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The Ruskin School of Art is located across two sites: at 74 High Street in the historic city centre near many of the main University sites (including libraries and museums) as well as colleges; and at 128 Bullingdon Road in vibrant East Oxford, a short 10-15-minute walk away.
Ruskin School of Art., 74 High Street. Photograph: Courtesy St Edmund Hall Alumni Office
  • 74 High Street
  • - Ground Floor - Library and Theory Studio - Foyer - Ruskin Offices
  • - First Floor - Old Masters' Studio - The Drawing Studio
  • - Second Floor - Studios - Painting Office
  • - Basement - Studios - Toilets and General Facitilities
  • 128 Bullingdon Road
  • - Ground Floor - Project Space - Print Studio - Edit Suites - Casting Room - Metal and Wood Workshops - Studios
  • - First Floor - Seminar Room - Studios - Toilets and General Facilities
  • - Video
 

For information about access for people with disabilities, please see the University's Access Guide 

 

74 High Street, OX1 4BG.

This site houses first-year student studios and further studio spaces for under- and post-graduates, the Drawing Studio (used for Anatomy, short courses and student studio space); the Library and Theory Studio (graduate reading room), the main adminstration offices, the Painting (tutorial) Office, and the Old Masters’ Studio (used for seminars, meetings, and presentations). 

Situated in the centre of the city, this historic listed building stands next door to the University's Examation Schools, on the corner of Merton Street.  

It has four levels from the basement to a top-floor studios. There are two entrances to this building: a stepped main entrance with double doors in the centre of the building, and an entrance between Exam Schools and the Ruskin that offers a ramp for wheelchair access.  A lift, for use by the Exam Schools and the Ruskin, reaches the basement and ground floor.   

There is no parking at this site but loading and unloading is permitted 9.30am–4pm. 

 

Ground Floor

 

Library and Theory Studio

For a full description of the Library resources, please go to the Library page

In addition, the Theory Studio houses the reference library, and provides a workspace for postgraduate research. It is a quiet space with desks, lamps and electrical sockets for charging laptops etc.   

Ruskin students do not need to book to use these spaces, which are open during term-time: Monday-Friday 9am – 9pm, and Saturdays 9.15am – 1.15pm

 

Foyer

The foyer at the High Street is used as an exhibition space by students, for group crits, individual and group displays.  

It is also used for the annual large-scale anatomy exhibition at Easter.  

Biannual art sales (fundraising events open to the public) take place here. 

 

Ruskin Offices

The Head of School, the Head of Administration and the administrative team are based in offices at this location.

 

First Floor

 

Old Masters’ Studio

This room is used for seminars, meetings, presentations and talks, and can accommodate up to 50 people.   

It is a versatile space with partitions, which can also be used for group crits, to photograph and document student work. 

There is a projector, speakers for audio and film projections and a drop-down screen. Tables are also available, along with stackable seating.  The office can provide a laptop for talks, or dongles to link guest laptops to the projector. 

 

The Drawing Studio

This area is used for the teaching of the anatomy course and is also where second- and third-year BFA students can choose studio space. 

In term time, the evening life-drawing classes are based in this studio and during vacations the studio is used for short courses and access workshops.

There are drawing boards, easels and donkeys available for student use. In addition, for life drawing and anatomy teaching, there are two skeletons, a mattress and screen, a platform and large mirror.  

 

Second Floor

 

Studios

There is a large top floor studio for undergraduates and a further studio area for post-graduates. 

 

Painting Office

The Painting Office is used by members of the faculty for study, admin and tutorials

 

Basement

 

Studios

There are three studio areas for first-year undergraduates, with sinks and a small workshop for cutting wood and preparing canvases.  

Materials such as wood, canvas, paint, electrical equipment and other tools are all stored in areas within the basement.   

 

Toilets & General Facilities

There are three lavatories in the basement, one with disabled access.  

There are water filters, recycling containers and first aid kits are available throughout the building. 

 

128 Bullingdon Road. Courtesy Spratley Studios Architects. Photo: Will Scott

128 Bullingdon Road, OX4 1QP

The multi-purpose Project Space, the Media Lab and film-editing suites, printmaking and etching workshop, and the sculpture department with casting, metal and wood workshops, as well as under-graduate and post-graduate studio spaces, are accommodated in this purpose-built industrial site, which was launched in October 2015.

The building sits near the north end of Bullingdon Road, close to the Cowley Road. 

It has two levels with full disabled access throughout the building and an internal lift.   

There is no general parking at this site but there is space for disabled parking. There is also a lockable bike shed immediately outside the main entrance. 

Bullingdon Road is a one-way street, with access running from the Iffley Road to the Cowley Road.  There are regular buses that run along the Cowley Road, to and from the High Street.  

