Explore your study options from short courses and Summer Schools to Foundation, Diploma and Masters degrees. Students achieve ground-breaking work in arts or craft or apply their skills to the conservation of our national and international cultural heritage.

Studying at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Studying here on one of our 800 short courses or for your degree or diploma could be life-changing. Many alumni are working with collections and museums of international significance or pursuing their creative practice.

You can expect exceptional facilities, talented tutors and small class sizes. The College is in Sussex in the former home of Edward James; poet, artist, designer, and patron of the Surrealist Movement, and is an inspirational setting for study, creativity and innovation.

Apply now: applications open for all degree/diploma subjects for September 2019 entry

School of Arts Blog

Meet the Maker: We Are Mountain

Posted on 9th May 2019

We interview Sophie - designer, screenprinter and owner of 'We Are Mountain' - who'll be joining us at the Arts and Craft Festival, 31 May - 2 June 2019. She tells us about starting up her own company, and what inspires her to design and produce her beautiful prints, tea towels, cards and zipped bags.

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School of Conservation Blog

A stab in the dark: Conserving a mysterious knife at West Dean

Posted on 10th May 2019

Zora Sanders takes us through her investigation into a mysterious knife; as she tries to uncover its origins and purpose.

When I began my studies in Metalwork Conservation at West Dean last October, the first object I was given to treat appeared to be a fairly ordinary knife. Which just goes to show that looks can be deceptive....

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