. Who to Marty McFly, from The Time Traveler’s Wife to Slaughterhouse Five, from Life on Mars to The Invisibles, there always seems to be a new wrinkle in time travel.

This survey course will examine representations of time travel in popular culture, including literature, film, television and comic books. An exciting and eclectic romp through time and space, It’s About Time! may just change the way you experience time itself.

Fine Arts electives


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

History in Art

All History in Art courses (HA) are available to all students.

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 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 217 Understanding Music in Concert
MUS 288 Philomela Women's Choir
MUS 308 Popular Music & Society II
MUS 309 Topics in Applied Music II
MUS 315 Topics in Music and the Cinema
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.


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 313 Seminar to Japanese Theatre and Drama: From 1500 to the Present Day
THEA 328  The Theatre of Indonesia
THEA 362 Costume History and Design: I (pre-requisite waived)
THEA 363 Costume History and Design: II (pre-requisite waived)
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 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 250 Modernism and Postmodernism
ART 261 Digital Photo-Arts
ART 262 Digital Media Arts
ART 271 Video Art
ART 272 Video Art


WRIT 100 Introduction to Writing
WRIT 102 Introduction to Professional Nonfiction
WRIT 109 The Writer's World in Books & Film
WRIT 200 Theory & Practice of Literary Creation
WRIT 230 Writing a Sense of Place
WRIT 231 A Study of Narrative
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 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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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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