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 here on one of our 800 short courses or 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. Many alumni work with collections and museums of international significance or pursue their creative practice. 

You can expect exceptional facilities, talented tutors and small class sizes. 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 study, creativity and innovation.

School of Arts Blog

Making a Violin Scroll

Posted on 6th February 2020

In this blog post, FdA Historic Craft Practices – Musical Instruments student Evelien Heeres writes about her process of carving a Violin Scroll.

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School of Conservation Blog

Modifying a spokeshave for paring leather

Posted on 5th February 2020

MA Conservation Studies: Books and Library Materials student Emma Lau writes about learning the principles of sharpening and using basic machineries to produce an English paring knife, and how this lead her to modify a spokeshave for paring leather.

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