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Fine Art at Oxford - Course Outline

First Year


Students commence from the start to develop their studio work in discussion with the visiting staff, tutors and school's lectures. Students are allocated a tutor at the outset. The work of the tutor is to sets target; assess progress and direct students in their studies. Work is regularly discussed and presented at group crits involving students and staff from throughout the school. The department designs projects and workshops in order to introduce a spectrum of approaches and techniques, which are offered throughout the year. Additionally, students attend taught practical classes in human anatomy and drawing. Besides these classes, students attend seminars, lectures, tutorials in art history.


Human anatomy, one written paper in the history, practical studio based work, three submitted essays and one theory of visual culture since 1900.

Second and Third Year


The second and third year are alike in structure and continue the tutorial system, which is introduced in the first year. Students need to continue the study of art history and theory. They require submitting three essays during the course of the second year. In the final term of the second year, students agree an extended essay title with their respective tutors. In the second term of the final year, students need to submit this essay as one of the parts of the final exam. Students need to build up a strong bond between their studio studies and the interests of the essay.

Assessment (2nd year)

Students need to meet the satisfactory record in all areas of the course

Assessment (3rd year)

A supporting portfolio of the work and final exhibition made during the second and third years, one written paper in the theory and history of visual culture since 1900 and an extended essay.

Interview and Portfolio Assessment

It must be noted that there is no prescription for editing a portfolio; however, candidates ought to aim for any series of work that provides a sense of their appetites and interests. A portfolio may include photographs, original works, digital images or slides of sculptures and paintings short videotapes, personal notebooks, sound works, CDs, drawings, etc.

The university signs of the ability to engage in inventive and critical discussion and above all it looks forward to possessing a strong visual curiosity. Any of the international candidates for Fine Art who are invited to attend shall be expected to come at Oxford for an interview at the given date.

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 - 40 comprising core points
  • Or any other equivalent

It is recommended for students to have studied Art to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any academic equivalent and to take an Art Foundation course. Candidates ought to follow the application procedure as mentioned in how to apply page of the university website.


Students ensure that portfolios must be delivered to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art on the prescribed date and time. There is no recommendation for editing a portfolio; however, candidates ought to aim for any spectrum of work that offers a sense of their appetites and interest.

It must be noted that the university can use the work that students submit to the extent mandatory for the conduct of the admission process. Oxford is not in a position to evaluate the contents of portfolios or to make any specific arrangements for care, return or custody. Oxford, therefore, cannot accept responsibility of any damage or loss.

Practical Test and Interview

Candidates comprising international candidates who are short-listed for this course are motivated to come to Oxford for appearing an interview on prescribed date. The interview, generally, shall include a practical test. In this test, students will be asked to complete two pieces in different media from a number of possible subjects. Candidates do not need to make any particular arrangements for the test as the test will be organized by the Ruskin.

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