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Applying to Study for an MFA

The application cycle for entry in October 2023 is now open and closes at 12 noon UK time on Friday 6th January 2023.

How to apply

Please follow the detailed instructions in the Course Guide available here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/mfa-fine-art

Queries about the MFA programme can be directed to graduate@rsa.ox.ac.uk

Details of this procedure, selection criteria, exact submission dates, and the importance of choosing the most appropriate one, can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/application_guide/

All supporting documentation, including letters of reference, must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be assessed by the admissions panel.

For the most detailed information on the application process please refer to the University Admissions webpage: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/index.html

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://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/mfa-fine-art


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: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/college_guide/index.html

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

Your digital portfolio should consist of recently completed studio work documented through up to 15 images and/or 12 minutes of moving image or sound work. This should be submitted via a URL within a PDF document, in the place of ‘written work’ in your application.

Portfolios should be accessible online via a working link, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the link is operative throughout the admissions and interviews period. Dedicated section(s) of a website or platforms such as Vimeo are currently recommended. Platforms such as Flickr which are ad-heavy, or similarly Dropbox that require lengthy registration processes, are to be avoided where possible, as are password-protected sites, as they make the selection process and the interviews harder.

Do not upload a PDF of your portfolio.

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.

Portfolios will be assessed for evidence of creative thinking and artistic accomplishment, and clarity in the exposition of ideas.

last edited: December 13th 2022