Sculpture students at West Dean College are given the time and space to develop an independent and informed understanding of sculptural practice. With an emphasis on making that incorporates established and experimental approaches to sculpture, the combination of large studios and an outdoor sculpture courtyard make it possible for students to realise ambitious work. Students are also given the opportunity to explore
site-specific contexts, with access to a number of different environments across the College grounds.
The programme is underpinned by an engagement with theoretical considerations regarding visual culture, aesthetics and philosophy, allowing students to develop an informed understanding of how their work relates to current and historical practice.The programme is delivered through a
combination of studio work, seminars and lectures, workshops and tutorials, critical sessions and professional development.
A student's perspective:
I studied a BA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2009, and then spent a couple of years working as an independent artist.I decided I needed to further my education so I could get more experience in professional practice. West Dean drew me because it is interdisciplinary and gives us flexibility in using different materials and workshops. I loved the availability of the short courses and workshops – I’ve done carving polystyrene, mould making and working with plaster. There are lots of experts at West Dean. You can always track down someone who knows, which is very useful if a material is new to you. I don’t live on site, I come in from Brighton every day. It is very easy and I still feel very much part of everything here. We all work closely together and the tutors are excellent, incredibly supportive and knowledgeable about contemporary art practice. I found out about West Dean through word of mouth, but more people need to know it is here because the facilities are world class and the studio spaces are great compared to most London schools. The professional practice will help me continue as a working artist when I leave. Lotti Closs, MFA (Sculpture)