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Undergraduate Open Days

UPDATE - CONFIRMED PROGRAMME - BOOKING OPEN: The Ruskin is participating in the University's 2022 Open Days on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30 June and Friday, 16 September. Prospective applicants are invited to attend the in-person events at the Ruskin, or, for those unable to travel to Oxford, we will offer an online BFA talk and Q&A session in the morning of the September Open Day.

Student Degree Show installation / Anna Leader

Mixing paint / Anna Leader

Student Sculptural Installation / Anna Leader

Undergraduate Open Days Information

The Open Days offer prospective candidates the opportunity to see the Ruskin's facilities, hear about the BFA programme from tutors and current students, and understand more about the admissions process.  Alongside your attendance at the Ruskin events, you will be able to visit some of the colleges which offer places in Fine Art, and other University Open Day events.


Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 June, and Friday 16 September - in-person programme 

10am - 1pm: Ruskin School of Art, 74 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG

  • The School's city-centre site (studios, seminar room, Library and offices) will be open to visitors for self-guided tours.  Tutors, current students and BFA admin and admissions staff will be available.
  • We suggest that prospective candidates use the morning to combine their visit to this Ruskin building with visits to nearby colleges offering Fine Art places (see BFA-affiliated colleges on the RSA website).
  • Booking not required

2 - 5pm: Ruskin School of Art, 128 Bullingdon Road, Oxford OX4 1QP

  • The Ruskin's purpose-built site in East Oxford (studios, print studio, sculpture workshops, media lab & edit suites, and Project Space) will be open to visitors, with tours of the facilities before and after the BFA talk.
  • 3 - 4.30pm: Project Space, Bullingdon Road - talk and Q&A session with tutors, current students and BFA admin and admissions staff. The talk will provide information the BFA course content, teaching and resources at the Ruskin and information about the admissions process.  
  • The Ruskin Open Day events are always over-subscribed, so we regret that only potential candidates can attend the in-person talks and tours, and we are not able to accommodate accompanying family, carers and friends (except by special arrangement - see below).  We thank you for your consideration and understanding that our priority is to include all prospective students who may be applying in October.
  • BOOKING RECOMMENDED: we will try and admit all prospective candidates on the day, but if you make a booking, we can reserve you a place, and send you some advance information shortly before the Open Day. 
  • Booking now open on the Oxford University Online Store (Product Catalogue - The Ruskin School of Art): www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/the-ruskin-school-of-art/ruskin-events/open-days/ruskin-undergraduate-open-days-2022

Further information about attending in-person available in the section further down this page.

[Please Note: It is not possible to review any portfolios during an Open Day or any other visit to the Ruskin.]


Friday 16 September - online programme

In addition to the above in-person events at the Ruskin, we will be offering an online event for those unable to travel in person to Oxford.

Further information on attending the Open Days in-person

Candidates travelling from over 70 miles away to attend an Open Day in person may be able to book accommodation in an Oxford college; please see this page for details of those colleges which offer Fine Art - you can contact the individual colleges for details.  Further information and registration for the wider University event will become available in due course on Oxford's Admissions pages.

Please be aware that the Open Days take place outside term-time, so there will be no student activity in the studios and workshops. Prospective candidates may want to visit the Ruskin 2022 Degree Show, which will be open to the public from Saturday 18 to Wednesday 22 June, 12 - 6pm daily, at the Ruskin's Bullingdon Road site. 

Please note that there is very limited disabled access at the Ruskin's High Street premises, with an accessible entrance and lift between the ground floor and basement, but only stairs up to the first floor, where the talk takes place in the Drawing Studio.  The Bullingdon Road studios are fully accessible.

If you have special requirements, or need to be accompanied by a parent or carer, please contact the Ruskin office on info@rsa.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865-276940 in advance of your visit.

Given the remaining uncertainty about COVID-19 over the coming months, should the situation require, the University will revert to Virtual Open Days, as per the previous two years.

Travelling to Oxford + Parking

Travel directions to the Ruskin are available here

On the Open Days themselves, the University will publish a webpage with travel advice, updates on parking and bus timetables.

There is no parking available at the Ruskin, and limited local parking. Street parking in the city is largely for 2 hours only.  Please refer to the Oxford City Council's website for information on car parks and the city's park and ride service that can each provide longer parking options.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Ruskin office on 01865 276940. Alternatively, send an email to info@rsa.ox.ac.uk

last edited: May 27th 2022