Explore your study options from short courses and Summer Schools 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. Many alumni are working with collections and museums of international significance or pursuing their creative practice.

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

Apply now: applications open for degree/diploma subjects for September 2019 entry - find out about funding.

School of Arts Blog

Meet the Artists - West Dean Summer Show 2019

Posted on 17th June 2019

The West Dean Summer Show 2019 will showcase original work by emerging artists studying for their Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts, Graduate Diploma and MFA qualifications. The free exhibition, held in the College's Edward James Studios, will display a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles.

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School of Conservation Blog

Reverse engineering a late 16th century wooden-board binding

Posted on 14th June 2019

Book conservators are often faced with the challenge of working with unfamiliar, idiosyncratic, and complex books. In such cases making a model of a binding can be of great benefit and insight into previous binding practices. This is especially true when presented with a book found in a fragmented state.

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