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Accessibility and Useful Information

  • The College is a large historic building with several changes in floor area.
  • Adaptations have been made to enable those with disabilities to attend courses.
  • If you have any access or other concerns please indicate these on your booking form and give details on a separate confidential sheet. Alternatively contact the Bookings Office on 01243 818314 to discuss your individual requirements.
  • There is one twin en-suite bedroom in the Main House adapted for wheelchair users which is accessible by lift.
  • A lift gives access to some bedrooms on the second floor which are suitable for visitors with limited mobility but not for wheelchair users.
  • The two first-floor Art Studios in the College are reached by a single flight of stairs or a stair-lift.

Useful Information

  • Pets, other than assistance dogs, cannot be accommodated at the College. Dogs must not be left in vehicles in the College car park at any time.
  • Mobile phone reception for some networks is limited both in and around the College.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any College building or in the courtyard eating area.
  • Vegetarian options are available at every mealtime. Please note we cannot cater for strict vegans.
  • West Dean Stores is a short walk from the college. Opening times Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm (Tuesday closing at 1pm) Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm and Sunday 8.30am - 1pm.

Usual Timetable

  • Arrival Day 1
    4.00pm Arrival for residential students. Non-residential students arrive (by 6.45pm) for welcome chat and dinner.
    7.00pm Dinner
    8 - 9pm First teaching session.

  • Daily timetable
    9.15am Morning classes
    10.30am Coffee
    11.00am Classes
    12.45pm Lunch
    2.00pm Afternoon classes
    3.30pm Tea
    5.00pm Classes finish
    7.00pm Dinner
    8pm Evening working - students may have evening access to certain workshops in the absence of their tutor, but only with their tutor's permission and provided it is safe to do so.

  • Departure - last day
    9.15am Morning classes
    10.00am Residential students asked to vacate rooms
    10.30 Morning Coffee
    11.00 Classes
    3.00pm Classes finish
    3.30pm Tea then departure Some courses and lectures follow different timetables. Details are sent with booking confirmation.

Studios and Workshops

Please note that The Forge, The Orangery and the Sculpture Courtyard are not in the main College building. The Orangery is situated in the gardens 25 metres from the house; the Forge and Sculpture Courtyard are part of the Sussex Barn complex approximately 8 minutes walk from the main College building.

Materials and Equipment

Our workshops and studios are all well equipped - Art Studios have easels, drawing boards and portable equipment. Our other specialist workshops - metal, pottery, woodworking - have appropriate tools and equipment for many activities.

In the course details, received in your booking confirmation pack, or accessible on our website, you are given a detailed list of materials and equipment which are needed for each course.

In some courses part, or occasionally all, of these costs are included in the fees. The course details also list the materials/equipment that will be stocked in our CRAFT SHOP for your course - it is often best to wait and discuss requirements with the tutor before purchasing specific items.

Any items that are best brought with you (eg jam jars) are also listed separately.

Please remember that on practical courses you will often need to purchase materials throughout the course to complete projects- eg silver on jewellery courses, paints etc.

All Personal Protection Equipment appropriate for each activity is supplied by the College except footwear - steel capped boots are required for courses held in the Forge.

Overseas Students

New UK immigration rules state that if you plan to engage in any kind of study while in the UK you should now enter as a student and not as a tourist.

If you are studying in this country for less than six months and are a non-visa national, you may apply for a Student Visitor Visa before arriving in the UK or you may apply for entry clearance as a Student Visitor when you arrive at a UK airport.

There are conditions for both methods, and we strongly recommend that you consult the UK Border Agency website or straight to the Studying in the UK page.

This will give you full details and gives you a list of the documents and evidence that you will need to produce to confirm your student and financial status.

If you need any further guidance, the website for the UK Council for International Student Affairs is a good source of information.

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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