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Applying to Study for a DPhil

The application cycle for entry in October 2022 is now open and closes at 12 noon UK time on Friday 7th January 2022. We strongly advise that you submit your application at least two weeks before this deadline. This will allow time for any issues to be resolved before the deadline.


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: http://bit.ly/1vJb6Lf

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

The submission of your portfolio forms a compulsory part of your application to the practice-led DPhil. Please note that without this your application will not be valid. 


Your Portfolio

Up to 15 images and/or 12 minutes of moving image or sound work

For the practice-led DPhil, a digital portfolio of recently completed studio work documented through images or other mode of documentation is required in addition to your written work.

Your portfolio should be provided in digital format with your application, 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, eg via Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr or your own website.

The URL (and password, if necessary) for the portfolio should be included in your application on a separate page at the start of your submitted written work.

The department will not accept portfolios submitted via email. If you cannot provide a web-based portfolio, please send an email to graduate@rsa.ox.ac.uk to discuss alternative arrangements.

Your portfolio will be assessed for evidence of creative thinking and artistic accomplishment, clarity in the exposition of ideas, and a comprehensive understanding of the subject area.


Terms of Portfolio Submission

There is one portfolio submission deadline for all applicants which is the same as the main University deadline for DPhil Fine Art applications.

The Ruskin will only accept one portfolio per applicant. 

In the event of an additional, or multiple, portfolio submissions being received from a single applicant, only the first submitted portfolio will be retained in the specified digital formats, and via SlideRoom. All other submissions will be deleted.

Applicants are required to meet the stated deadline and submit work in the format specified on this webpage.  
Late portfolio submissions and physical portfolios will not be accepted or acknowledged. 

The Ruskin will retain applicant submissions in accordance with the University’s policy on data retention. 

These terms are relevant for all applicants, national and international. 

Due to the large number of applications received, the Ruskin cannot retract or amend any portfolio submissions. 


Privacy Policy

SlideRoom is the external platform that The Ruskin School of Art requires you to use for uploading your portfolio as part of the application process.  It is based in the USA and uses IT infrastructure located there. 

In order to use SlideRoom you must be over 18, or have the permission from a parent or legal guardian to use it.  In submitting your application, you authorise SlideRoom and The Ruskin School of Art to store your portfolio for the sole purpose of processing your application.  The terms of use for SlideRoom are available at www.slideroom.com/applicant_terms and the personal information that you provide when registering with SlideRoom will be dealt with in accordance with their privacy policy: www.slideroom.com/privacy

The Ruskin School of Art remains responsible for all other personal information you provide to us in your application.

last edited: May 17th 2022