Programmes for Study

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Programmes of Study

Edward James, the founder of West Dean College wrote in 1941: "I felt I could do more to alter the face of the world, more to usher in the new world, by spending in my own way – in particular, by fostering any and all creative spirits I could meet with, who had something individually to contribute to the building of that more vivid and more living future..."

Today, West Dean College is still nurturing Edward’s unique legacy, using his remarkable vision as a guide.

West Dean is a small specialist College set in the heart of the 6,400 acre West Dean Estate near Chichester, West Sussex. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the slopes of the South Downs, it is a sensational setting for you to develop your skills.

Conservation programmes

CONSERVATION
MA Conservation Studies - awarded by the University of Sussex
All Postgraduate Diplomas in Conservation disciplines can be extended to an MA by additional units of study and a 10 week extension over the summer.

Conservation of Books and Library Materials
Graduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year
Postgraduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year
MA Conservation Studies - awarded by the University of Sussex - additional units of study and a 10 week extension to your postgraduate year making it 1 calendar year

Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials
Graduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year
Postgraduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year
MA Conservation Studies - awarded by the University of Sussex - additional units of study and a 10 week extension to your postgraduate year making it 1 calendar year

Conservation - Restoration of Clocks
West Dean College Diploma - awarded by West Dean College - 2 academic years

Conservation of Clocks and Related Objects
Graduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year
Postgraduate Diploma awarded by the
University of Sussex - 1 academic year
MA Conservation Studies - awarded by the University of Sussex - additional units of study and a 10 week extension to your postgraduate year making it 1 calendar year

Furniture Restoration Practices
West Dean College Diploma - awarded
by West Dean College - 1 academic year

Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects
Graduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year
Postgraduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year

Conservation of Metalwork
Graduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year
Postgraduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year

Making

Furniture Making
West Dean College Diploma - awarded by West Dean College - 1 academic year

Stringed Musical Instruments
West Dean College Diploma - awarded by West Dean College - 2 academic years
Professional Development Diploma - awarded by West Dean College -
1 academic year

Visual Arts


Painting and Drawing, Sculpture and Tapestry and Textile Art

Graduate Diploma
- awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year

Postgraduate Diploma - awarded by the University of Sussex - 1 academic year

MA Visual Arts - awarded by the University of Sussex - additional units of study and a 10 week extension to your postgraduate year making it 1 calendar year


Master of Fine Art (MFA) - awarded by the University of Sussex - 2 academic years
All of the above Visual Arts Postgraduate
Diplomas can be extended to either the MA or the MFA programmes.


ALL PROGRAMMES
Professional Development Diplomas - awarded by West Dean College -
1 academic year


Foundation Diploma in Art and Design* awarded by West Dean College
2 years part-time maximum

* Note: Not a full-time course, studied part-time through attendance on 10 short courses and a final written essay.

If you are unsure as to what level you are at please complete an application and on receipt our team will contact you to discuss the options.

Advanced skills

West Dean College equips students with advanced level practical skills that are highly sought after by potential employers and for professional practice. The content of the programmes is grounded in practice firmly supported by theory. Our staff to student ratio is exceptional, allowing for high levels of individual tuition and encouraging an open exchange of ideas and information. All our tutors are engaged in research through practice and their work is carried out alongside students in specialist studio-workshops. Open discussion and debate support innovation and the marriage of practical skills with new thinking helps to ensure that our graduates are numbered among the leading practitioners in their fields throughout the world.

A network of contacts

The College has an enviable network of contacts and its reputation helps to ensure that students have the best possible chances of employment at the end of their studies. Organisations such as the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Centre for Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, as well as professional bodies such as the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) help our students to understand the needs of future employers.

Our Tapestry and Textile Art students have the unique opportunity of working in close proximity to the College’s professional commission-based Tapestry Studio, the only one of its kind in England. Our highly skilled weavers are currently working on the production of interpretations of the Hunt of the Unicorntapestries that hang in the Cloisters Museum, New York, as well as innovative new work.

University of Sussex

West Dean College's MA and MFA degrees and graduate and postgraduate diplomas are validated by the University of Sussex.The Universityof Sussex received its Royal Charter in 1961 and has become a leading teaching and research institution, which is regularly ranked in international surveys in the top 12 – 20 universities in the UKand in the top 100 universities globally. Its academic reputation is based on research excellence, internationalism and interdisciplinarity. The University is strongly committed to expanding its local and regional role and a central part of its mission is to contribute to the enhancement of the economic, educational and cultural life of the locality. We have enjoyed a formal and fruitful partnership with the University for over a decade.

How to Find Us

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West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.

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