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.

Study at West Dean College

You can expect a creative environment with a forward thinking approach, strong professional connections and a rich heritage of creativity.

Small classes, talented tutors, exceptional studios and facilities offer a rich study experience. Our postgraduate and Masters degrees are awarded by the University of Sussex.

The college is set in historic West Dean House in Sussex, 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, whether on a short course or full-time, can be life-changing. Alumni can be found in prestigious heritage organisations worldwide or pursuing their creative practice.

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The West Dean College European Study Trip 2017

Posted on 28th March 2017

Great images from our Conservation and Creative Arts students from their recent European study tour. Visits included Gravensteen Castle en route to Amsterdam, the Het Loo Paleis, Apeldoorn, Boijman's "Mad About Surrealism," exhibition in Rotterdam.

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