Know a high school student who’s thinking about a future in Fine Arts? Don’t miss Explore UVic on Saturday, February 1—your chance to find out more about our departments of Writing, Visual Arts, Theatre, Art History & Visual Studies and School of Music.

Whether you’re applying for September 2020 or just thinking ahead, Explore UVic is your chance to see what we’re all about.

Who should attend:

  • High school students in grades 10 & 11 starting to research universities
  • High school students in their graduating (grade 12) years
  • High school graduates ready to begin their post-secondary studies
  • Students transferring to UVic from other post-secondary institutions

The Fine Arts building, one of 4 buildings in our Fine Arts complex (photo: Leon Fei)

About Fine Arts

As BC’s only stand-alone Fine Arts faculty, UVic’s Fine Arts offers a dynamic community where curiosity, experimentation and exploration are the cornerstones of the learning environment—whatever your creative path.

Our focus on dynamic, hands-on learning—anchored by state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities for our departments—offers an extraordinary environment for artistic expression and the integration of research and education.

Come spend the day with us on Saturday, February 1!

Explore work by Visual Arts students

Event schedule

There’s a lot to do at Explore UVic, and you can pick and choose what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. Take in everything we have to offer, or focus on the activities that matter most to you! Check out our tentative activity schedule (PDF) to plan your day and make the most of your time.

Please note that activities, times and locations are subject to change.

Visit our desk in the University Centre to get your Explore UVic information package. We’ll help you plan your day and find your way around campus.

Go on a walking tour of our campus, led by a current UVic student. Tours start at the University Centre and are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Music student Josh Lovell belts out the Vikes Rally Song before a game (photo: Armando Tura)

ƒLearn more about UVic at one of three presentations held at the Engineering & Computer Science building:
  • Grade 12 applicants: for high school students and recent graduates applying for September 2020
  • ƒ Transfer applicants: for students transferring to UVic from other colleges or universities
  • ƒ Future applicants: for students who are researching UVic, but are not applying this year

Student experience panels (10:15am – 5:15)

Participate in a student experience panel at the Engineering & Computer Science building to meet current UVic students, learn about their experiences, and ask your questions about life at UVic.

Attend a sample lecture by a UVic faculty member at the Engineering & Computer Science building and get a real university classroom experience. Fine Arts is offering two: “Pixar & the Hero’s Journey” (10:15am) and “Cinema & Video Games in the Age of VR” (3:15pm).

VR is about more than entertainment (UVic Photo Services)

Drop by the information & faculty fair in the Student Union Building to learn about our academic programs and the support services we provide for students.

Get an up-close look at the buildings and classrooms that serve our faculties and academic programs. Faculty tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited. Refer to the schedule and map for times and locations.

Fine Arts tours meet in the lobby of the Fine Arts building, and run at the following times:
  • Music: 10:30-11:30am + 1:30-2:30pm
  • Writing: 11:30am-12:30pm + 2:30-3:30pm
  • Visual Arts + Art History & Visual Studies: 12:30-1:30pm + 3:30-4:30pm
  • Theatre is hosting their own intensives “I Want to be in Theatre!” event from noon to 2:30pm. This extended session is specially designed for students (and their parents or teachers) to experience UVic’s hands-on approach to theatre arts, explore our world-class facilities, and get acquainted with some of our outstanding faculty and staff – all in a fun and informative session. Register at

The cast of Othello in action (photo: Dean Kalyan)

Bus transportation

UVic is even putting on buses to get you to the campus! Catch the 9am ferry from Tsawwassen as a walk-on passenger. We’ll pick you up at Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and get you back for the 7pm sailing in the evening.

Note: Pre-registration for the bus service is required, and closes when capacity is reached. Please note that you are responsible for your own BC Ferries fares.

Register for UVic now!