Scholarships and Bursaries

We established The West Dean College Scholarship and Bursary Fund to ensure that financial hardship is not a barrier for talented students to study here, and we are grateful to every donor who has made a contribution to the fund.

Gifted conservators, artists and makers come from all over the world to study at West Dean College. Graduating students from our degree and diploma programmes are among the most sought after in their field and regularly go on to work on some of the world's most prestigious collections, and as creators and artists in their own right.

Our extensive range of creative short courses give artists and creators the freedom to develop a rich portfolio of work by exploring new subjects and nurturing existing skills. They help artists focus their future career aspirations and provide continuing professional development opportunities to makers and teachers.

Supporting the next generation

Your gift to the scholarship programme has the potential to changes lives. It will give talented students the opportunity to study at West Dean College without worry of financial problems and ongoing debts.

Together we can support the most talented students today to be the next generation of cultural leaders, makers and conservators.

If you chose to fund an entire scholarship for a student, this can be a very rewarding experience. Your donation or grant can be used to tailor-make a scholarship or bursary to fit your interests e.g. by subject area, or criteria for the Awardee such as academic standards or economic need.

In most cases, you will have opportunity to meet your scholar(s) and follow their progress. We are also able to name a Scholarship or Bursary after an individual or your organisation.

Scholarships can also be endowed if you would like to make a lasting gift to West Dean College in order to fund scholarships or provide a source of funding for a particular study programme over a longer period.

For more information please contact the Development Team on 01243 818256.

Case studies

The Worshipful Company of Skinners' support West Dean students in financial needs across the range of our conservation programmes. Through the Lawrence Atwell Charity they aim to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want. Each year, they support up to four West Dean students with a part scholarship to enable them to complete their studies and enter their chosen profession.

"Since graduating from West Dean College last year, I have been able to find work as a book and paper conservator at Temple Bookbinders in Oxford.

I am very grateful to The Skinners' Company for their funding towards my course. I know for certain that without the postgraduate diploma from West Dean, I would have struggled to get the work I now have, and I have been told by my new employer that the reputation of the college was a significant factor in his decision to take me on." Benjamin Pointer, Skinners Scholar 2013/14

Contact us

For more information please contact the Development Team on 01243 818256.