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    (Original post by Zhiwei)
    Hey, guys. I am in this very lucky position that I got accepted by both the Ruskin, Oxford and the Slade, UCL. I really like the Slade as an art school. I think I will enjoy the course and life in London! But I also really like the whole Oxford experience during my interview. Plus, a degree from Oxford can really help me a lot, especially in home country (I'm from China). Any thought?

    Thank you in advanced
    Oxford and UCL are of course both well known.
    For me It will have to be Oxford from a prestige point of view.
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    (Original post by Zhiwei)
    Thank you for your reply. I'm not sure whether the Oxford course is the right one for me. It seems they really emphasis drawing which I don't normally do...
    Then UCL it is!
    London and UCL in particular has a very large Chinese community.
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    This might seem a bit biased seeing as I have an offer to go the Slade next year, but in my mind the Slade is one of the best art courses in Britain, I would go there over the Ruskin any day. If you want to be a practicing artist then the Slade should 100% be your first choice. That being said if you are more interested in being an art historian/ researcher and aren't as interested in developing your own practice as much then Oxford's name would open more doors in that respect, plus in my mind the Ruskin has more of an emphasis on art history if that is important to you? Yes the Ruskin really values drawing much more than the Slade.
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    (Original post by Zhiwei)
    Thank you for your reply. I indeed want to be a practical artist. But the thing is I am not sure whether I should value my future art career over everything else. I think I will enjoy life in Oxford more than I do in London.

    Do you think undergraduate at the Ruskin and master at the Slade can be a good combination? I'm pretty sure I will go to do a master degree.
    Yes I think that that would be a good combination. To be honest they are both fantastic courses so I don't think that you would have any regrets with whatever decision you make. I think when you start looking at places like the Slade, the Ruskin, Goldsmiths etc. that there isn't necessarily a 'best' one for fine art, it's where is right for you. I have friends doing both courses, and I think that people at the Slade tend to be more innovative and original than those at the Ruskin who in turn seem to be overly influenced by the artists that they have studied. But that might be those specific people as opposed to the course in general.

    I'd say look closely at how the course is set up. (I don't know if your offer is for the BA or BFA at the Slade) But the Slade would not really be a place that would force you to do drawing if you didn't want to whereas the Ruskin would, in the Ruskin you have anatomy classes one day a week which you might like or not like. In the Slade you could do a year abroad, if you're doing the BA you would have to take up a second course in your second year. In the Slade you specialise after a few months, which, although being very flexible and being allowed to move between the disciplines, is less open than in the Ruskin where you do not specialise. You have exams in your first and third years at Oxford I believe whereas the Slade is less exam driven so it would be a bit more relaxed.

    If the differences between the courses are not enough to make you choose one or another think about the lifestyle that you would have depending on where you went. In the Ruskin you would be in one of Oxford's colleges which is a very different lifestyle which you may like or not like. You would be with a different type of people at oxford than at the UCL, it has a reputation for having a disproportionately high percentage of people from private schools. Oxford is a very small city compared to london, so if you want to be more rural and have a bit more peace and quiet then you would definitely prefer Oxford. I have friends in London who hate being in such a big city, although I also have a friend in the Ruskin who came from a big city and feels that there isn't enough life there compared to what they are used to.
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    Taking some time to think it through is a really good idea. You still have a lot of time to think it over. In the end both are fantastic courses, and as soon as you've started either of them, you'll be so glad that that's the one that chose so don't worry too much about the choice. You will love the experience in either!
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    (Original post by Zhiwei)
    Hey, guys. I am in this very lucky position that I got accepted by both the Ruskin, Oxford and the Slade, UCL. I really like the Slade as an art school. I think I will enjoy the course! But I also really like the whole Oxford experience during my interview. Plus, a degree from Oxford can really help me a lot, especially in my home country (I'm from China). Any thought?

    Thank you in advanced
    As you're from china i'd strongly recommend Oxford, as you probably understand that name carries immense weight in Asia, far more than any of the others listed regardless of how renowned they may be in that particular field.

    Of course this is assuming the cost doesn't phase you.
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    (Original post by Zhiwei)
    Thank you for your reply. As I posted about 10 mins ago, I have decided to go Oxford. The main reason is because the reputation. Just like you said, a degree from Oxford can really open up more doors for me in the future. Plus, the three-course at Oxford is definitely cheaper than the four-year course at UCL. Living cost in central London is way too high for me and my family.
    Yeah I missed the post :P. Oxford is definitely cheaper and as someone who has grown up in London and will be doing their masters in Central London (Imperial), I can tell you it quickly gets very boring it's ridiculously busy especially at Holborn station. You can only visit Central London so many times before you tire of it - The London hype is very overrated lol.
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    Hi! Congrats on your offers and I hope you're enjoying your life at oxford I'm also from China and I have applied to the Ruskin and slade for 2017 entry. I just handed in my portfolio for ruskin and I'm quite panic as I don't know what they want to see. I was wondering if you could show me your portfolio? Thank you very much!
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    Hi rose, how was the Oxford application process like? Could I see your portfolio?
 
 
 
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