Magdalen is situated conveniently close to the Ruskin School of Art and we welcome one or two fine art students each year. The College grounds are some of the most extensive and inspirational in Oxford, with a large deer park, beautiful walks and good architecture from the fifteenth-century cloisters built by William Orchard to Edward Holdsworth’s eighteenth-century New Building.
Although there is no Tutorial Fellow in Fine Art in College, Dr Christine Ferdinand (Fellow Librarian) is on hand to advise and generally look after our art students, a role she shares with Professor Anthony Gardner (Special Lecturer in Fine Art).
Of particular note is the fact that Magdalen has its own dedicated studio for the exclusive use of its fine art students. Furthermore the College hosts the annual Humanitas Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art. The Humanitas Visiting Professor is a distinguished artist with an international reputation, who spends a week giving lectures, running masterclasses and meeting students. Recent recipients of the invitation have included Thomas Struth, Shirin Neshat, William Kentridge and Vik Muniz. Maya Lin will be the Humanitas Visiting Professor in May 2015.
Prospective candidates are warmly invited to attend one of the College’s Open Days, which correspond with Open Days at the Ruskin School of Art.