West Dean College is internationally recognised for conservation and creative arts. It has one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public. A unique place to study, visit or stay, it is a centre of excellence, creativity and tranquility. Underpinning it all is the vision of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James, connecting today's students and visitors with a rich heritage of arts, craft and creative possibility.

Who we are

West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation, a registered charity which also comprises West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studios.

The Foundation's mission is to provide, through West Dean College, the highest quality education in creative arts and conservation and be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence.

Through our work we aim to inspire creativity, champion traditional art & craft practices and advance the care of heritage objects.

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Work for us

Exciting and flexible employment opportunities, excellent employee benefits, a rich creative heritage and beautiful surroundings make West Dean an inspiring place to work. If you feel you meet the person specification for any of our vacancies, we would love to hear from you.

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Film crew media

Our media office connects journalists, television producers and bloggers to news and developments about conservation and creative arts projects, research, events, garden news and more at West Dean.

West Dean offers many opportunities for film production companies.

"Thanks so much for everyone's effort to make our filming possible... excellent organisation before and on the day... we all considered the West Dean shoot a high point of the series so far. It was particularly great to be able get the shoot done on time and not leave people standing around for too long." BBC Two Producer

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The West Dean Estate

The Estate that includes West Dean College and West Dean Gardens is situated a few miles north of Chichester on the western South Downs, stretching 6 miles (9 kilometres) from the southern shallow 'dip' slope to the northern steep 'scarp' slope.

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Support Us

West Dean College was founded thanks to the vision of one extraordinary man, Edward James, who was determined to keep traditional heritage and craft skills alive.

Today we run a world class education programme thanks to the continuing vision of many extraordinary colleagues, friends and donors who support our work.

If you share our passion for conservation and the arts, and for our tranquil and inspiring gardens and grounds, please consider becoming more involved.

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Support West Dean College

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us