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.

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 alumni work with collections and museums of international significance or pursue their creative practice. 

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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Be inspired by one of 300+ 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 new online courses. We look forward to seeing you in the workshops and studios again soon. 

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School of Arts Blog

Writer-in-Residence Yvvette Edwards

Posted on 8th January 2021

In our latest blog, Writer-in-Residence Yvvette Edwards, reflects on her time at West Dean: a creatively inspiring experience in ‘one of the whitest spaces I’ve ever stayed in’. Her thoughts on hypervisibility during her stay offers an open and honest insight into her experience as a Black author, and we thank Yvvette for sharing this with us.

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