Internationally recognised for excellence in conservation and arts education.
94% of students studying at the College* felt their programme had enhanced their skills and abilities. Alumni can be found in prestigious museums and heritage organisations worldwide and as independent conservators, makers, designers or repairers. (*from a 2019 survey of degree and diploma students).
The College offers a rich arts environment and a focus on craft skills with vocational application. Our 36-week academic year and extended hours of student access to workshops and studios are exceptional in Higher Education. Be inspired by the unique historic character and beautiful surroundings of West Dean Gardens.
Learn a new skill or develop your existing talents. The choice of creative short courses ranges from basketmaking to gardening and from photography to textiles. Read more about our short courses
Whether you're looking for a short course, degree or diploma, we're proud to offer:
Applications are welcome from UK, EU and international students.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is a registered provider by the OfS (Office for Students).
The School of Conservation offers a dynamic, internationally connected and respected learning environment. Conservation graduates from the 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. For those already working in the sector, our conservation CPD courses deliver continuing professional development. A close proximity to other programmes and an increasing focus on research allows for cross-discipline study and support in a rich collaborative environment.