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. Find out more at one of our Virtual Open Days.

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 the former home of Edward James; poet, artist, designer, and patron of the Surrealist Movement, and is an inspirational setting for creativity.

Degree and Diploma Virtual Open Days

November is Virtual Open Month. Hear from our course leaders, current students and our admissions team. Register your place today

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Make time to make on a short course

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 online arts and craft courses. We look forward to seeing you in the workshops and studios again soon. 

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KLC School of Design - part of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Our School of Design

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has merged with the KLC School of Design on 31 July 2021. Combining our strengths, we are in a better position to meet the fast-changing needs of students, the industries we serve and the rapidly changing world beyond.

Students will also be offered greater choice in their studies going forward, with a wider range of courses in complementary subjects. The focus will remain firmly on fostering creative excellence and innovation, providing the ideal setting for students to acquire and apply the skills needed for successful careers in the arts, conservation and design industries.

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Degrees and Diplomas

Learn more about our accredited arts and conservation courses to start or progress your career

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Short Courses

Make time to make - Choose from 500+ new arts and craft courses available to book online now

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Virtual Open Day - register today

Find out what makes West Dean College of Arts and Conservation such an amazing place to study. Discuss your study options with our tutors, hear from students, and ask our admissions team any questions about applying. The next Virtual Open Days are on: 

Wednesday 10, 17 and 24 November 2021

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School of Arts Blog

School of Conservation Blog

In conversation with Dr David Farrell

Posted on 23rd September 2021

We sat down with Building Conservation Masterclass tutor David Farrell to talk about his career and memories of the College ahead of his retirement from the industry and teaching. 

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