The course will provide an intensive course of one-to-one tutorials and weekly studio seminars, focused upon your own art-making, its key concerns and ideas, and your inter-dependent development with the other artists in the MFA group.
This studio-based learning programme will be supported by a regular seminar series engaged with current debates in contemporary art history and theory. The curriculum of reading and discussion will be tailored to the emergent concerns of the group and their dialogue with wider discourses of contemporary art and visual culture.
This student-centric approach to your own art making, as well as its historical and theoretical context, will be possible because of the uniquely small scale of the Ruskin MFA. Great attention will be paid to individual concerns, whilst generating a collective dynamic of mutual participation in generous and robust discussion. Through this process, you will have a uniquely demanding and supportive opportunity to engage with what it means to work as an artist today, considering how an artist's work and ideas are understood in and across different social, artistic and intellectual contexts.
The course benefits from the extraordinary resources of knowledge across the University, placing special emphasis upon the experimental histories of art and art education, and their potential to transform knowledge, forms and situations. You will be expected to develop your artistic practice within the programme, researching and generating an advanced body of art work, employing the technical resources and facilities of the Ruskin and drawing upon Oxford’s extensive library and museum resources.
Varied teaching situations will be employed to identify and provide for individual students’ needs, and to draw individual artistic concerns into group dialogue to promote robust contextual knowledge and awareness. These include:
The MFA will have three main modes of assessment:
Many alumni from the Ruskin have pursued careers in the fine arts as practising artists, teachers, curators and gallery professionals in both public and private galleries. Others have gone on to pursue careers in diverse areas such as education, finance, architecture and the film industry.