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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Find out what makes West Dean College of Arts and Conservation such an amazing place to study. Discuss your study options with tutors, learn more in a Q&A session with students, take a virtual tour and find out about funding at our next Virtual Open Day on: 

Wednesday 9 December 2020 10am-12 noon or 5-7pm

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#AskAConservator Day 2020

Posted on 23rd November 2020

On November 18 2020, conservators around the world - including Conservation Students and Tutors from West Dean College of Arts and Conservation - participated in the annual Ask a Conservator day. A day that encourages international collaboration and knowledge exchange using #AskAConservator on social media.

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