Fine Art


Fine Art is the making and study of visual art. It educates and prepares students to become artists and to follow other practices that are aligned to the making of art. The curriculum is centred on the individual student’s potential and imagination.

I chose Teddy Hall because it seemed the most down to earth and welcoming college and takes six artists (a high number for an Oxford college). This was important to me as I really wanted to be able to continue discussions outside the studio.

Elaine, Fine Art

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Fine Art students at St Edmund Hall benefit hugely from the College’s close relationship with the Ruskin School of Art, where the majority of teaching takes place. We have the largest intake of artists of any college in the University, and are situated directly opposite the Ruskin’s main site on the High Street.

Artists at Teddy Hall form a large and welcoming community, supported by the College’s Director of Studies for Fine Art, Professor Jason Gaiger. There are opportunities to exhibit work in the College and to contribute to various extra-curricular art activities, such as A Gallery (an annual publication of student art and creative writing), and Oxfordshire Artweeks events. Fine Art students are also invited to attend other College events, such as those organised by The Centre for the Creative Brain.

Students can apply for a college grant of up to £300 each year to meet costs relating to the course that enhance their studies. Our final-year students also benefit from the Bendhem Fine Art Bursary to support the costs of the Degree Show. Find out more about undergraduate prizes and bursaries here.

Many of our graduates go on to graduate studies in Fine Art, but some also continue in other, related subjects, including Art History, Anthropology, and Film Studies. We maintain good contacts with former students and keenly follow their developing careers. Recent Fine Art graduates include professional artists, critics, writers, teachers, stage designers and creative directors.

Amongst recent Fine Art graduates, Jack Stanton (2013) was awarded the prestigious New Sensations Prize for Emerging Artists; Rosamund Lakin (2014) and Luke Dawes (2018) were selected for the Platform residency at Modern Art Oxford (an award given to recent art school graduates which culminates in a two-week solo exhibition in Modern Art Oxford’s Project Space, as a stepping stone between art school and life as a professional artist); and Khushna Sulaman-Butt (2016) was selected for inclusion in the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition.

Entrance requirements for Fine Art at St Edmund Hall match requirements listed in the University Prospectus. It is highly recommended that candidates have studied Art at A level (or equivalent) and taken an Art Foundation course.

All candidates will be expected to submit a portfolio of their work, and if shortlisted for interview, would normally sit a practical test. More information is available here.

Further information on the course itself and the admissions process can be obtained directly from the Ruskin School. The School holds its own Open Days, timed to coincide with the College Open Days.

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Professor Jason Gaiger


Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory

Professor Jason Gaiger is a Fellow of St Edmund Hall and Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Ruskin School of Art. Jason’s principal research interests are in aesthetics and art theory from the mid-seventeenth century through to the present day. He also works on theories of depiction and visual meaning, and on twentieth-century and contemporary art practice and theory.

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