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Undergraduate Open Days

The University of Oxford has announced that the July Open Days should not go ahead as planned, and so the Ruskin regrets that it is also cancelling its Open Day events in July. At the moment we are hoping that the 18 September Open Day will run but realise this may not be possible due to ongoing social distancing rules.

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Undergraduate Open Days Information

For the latest updates about Open Days in 2020, please check the News section: https://www.rsa.ox.ac.uk/news/detail/july-open-days-cancelled

There is no requirement to visit the Ruskin prior to applying, but you may find it useful to view our facilities, meet staff and students, and learn more about what we offer. 

The Ruskin takes part in Oxford University's undergraduate Open Days each year: in 2020 these were scheduled for Wednesday 1 July, Thursday 2 July and Friday 18 September.   

Tutors speak about the BFA course, the facilities available at the Ruskin and provide information about the admissions process.   Talks start at 10 am and 2.30pm and each is followed by a Q&A session.  You will also be able to take home a folder with further information about the Ruskin. There will be opportunities to meet the staff and students and tour the buildings.

Please see the BFA section in the Study pages of this website for updates about applying in 2020 for entry in 2021.

Please Note: It is not possible to review any portfolios during an Open Day or any other visit to the Ruskin.  Visits present an opportunity to see the facilities, hear about the course and understand more about the admissions process.



Booking is NOT required - we will accommodate all prospective candidates on the day - but if you register your intention to attend, we can send you some advance information shortly before the Open Day. Due to space limitations, only potential applicants can be admitted to the talks.

Registration is free -  please go to the University Online stores to book.  Max. 2 places per booking (prospective candidates only please).

Doors open 30 mins before each session, and we request that those who have registered arrive in time to take their seats 15 minutes before the start, after which spare places will be released to anyone waiting.

This event is always over-subscribed, so we regret that only potential candidates can attend the 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.

Accompanying family and friends can drop in to the Open Day Information Centre in the Examinations Schools next door, where there will be information desks about studying in Oxford, as well as talks.  Otherwise there are plenty of cafes nearby.

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

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.



Studio spaceĀ at Bullingdon Road, Photograph: Will Scott Photography , Willscottphotography.com


Travelling to Oxford + Parking

Travel directions to the Ruskin are available here

For travel advice that is specific to Open Days, and that includes updates on parking and bus timetables, please refer to the webpage provided by the University.

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 5th 2020