Why study at West Dean College?

Whether you're looking for a short course or a postgraduate degree programme, here at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation we're proud to offer:

  • Talented tutors
  • A low student to tutor ratio
  • Exceptional studio space and fully equipped workshops
  • Strong connections in the heritage and arts sectors
  • Extended studio access 7 days a week
  • Bursary and scholarship opportunities
  • Degrees and diplomas are validated by the University of Sussex
  • Fantastic facilities - including exhibition space, a specialist arts and conservation library, an analytical laboratory and an artist-in-residence programme

If you're considering a degree or diploma, register for the next Open Day and see for yourself what makes West Dean College such an amazing place to study.

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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School of Arts

A rich, immersive environment awaits in the School of 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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Apply now for Degree and Diploma study

Applications are welcome from UK/EU and International students.

The deadline for applications for 2019 entry is 1 March 2019 (with the exception of Conservation of Books and Library Materials, which is 1 February 2019).

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