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Applying to Study for an MFA

Last edited on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 3:29 PM by Emma Tinker

The deadline for October 2016 admission has now passed. Details of the application process for 2017 entry will be posted later in the year.

How to apply

Please follow the detailed instructions in the Course Guide available here: 

Queries about the MFA programme can be directed to

Details of this procedure, selection criteria, exact submission dates, and the importance of choosing the most appropriate one, can be found at

The set of materials you should submit comprises:

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement, of around 1,000 words in length
  • a CV/résumé
  • three academic references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • a document comprising the web address (URL) of a publicly-accessible digital portfolio of up to 15 still images and/or 12 minutes of moving images, documenting recently completed studio work of yours. 

All supporting documentation, including letters of reference, must be received by the deadline.

For the most detailed information on the application process please refer to the University Admissions webpage:

Or contact the Graduate Admissions office at

Information on fees and living costs can be found at

Apply online

You will be able to complete and submit your application online and upload electronic copies of supporting materials (including written materials, curriculum vitae etc). You can also register the email details of your referees online and we will contact them directly to request references, confidentially and securely. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything to hand right away - you may save a part-completed form and sign in later to complete the remaining sections. Submitting your completed application online is as simple as clicking the ‘submit’ button.

There is a non-refundable £60.00 application fee for each programme of study you apply to. This is normally payable by credit card on submission of each online application. For full details the online application, closing dates, guidance notes for applying online and on paper, and a link to the Online Application form, visit:

Collegiate System

In order to study at the University of Oxford, you need to belong to both a college and a department.  Each college has its own distinctive character, so you may well have a preference.  You can find more about the collegiate system and individual colleges here:

When applying, it is possible to choose a specific college or to make an open application, where you select the subject that you wish to study but do not select a college.   With an open application, you will then be assigned a college.  Please bear in mind that successful candidates can be offered a place at a different college to the one to which they originally applied.  

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios should be in digital format in the first instance, although you may be asked to bring along originals at the interview. Portfolios should be hosted on a website or service that is publicly accessible via the internet (such as Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr or your own website) and, where relevant, the password for the portfolio page. 

The URL and password for the portfolio should be included on a separate page in the 'written work' material to accompany your application. We will not accept any portfolios submitted via email. If you cannot provide a web-based portfolio, please email to discuss alternative arrangements.