Why study at West Dean College?

We're proud to offer:

  • Degrees and diplomas are validated by the University of Sussex
  • A low student-to-staff ratio
  • A 36 week academic year
  • Extended studio access 7 days a week
  • Exceptional studio space and fully equipped workshops
  • Bursary and scholarship opportunities
  • Strong connections in the heritage and arts sectors
  • Facilities including exhibition space, a specialist arts and conservation library, an analytical laboratory and an artist-in-residence programme

"As a student you can expect a rich learning experience in a diverse and unique environment that will challenge you whilst exposing you to a stimulating mix of ideas and knowledge. The programmes have a strong practical as well as academic focus and our tutors are experts in their fields. You will have access to exciting projects, develop your skills, collaborate across disciplines and have the opportunity to gain a qualification to further your employment opportunities or support your personal goals."

Francine Norris BA (Hons) MA FRSA, Director of Education

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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Music Study and Events

West Dean College has a dynamic and creative music community that attracts students with a passion for music who are ready to channel that interest into instrument making or playing.

You can study for a Foundation degree full-time, or enrol on a music short course. Our talented team of tutors are specialist musical instrument makers and musicians ready to help you make new discoveries and develop your skills.

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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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