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Applying to Study for an MFA

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.

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

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 portfolio submitted via email OR portfolios uploaded in a PDF file. 

last edited: September 2nd 2021