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. Find out more at one of our upcoming Q&A sessions.

Degrees and Diplomas - excellence in arts and conservation

Studying 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. Benefit from exceptional facilities, talented tutors and small class sizes. Many past students work with collections and museums of international significance or pursue their creative practice. The College is 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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Nourish your mind on a short course

It’s been shown that getting creative can work wonders for your mental health. Join us to paint, sew, sculpt, forge and express yourself on one of 500+ short courses. 

Learn new skills or develop existing talents, with courses from beginner to advanced with expert tutors, from 1-5 days in length. Learn a new skill from home with our online arts and craft courses

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KLC School of Design - part of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Our School of Design

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation merged with the KLC School of Design on 31 July 2021. Combining our strengths, we are in a better position to meet the fast-changing needs of students, the industries we serve and the rapidly changing world beyond.

Students will also be offered greater choice in their studies going forward, with a wider range of courses in complementary subjects. The focus will remain firmly on fostering creative excellence and innovation, providing the ideal setting for students to acquire and apply the skills needed for successful careers in the arts, conservation and design industries.

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A conservation student working on a model clipper boat in the furniture conservation workshop

Degrees and Diplomas

Learn more about our accredited arts and conservation courses to start or progress your career

Embroidery class with Hilary Simon

Short Courses

Make time to make - Choose from 500+ new arts and craft courses available to book online now

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School of Arts Blog

RESOLVE Collective: LIDO exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion

Posted on 17th May 2022

LIDO, an exhibition by interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE, opens at De La Warr Pavillion in May. The exhibition is part of What The Wild Things Are, an artist research collaboration between RESOLVE, Wellcome Collection, De La Warr Pavilion and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

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School of Conservation Blog

A Boss worth Battling for!

Posted on 19th April 2022

MA Conservation Studies student Carola, who specialises in Metalwork, considers how best to preserve a heavily corroded shield boss belonging to Worthing Museum.

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