Explore your study options from short courses 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. Students can expect a creative environment with a forward thinking approach, professional connections and strong focus on craft techniques in a variety of subject specialisms. Many alumni work with collections and museums of international significance or pursue their creative practice. 

You can expect exceptional facilities, talented tutors and small class sizes. The College is in West 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.

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School of Arts Blog

Mark-making and materials: Short course

Posted on 16th March 2020

Mixed Media Artist and FDAD Alumni Helen Frost has written a blog post about the mark-making and materials short course she recently attended at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

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School of Conservation Blog

Conservation of a Thonet 'No.28' chair

Posted on 24th March 2020

As part of his studies, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies student David Edwards has been working on the conservation of a Thonet ‘No.28’ chair, which is owned by the Edward James Foundation. 

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