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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

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

For entry to the MFA in 2023/24, all portfolios must be submitted digitally, via an online platform, by the same deadline as your main University Admissions application.  The online platform is called SlideRoom: the Ruskin submission site will go live on 1st September 2022. As soon as you have started your main application we will send you a link to Slideroom to upload your portfolio. (Please note that this is a manual process and therefore there may be a delay of a few days)

We will only consider your portfolio if you have also submitted your main University application application by the deadline. 

Candidates can change and edit their portfolio on SlideRoom as many times as they like up until they press 'Submit'.

There is no submission fee or any charge for uploading your portfolio to SlideRoom.


Your Portfolio

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

Applicants are expected to upload A digital portfolio of recently completed studio work documented through images or other mode of documentation, up to 15 images and/or 12 minutes of moving image or sound work. 

SlideRoom will accept the following uploads: 

Images (up to 5MB each) - .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga

Videos (up to 250MB each) - .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv

Audio (30MB each) - .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac

Documents (10MB each) - .pdf 

If you are including film or video work, it should be no larger than 250MB.

To include larger files of durational work in your portfolio, you can provide a URL link to Vimeo, Youtube or SoundCloud in your portfolio submission.

Applicants are not expected to provide additional details or textual explanation of their work.  A title, very brief description or explanation can be included, if you think it necessary. 


Terms of Portfolio Submission

There is one portfolio submission deadline for all applicants which is the same as the main University deadline for MFA 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