Degrees and Diplomas

Whether you are exploring your options for a Foundation degree, diploma or postgraduate study to Masters level, you can expect a rich learning experience that will equip you with advanced practical skills. Our low student-to-staff ratio (average 8:1) means there is a great degree of individual tuition.

Open debate and exchange of ideas and information is encouraged, ensuring West Dean College alumni are amongst the leading practitioners in their field.

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Short courses

With the right teacher, a passion or an interest can be transformed into a deep and creative learning experience. Be inspired by expert tutors, practising professionals with impressive reputations.

Learn a range of art and craft techniques in our fully-equipped studios and workshops, with a pottery, forge, fine metals workshop, light and airy art studios, sculpture courtyard and stone carving workshop.

Release your creativity on a short course

School of Conservation

The School of Conservation offers a dynamic, internationally connected and respected learning environment. Conservation graduates from West Dean College are amongst the most sought-after in their field.

You will have the opportunity to engage in your chosen specialism: Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture, Metals or Collections Care and study up to MA level. A close proximity to other programmes and an increasing focus on research allows for cross-discipline study and support in a rich collaborative environment.

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Conservation Short Courses

Conservation CPD qualifications and courses

Designed for professional conservators to refresh skills and update knowledge of developments in materials and techniques. West Dean College has joined with other institutions to develop these short courses (3, 4 or 5 days). Collaboration with relevant specialists and organisations ensures participants benefit from the highest levels of expertise.

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School of Creative Arts

A rich, immersive environment awaits in the School of Creative Arts. Study options range from art and craft short courses for beginners and advanced creatives, to Foundation and Postgraduate Diplomas, MA or MFA.

You will develop advanced making and craft skills and nurture your creative talent in specialist workshops and studios. Full-time students will also undertake original theoretical research to inform practice, benefitting from the heritage of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James.

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With the right teacher, a passion or interest can be transformed into a deep and absorbing learning experience. The specialist tutors at West Dean College are leaders in their respective fields. All are practicing professionals, sharing their knowledge and experience, and many are internationally acclaimed for their work.

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“In a uniquely immersive environment - with its own conections to art history through the legacy of Edward James - full-time students can dedicate their time to exploring and expanding their work."

Dr David Stent , Visual Arts Programme Leader
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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.

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