Short Courses

Short Courses

Press Release: Make your own unique Christmas gifts this Autumn

Posted on 12th November 2019

It’s not long until Christmas, and we all start to worry what to buy the person who has everything! West Dean College of Arts and Conservation offers a wide variety of short courses (ranging from one to four days) that gives the opportunity to make a one-off item, or by giving a place on a course - a friend or family member could start 2020 by learning a new skill and feeling a sense of accomplishment. There are over 800 courses to choose from every year ranging from millinery to blacksmithing to painting to basket making.

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    Press Release: Christmas At West Dean

    Posted on 16th October 2019

    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and West Dean Gardens near Chichester, West Sussex will be holding a variety of Christmas-related short courses in November and December. While at West Dean, it’s worth visiting the Gardens shop – which is brimming with unique Christmas present ideas and the Gardens Restaurant will be offering a delicious traditional three course Christmas lunches.

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    Press Release: Perfect timing to start thinking about learning a new skill for 2020?

    Posted on 25th September 2019

    As we ease into Autumn we need to have something to look forward to and inspire us into the Winter months. West Dean College of Arts and Conservation's programme of short courses from October 2019 - March 2020 is now live online, and among the 430 courses on offer are 89 new ones. Trends this season include the Autumn landscape, re-using and extending the life of materials, and courses inspired by the earth during with an Earth Matters week of courses in February.

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    Press Release: Escape from it all at West Dean

    Posted on 10th May 2019

    One-week summer schools in July and August allow students to learn a new skill; relax in stunning surroundings; share ideas and even have yoga sessions in the historic house. The height of summer in the rolling Sussex Downs attracts those looking for a break with a creative edge and the chance to learn a new skill and relax in stunning surrounds at West Dean College of Art and Conservation

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    Press Release: West Dean College of Arts & Conservation Announces New Short Courses For Autumn/Winter

    Posted on 25th July 2018

    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces a series of new short courses for Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 for anyone with a desire to unlock their creative potential. There are 400 inspiring courses to choose from, from popular crafts such as pottery, furniture-making and painting, to jewellery, gardening and photography courses that capture the autumn season with prize-winning tutors.

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    Press release: Building Conservation Specialist Appointed Subject Leader at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

    Posted on 2nd March 2018

    Catherine Woolfitt ACR MCIfA MA Classics MA Art Conservation has been appointed the new Subject Leader Historic Building Conservation and Repair at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. She has worked on high profile and challenging projects in the conservation of built heritage for 25 years, in the UK and overseas, also lecturing for the past twenty years.

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    Press Release: Unlocking Your Potential in 2018

    Posted on 16th January 2018

    100+ New Short Courses announced by West Dean College of Arts & Conservation

    'Explore the changing colours, textures and shapes as Spring turns into Summer and the longer, lighter days allow more time for creativity' Alison Baxter, Head of School of Arts

    Basket making to botanical drawing, photography to furniture making, the 400 (including 109 new) Spring/Summer 2018 Short Courses just released by West Dean College of Arts & Conservation have something for anyone with a desire to unlock their creative potential this year. In the beautiful surroundings of the West Sussex countryside, everybody, from complete beginner to seasoned practitioner, can learn to create, craft and grow under the tuition of expert professionals in their fields.

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    Press Release: The Art of Autumn - New Short Courses at West Dean College

    Posted on 19th July 2017

    More of us are opting to enrich our lives through arts and craft practices, unlocking creativity as well as escaping the pressures of daily life. This is exactly what the new Autumn/Winter short course programme at West Dean College aims to deliver; a way to find a new craft or develop an existing skill, all the while enhancing quality of life.

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