 

Ground Floor

 

Project Space

Measuring approximately 20m2, the Project Space can be used for student exhibitions, performances and film screenings.

The main window uses smart glass panels to provide privacy when required, or act as a large back screen projection screen, allowing the front of the building to serve as a large screen.

Whilst students can book the area for their independent and/or collaborative projects, it is also used for group crits, the weekly series of talks by visiting speakers, and for photography and film workshops.   

 

Print Studio 

The printmaking studio provides facilities for students to explore and develop their fine art practice through both traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. 

The studio has provision for intaglio, relief, and screen-printing. 

Housing a 66cm x 121cm [26" x 48"] Rochat etching press, we offer autographic intaglio using traditional hard & soft grounds, drypoint, aquatint & chine collee. Zinc is etched in nitric. 

For screen-printing the studio is equipped with 2 new 30" x 40" Natgraph Hand Tables, 2 drying racks, a back lit washout booth, Natgraph UV exposure unit, screen drying room, and a 1.5m lightbox for working on artwork and film positives. The studio uses the TW Graphics water-based screen-printing ink system. 

The recent addition of a Beevers hydraulic Press with a 22" x 16" platen, facilitates the production of lithographs, etching, relief, collograph, embossings, and die cut work. 

 

Media Lab 

The Ruskin Media Lab is designed to be an open exploratory space: users can work with image, video and physical production using the inventory of equipment, much of which is sourced from the MIT FAB Lab inventory.

The main Media Lab area has two large format printers, a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, milling machine, and 3d printer. There is an electronics / soldering area where students undertake physical computing projects using arduino, raspberry pi, and other sensors and electronics.

The Media Lab studio is mainly Mac-based with a number of iMacs connected to video grade central storage. Each student has their own home account, which is available at whatever workstation they are using.

Software includes Adobe Suite, max-map, Final-Cut Pro, Ableton Live, and Logic Pro. Other software may be acquired and used when necessary to a project.

A range of equipment can be borrowed, including Canon 5D cameras, a Black Magic Cinema Camera, various microphones and audio hard disk recorders, as well as portable projectors.

Digital files can be produced in the Media Lab and sent to the workshop wood CNC machine and metal plasma CNC machine.

 

Edit Suites

The Media Lab also includes three edit suites. One is contained within the media lab room and acts as a general edit suite as well as an ingest station for material shot with the black magic camera.

One is an acoustically treated sound room with a 7.1 Genelec surround sound system, audio recording facility, midi keyboards and large screen. 

One is a control room for the Project Space below, where audio and video can be controlled, as well as the main large screen projector and the two side projectors. The side projectors are mapped to the Project Space front ‘smart screen window’ which can act a giant back screen projector providing a video / image interface with the outside front of the building. The project space also has a 7.1 surround sound speaker system so work produced in the audio edit suite can be easily presented in the Project Space.

 

Casting Room

The Casting Room is a bespoke wet and dry facility for mould-making and casting a variety of materials. These include rigid mould-making in plaster and fibreglass as well as flexible mould-making in silicones and vinyl mould.  Life-casting is also possible.

It offers offer a range of casting mediums such as polyurethane and polyester resins, glass-reinforced plastics (GRP), silicone and polyurethane rubber and foams, cement fondu, Jesmonite and plaster. There is a vacuum forming machine available, as well as filtering down-draught tables for both dust and resins.

 

Metal and Wood Workshops

The metal shop is setup for fabricating and manipulating metal. It offers arc-welding, MIG and TIG welding in mild, stainless steel in addition to aluminium. The welding area is equipped with both overhead extraction and a filtered down draught table.

Metal can be cut in a number of ways: cold cut saw, angle grinder, guillotine, band saw, hand-held plasma cutter or our state-of-the-art CNC plasma-cutting table. Shaping the metal can be done with the fly press, slip roller, finger break and an induction forge. 

The wood workshop is equipped with table saw, sliding miter chop saw, pillar drill, bandsaw, disk and belt sanders and a 3.5 meter wall. 

 

Studios

There are two areas of top-lit studios for second- and third-year undergraduates.

 

First Floor

 

Seminar Room

This space is used as a staff office and meeting-room, and can be booked for staff and student seminars, presentations and meetings. There is a full complement of AV equipment for use in presentations and talks. 

 

Studios

The MFA and DPhil student cohorts are based in the first-floor studios. 

 

Toilets and General Facilities

There are toilets on both levels at Bullingdon Road and a shower on the ground floor.  All these spaces allow for disabled access.

There is a kitchen for the use of both staff and students. 

Recycling containers and first aid kits are available throughout the building. 

 

Video of 128 Bullingdon Road by Will Scott, courtesy of Spratley Studios Architects