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.

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Be inspired by one of 300+ short courses. Learn new skills or develop existing talents, with courses from beginner to advanced with expert tutors. Choose a one day course and visit for the day, or stay longer on our 2-5 day courses. We look forward to welcoming you back into the workshops and studios.

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Studying for your degree or diploma could be life-changing and applications are still open for September 2020 entry. 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. Benefit from exceptional facilities, talented tutors and small class sizes. Many alumni work with collections and museums of international significance or pursue their creative practice. 

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 creativity.

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School of Arts Blog

The Edward James Archive: eclectic, educational and international

Posted on 25th September 2020

A key milestone in the project to catalogue the Edward James Archive has been reached with the completion of the first section, the Cultural Papers, and work is progressing on the important Biographical and Personal section. Read the latest update from West Dean College's Archive team.

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