October 24, 2014

MFA programme launch, October 2015

The Ruskin School of Art at University of Oxford
Elizabeth Price interviewing BFA student Rosie Lakin for a school promo video. Photograph: Jon Roome.

In October 2015, The Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford starts an intensive, interdisciplinary MFA programme in the practice of contemporary art that is designed to support studio-based and theoretical components of artistic practice.

The course offers you a uniquely demanding and supportive opportunity to engage with what it means to work as an artist today. Your education will be tailored to your key concerns and ideas through Oxford’s famed tutorial system of weekly one-to-one dialogues with your tutor. Studio seminars and artist talks further stimulate the collective dynamic of mutual participation in generous and robust discussion. You will be working with Brian Catling, Claire Makhlouf Carter, Maria Chevska, Justin Coombes, Daria Martin, Katrina Palmer, Elizabeth Price and Corin Sworn. Visiting tutors included Thomas Struth, Shirin Neshat, William Kentridge, Maria Fusco and Hito Steyerl.

The Ruskin School of Art is a top-ranked, intimate art school at the heart of the University of Oxford devoted to cutting-edge artistic production and rigorous thought. Founded in 1871 by artist and critic John Ruskin (1819–1900), it currently offers BFA and DPhil degree courses and boasts a rich learning history, counting many award winners among its past and present students and faculty. The School is characterized by its focus on the intertwining of practice and theory and emphasizes experimental histories of art and their potential to transform knowledge, forms and situations. Presently, it offers a particularly strong setting for work and study in moving image.

At the Ruskin School you will benefit from the extraordinary resources of knowledge across the University including the famous Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museums and Modern Art Oxford.

Alumni of Ruskin’s graduate programmes go on to work in fine art as practising artists, teachers and art writers, or as curators in public and private galleries and for arts councils and organisations. Many also pursue careers in academia, architecture and the film industry.

More information can be found on our website.

Please click here for details about the application process.

We welcome prospective MFA and DPhil students at our open day on November 12, 2014.


The Ruskin School of Art launches MFA programme

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