Departments_And_Information_About_The_Departments - University of Oxford
The Ruskin, as it is known, is the fine art department of the University of Oxford. The School attracts students from all kinds of backgrounds who are seriously interested and engaged in art. The subject is taught as a living element of contemporary culture with a broad range of historical and theoretical references.
The twenty students in each year are initially encouraged to work across all media and then to develop their own focus and interests during the final two years of the course. Ruskin students need to be highly motivated and resourceful and are expected to organise their time to connect fully with all the opportunities that the course offers.
The layout of the School's facilities on two sites offers a strong working atmosphere. Personal studios are cooperatively arranged with fellow students according to need and change with each new group.
We prefer to interview people who have visited the School and talked to Ruskin students so that they already have a realistic (and ambitious) view of the opportunities.
Ruskin students are members of Oxford colleges that provide additional working relationships and support. Through the elaborate collegiate system, Ruskin students develop friendships covering many other subjects.
The Ruskin is distinctive within the University because all the teaching takes place within the School. The proximity between media and the way that art history and theory is entwined with studio work provides advantages to ambitious students. There is a sense of expectation about the place, a day-to-day exchange of ideas and a developing debate with the department as a whole.
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