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Undergraduate Open Days

The Ruskin is participating in the University's 2024 Open Days on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June, and Friday 20 September, and prospective applicants are invited to attend the in-person events at the Ruskin. For those unable to travel to Oxford, we will also offer, during the afternoon of the September Open Day, an online BFA talk and Q&A session.

Student Degree Show installation / Anna Leader

Mixing paint / Anna Leader

Student Sculptural Installation / Anna Leader

Open Days 2024

This year, the University of Oxford and Ruskin School of Art Open Days will be held on 

Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 June

and Friday 20 September. 


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.  

Please note that in the academic years 2024-25 and 2025-26, the Ruskin's High Streeet site will be closed for refurbishment, to make this listed building fully accessible and to improve studio, teaching and library provision. During this period, those resources will be relocated to an address in Cowley Road, East Oxford, very near the Ruskin's Bullingdon Road building. However, we regret this temporary Ruskin site will not be open to visitors during the 2024 Open Days.


The below is the provisional timetable for an in-person Open Day

  • 10am - 2pm: Ruskin School of Art, 128 Bullingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4LR
  • 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.
  • 11am - 12.30pm: Project Space, Bullingdon Road - talk and Q&A session with tutors, current students and BFA admin and admissions staff. The talk will provide information about the BFA course, teaching and resources at the Ruskin and information about the admissions process.  
  • Prospective candidates only - BOOKING RECOMMENDED

The Ruskin Open Day events are always over-subscribed, so we regret that only potential candidates can attend the in-person talks, 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 for entry in 2025.

ACCESS:  The Bullingdon Road site is 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.

For those unable to travel in person to Oxford, we will be offering an online event  on the afternoon of Friday 20 September (time tbc). 

  • BOOKING - is now open on the Oxford University Online Store: www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/the-ruskin-school-of-art/ruskin-events/open-days
  • In-person: we have limited capacity for the in-person BFA talk - we try and admit all prospective candidates on the day, but to guarantee entry, we recommed you book a place, and then we can also send you some advance information shortly before the Open Day.

  • Online: please register for online talk and Q&A session, and we will send you the link to the meeting no later than Thursday 19 September.

Alongside your attendance at the Ruskin events, you will be able to visit some of the colleges which offer places in Fine Art, and attend other University Open Day events.  

You may also find it useful to visit the University's main Open Days page in order to plan your visit: you can also register there for updates about visiting and applying to Oxford: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open-days-and-visits.

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


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.  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 applicants may want to visit the 2024 Ruskin Degree Shows, which will be held at our Bullingdon Road studios over the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June. Further details will be published on the website in due course, but in the meantime, you can view details of previous Degree Shows here: 

2023: www.rsa.ox.ac.uk/degreeshow/2023/bfa

2022: www.ruskindegreeshows.com/


Travelling to Oxford 

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 2nd 2024