Explore your study options from short courses through to Foundation, Diploma and Masters degrees. Students achieve ground-breaking work in visual arts or craft 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 near Chichester 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 here 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.

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College Blog

Salon Imaginaire #2 - Collectress and Sonic Pleasure

Posted on 16th October 2018

This live concert features performances by some of the most imaginative music makers working today. Collectress are a quartet whose collective ethos, aesthetic and approach is inspired and informed by the practices which complement their performing lives. Sonic Pleasure is famed for her unique crafting of sound from bricks and masonry, reducing much of her instrumentation to dust by the end of a concert.

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Open Day - register today

Come and find out what makes West Dean College such an amazing place to study. Explore the studios, take a tour with students, discuss your study options, and find out about funding at our next Open Days on:

Friday 7 December 2018
Saturday 9 February 2019


Suitable for Foundation Degree, Diploma and Masters.

Register your place online and find out more