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.

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College Blog

Cataloguing the Edward James Archive

Posted on 13th February 2018

The cataloguing of Edward James's unique personal archive has recently begun. The focus of this project will be the Cultural Papers, a diverse and illuminating body of material with content ranging over many areas of the creative arts including visual art, literature, music and ballet.

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School of Conservation Blog

Give Them an Inch

Posted on 16th February 2018

Most people know that the metric system was introduced in France, associated with the whirlwind of new legislation and standards that followed the French Revolution. However, it is less obvious why this occurred, and why it occurred in France rather than in England or elsewhere.

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West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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