Ruskin Alumni

At the Ruskin we take an enormous pride in our current and past members of the Fine Art department and the positive contribution they have made to the history of artists that have graduated from the University of Oxford.

In 2011, the Ruskin School Alumni Society was launched at the Saatchi Gallery in London and at the Simon Preston Gallery in New York to celebrate the network of Fine Art students who have graduated from the Ruskin.

John Ruskin’s first art students began their studies at the School of Drawing in the University Galleries at the Ashmolean Museum back in 1871.  More than one hundred years later in 1978, art students graduated from this University with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree.  Since 1992, Fine Art students complete a single honours degree.

In October 2006 the current DPhil programme was introduced and the Ruskin is excited to be launching a second postgraduate programme, a Master’s in Fine Art, in October 2015. 

The Ruskin is privileged to have such an exciting breadth of talent emerging from the School, from each of our courses.  Our alumni network continue to pursue diverse careers in the creative arts, as well as in education, PR, landscape design, finance, law, architecture and the film industry.

Our students have joined us from many different disciplines and it is wonderful to hear how many Ruskin alumni keep in touch with each other, as well as the School, as they pursue their careers and further studies. 

For current updates, we also invite you to look at our posts on Facebook and Twitter:


* Alumni Short Courses Discounts *

Along with other departments and the Department for Continuing Education, the Ruskin is now offering a 10% discount on all our summer short courses, to University of Oxford Alumni.  We have an exciting selection of courses to offer you, so if you are planning on returning to the city, come and visit the Ruskin and explore your creative skills!  Information about our courses can be found here:

In order to fulfil the discount criteria, you will need to present your OU Alumni card on the first day of the course.  Details about how to apply for an alumni card is offered via this link:

If you wish to return to visit the Ruskin, to hear more about our projects or to share your news, do get in touch with the alumni coordinator Juliet Franks at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 



Alumni Programme
Thu 29 November - Thu 28 February
Thu 24 May 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Sun 13 May 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 03 May - Fri 04 May
Fri 06 April - Sat 19 May
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