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Applying to Study for a DPhil

The application cycle for entry in October 2021 is now closed.


Applications for admission are made through the University Admissions Office - an online application system is available here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide

All supporting documentation, including letters of reference, must be received by the deadline. It is not possible to consider incomplete applications.

For the most detailed information on the application process please refer to the University Admissions webpage: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-fine-art

Or contact the Graduate Admissions office at graduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Information on fees and living costs can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/fees


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 £75.00 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: [url=http://bit.ly/1vJb6Lf]http://bit.ly/1vJb6Lf[/url]

It is normally expected that DPhil applicants would already hold an MFA or other Masters’ degree in a discipline related to their research proposal. Admission to the DPhil programme is highly competitive.


English Language

If your first language is not English, or if your first language is English but you are not a national of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by the UK Home Office, you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher or standard level before any offer of a place can be confirmed. For more details please visit: http://bit.ly/1vJb6Lf


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. 

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 or portfolios uploaded in a PDF file. If you cannot provide a web-based portfolio, please email graduate@rsa.ox.ac.uk to discuss alternative arrangements.

last edited: February 15th 2021