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A few questions:
-Do they prefer some foundation Art courses over others?
-What specifically do they like to hear/ see in your personal statement?
-Can anyone give some insight on the practical test? Like what does it actually entail? Could you tell me what the brief they gave you was? What do they really want to see?
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I really, really want to know the answers for these questions too. If someone answers, please tag me in.
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I really, really want to know the answers for these questions too. If someone answers, please tag me in.
Heya, i just asked these in the Oxford live Q&A. They said:
-Contrary to some rumours on StudentRoom etc, we have absolutely no preference about foundation courses or colleges: successful applicants have come from foundation courses at their local FE college (Bridgend to Carlisle) as well as more dedicated art colleges (London to Leith). But we do strongly recommend a Foundation, as it gives candidates a chance to expand their practice and develop their understanding about what it is to be able to dedicate their attention fully to art. It means when they start their degree programme, they can hit the ground running, already equipped with skills and ideas. @Tom (studio tutor), do you want to add anything? You can find out if you are as an artist – for example, if you discover you love working with ceramics or textiles, then the Ruskin probably isn’t for you, as we don’t have specialist facilities or experts in those areas. @Simon (senior technician), do you say something about your experience on your Foundation?

-We want to find out who you are intellectually and artistically, about what informs your practice and ideas, which could be experiences and/or inspiration from other artists – we don’t expect you to have all the answers but we do like to know what questions you are exploring in your art.


-The University of Oxford has just announced that interviews in the admissions cycle 2020 for entry in 2021 will take place remotely, so there won’t be a practical test this year. However, customarily, the practical test takes place in the High Street studios, and lasts 3 hours: candidates chose from one of three questions or statements to make an artistic response to. Candidates cannot bring their own materials: we provide materials including paper, pencils, pens, charcoal, glue, masking and sellotape, string, armature wire, Mod-Roc etc. @Alice, @Helena (student reps) - do you want to add anything about the practical test?

I recommend checking out the virtual open day if you haven't already.
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Heya, i just asked these in the Oxford live Q&A. They said:
-Contrary to some rumours on StudentRoom etc, we have absolutely no preference about foundation courses or colleges: successful applicants have come from foundation courses at their local FE college (Bridgend to Carlisle) as well as more dedicated art colleges (London to Leith). But we do strongly recommend a Foundation, as it gives candidates a chance to expand their practice and develop their understanding about what it is to be able to dedicate their attention fully to art. It means when they start their degree programme, they can hit the ground running, already equipped with skills and ideas. @Tom (studio tutor), do you want to add anything? You can find out if you are as an artist – for example, if you discover you love working with ceramics or textiles, then the Ruskin probably isn’t for you, as we don’t have specialist facilities or experts in those areas. @Simon (senior technician), do you say something about your experience on your Foundation?

-We want to find out who you are intellectually and artistically, about what informs your practice and ideas, which could be experiences and/or inspiration from other artists – we don’t expect you to have all the answers but we do like to know what questions you are exploring in your art.


-The University of Oxford has just announced that interviews in the admissions cycle 2020 for entry in 2021 will take place remotely, so there won’t be a practical test this year. However, customarily, the practical test takes place in the High Street studios, and lasts 3 hours: candidates chose from one of three questions or statements to make an artistic response to. Candidates cannot bring their own materials: we provide materials including paper, pencils, pens, charcoal, glue, masking and sellotape, string, armature wire, Mod-Roc etc. @Alice, @Helena (student reps) - do you want to add anything about the practical test?

I recommend checking out the virtual open day if you haven't already.
Hola icate,

Thanks for posting these responses and for rep'ing the virtual open day.

Your portfolio is the most critical thing in terms of interview selection and will also shape the interview. Note that the Ruskin Art School assess all of the Fine Art candidates and make the Oxford offer decision because (unusually) all of the teaching takes place there with no formal teaching at the colleges. Applicants do still pick a college though. We have three Fine Art places and Ian Kiaer is our Tutor. Ian organises 'crits' and 'shows' and also oversees and supports the Fine Art students but as we said, the tuition itself takes place in the School.

One of our Fine Art students (Erica) is coming on shift at 3pm to respond to student questions - if you go back to the virtual open day and post queries, she'll gladly respond:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...senose-college

Good luck with your application!

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icate thanks for these very full responses.

Please ensure you go back to the open day to grab even more info!
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