Explore your study options from creative short courses and professional development through to Foundation, Diploma and Masters degrees. Students achieve ground-breaking work in visual arts or deploy their skills in the conservation of our national and international cultural heritage.

Studying at West Dean College

You can expect a creative environment with a forward thinking approach, professional connections and a rich heritage of creativity.

Small classes, talented tutors and exceptional facilities offer a rich study experience. Our degrees and diplomas are awarded by the University of Sussex.

The College is set in West Dean in Sussex in the former home of Edward James, poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. It offers an inspirational setting for focused study, creativity and innovation.

Studying at West Dean College on a short course or for your degree or diploma, can be life-changing. Alumni are working with collections and museums of international significance or pursuing their creative practice.

Our next Open Day is Saturday 3 February 2018.

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College Blog

Conservation in Action

Posted on 7th December 2017

Each year, Conservation students at West Dean College have the opportunity to spend two weeks working on live 'Preventative Conservation' projects. Read about one of the projects from 2017.

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School of Conservation Blog

Clock Conservation Project: A.Brocot and Delletrez c.1850

Posted on 28th November 2017

One of my recent projects is a 19th century French clock signed A.Brocot and Delletrez. I found a description of the mechanism in Chavigny's work on the Brocot family, which revealed that a patent was issued for this mechanism in around 1850 by Antoine Brocot.

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Open Day

Foundation Degree, Diploma and Masters - Saturday 3 February 2018

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