On the Fredericton campus, Fine Arts offerings reflect the philosophy that in a modern university the creative and intellectual aspects of life must be closely integrated.
Fine arts facilities and activities include:
- UNB Art Centre: Founded in 1941 by Pegi Nicol MacLeod and Lucy Jarvis, the UNB Art Centre is considered one of the oldest art centres in the Atlantic region. It remains a focus for a range of informative and stimulating exhibitions and programs. It is home to UNB's student art group, ARTZONE. The UNB Art Centre is the custodian of the UNB Permanent Collection which totals close to 1500 artworks assembled through the generosity of alumni and benefactors. The collection is on display throughout the Fredericton and Saint John campuses.
- The Centre for Musical Arts: established in 1992, is under the direction of Richard Hornsby. It offers credit and non-credit courses, practice facilities, instruments for student use, a Concert Series, a Young Musicians Program, and a Summer Music Camp and an affiliated professional Music Festival (New Brunswick Summer Music Festival). There are also many ensembles available to students such as the Concert Choir (Director, Bjorn Runefors), and instrumental ensembles (concert band, brass ensemble, flute choir, jazz band)(Director, Richard Hornsby), as well as the Musician-in-Residence program (1993-97, Robert Kortgaard - piano; 1997-2001, Richard Raymond - piano, 2001- Peter Allen).
- Drama at UNB: UNB offers a number of courses in Drama, providing students with training in acting, directing, design, set construction, lighting, and stage management. Theatre UNB produces 5-7 main stage productions annually at Memorial Hall, including faculty-directed class productions and student-directed productions open to participation by anyone with an interest in theatre. The activities of Theatre UNB are organized by Len Falkenstein (Director of Drama). Drama courses can be found in the Drama and English Department sections of the Calendar.
- Music on the Hill: Music on the Hill offers an annual concert series featuring international, national and regional artists. This is a cooperative endeavour of the Centre for Musical Arts and a cross-disciplinary committee with representation from UNB and STU.
- Film and Video: A series of courses in film studies is offered by the Department of English. These may be taken as optional courses or as part of the Fine Arts Minor.
- Writer-in-Residence: This position has been held by Norman Levine (1965-66), Dorothy Livesay (1966-68), John Metcalfe (1972-73), Alden Nowlan (1968-83), David Adams Richards (1985-87), Douglas Glover (1987-88), Helen Weinzweig (1988-89), Nancy Bauer (1989-90), William Gaston (1990-92), Don Hannah (1992-93) and Karen Connelly (1993-94) and Beth Harvor (1994-95), Anne Michaels (1995-96), Bill Bissett (1998), Richard Sanger (1998-99), Doug Fetherling (2000-01), John Steffler (2001-02), Anne Simpson (2002-03), Ken McKoogan (2003-04).
- The Fiddlehead Magazine: Canada's oldest continuing journal of poetry and short stories was conceived more than three decades ago by Alfred Bailey, and grew from a few mimeographed sheets of poems by students and some faculty to include short stories and book reviews. It has been called a WHO’S WHO of Canadian Literature, and it has been edited by various faculty members over the years, including Fred Cogswell, Kent Thompson, Roger Ploude, Peter Thomas, Robert Gibbs, and Don McKay. The current editor is Ross Leckie. Although its emphasis is on Canadian prose and poetry, the Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English from contributors around the world.
- Memorial Hall: is the site for on-campus as well as touring drama and music productions. It also houses the UNB Art Centre and the Centre for Musical Arts.
- Special events and programs: Concerts, music master classes and workshops, summer music programs, writers’ conferences, exhibitions, poetry-readings, and drama productions are arranged or sponsored by the UNB Art Centre, the Centre for Musical Arts, Theatre UNB and Music on the Hill.