Create memories and masterpieces this Christmas

Give the gift of a new skill this Christmas. If you're looking for gift ideas for creative friends and family, explore our range of arts and craft short courses.

Perhaps you know someone that has always wanted to paint, learn to draw, learn to write fiction? Or maybe you have a creative friend who wants to improve their skills further? Our courses are suitable for all levels of ability and interest, whether that’s exploring a new hobby or developing advanced skills. Plus, for those that prefer to learn at home online creative courses offer an eco-friendly digital option. And if you’re not sure which course they would prefer short course gift vouchers are also available to purchase online so the lucky recipient can decide for themselves. 

You’ll also be supporting our work to preserve skills and teach the artists, craftspeople and conservators of the future. Every penny you spend at the College goes towards our mission to provide the highest quality education and champion traditional art and craft practices. So, by gifting a loved one a creative experience you’ll be making it possible for future generations to benefit from the College too.

Short Courses

Sick of socks? Let them paint, sew, sculpt or forge their own masterpieces on a short course. Gift a break from the day-to-day on a one-day to week-long course in an inspiring setting, with expert tutors and like-minded creatives.

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Online Courses and Craft Boxes

Bring the magic of the college into your home with an online course. A great digital option (no travel needed!) if you’re looking for eco-conscious gifts. Also available with high quality handpicked tools and materials for UK addresses, boxed in recyclable and reusable packaging.

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Gift Vouchers

Spoilt for choice? Let your loved one decide at their leisure with Gift Vouchers. £10, £25, £50 or £100 vouchers are available. They can be used for full or part payment of any course.

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"West Dean is a haven for me. As a busy person working full time, it allows for breathing space to be creative and just to 'take a beat' in life."

Kate, short course student

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