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Applying to Study for an MFA

The next application deadline will be in January 2024 for entry the following October.

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 and exact submission dates 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 ahead of submitting your appliation form so they have plenty of time to send in their supporting statements. 

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. Information about application fee waiver eligibility is here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide/declaration-and-payment#content-tab--3.


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.   If you do not choose a college you will 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, Google etc would be suitable. 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. 

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

Open Day

We do not hold physical Open Days for the MFA, but we are offering an online (Teams) information session on 8th December 2023, at 2pm (UK time). If you are interested in attending, please sign up here: https://forms.office.com/e/rt36FNYUS2

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last edited: June 28th 2023