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.

Studying at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

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. 

Or, be inspired by one of our 800 short courses. Learn new skills or develop existing talents, with courses from Beginner to Advanced with expert tutors.

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

Practice drawing at home

Posted on 20th May 2020

In this blog post, MFA Alumna and short course tutor Šárka introduces us to a series of drawing techniques and exercises we can practice at home.

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School of Conservation Blog

Conservation of a singing bird cage automaton

Posted on 20th April 2020

MA Conservation Studies alumni Dale Sardeson talks us through the final year practical project he completed in Summer 2019; the conservation of a singing bird cage automaton from the Edward James Foundation Collection. 

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