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The School of Conservation offers you a dynamic, internationally connected and respected learning environment. Conservation graduates from West Dean College are amongst the most sought-after in their field.
MA Conservation Studies
1 calendar year (46 weeks), full-time
Specialisms include; Books and Library Materials, Ceramics and Related Materials, Clocks and Related Objects, Furniture and Related Objects, and Metalwork.
MA Collections Care and Conservation
2 years, part-time
Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies
1 academic year, full-time, specialising in:
Apply now: we are still accepting applications for 2019 entry. West Dean College Bursary applications are still being accepted. Bursary details and application forms
Explore and expand your work in a uniquely immersive environment with its own connections to art history. School of Arts students enjoy exceptional studio space, and benefit from the heritage of founder and Surrealist patron, Edward James.
Master of Fine Art (MFA)
2 academic years, full-time
MA Creative Writing and Publishing
2 academic years, part-time
Graduate Diploma Fine Art
1 academic year, full-time
Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts
10 three-day intensive blocks of study taken each academic year
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
10 short courses taken over 2 years, part-time
Foundation Diploma in Tapestry Weaving
2 year, part-time course - Awarded by West Dean College
FdA Historic Craft Practices
2 academic years, full-time, in:
"West Dean is a unique and surreal place... an excellent place to come to expand and challenge your practice."Lotti Closs, MFA (Sculpture)
As there are limited places available on each course, we encourage you to apply early and to explore your funding options early. Full entry requirements are detailed on each specific programme page.
Apply now: we are still accepting applications for all subjects for 2019 entry
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for UK/EU and international students are indicated on each programme page.
How you fund your study is an important consideration. A number of scholarships and bursary funds are administered by the college and students can also approach other organisations directly. Approximately 60% of our students receive some level of funding. The deadline for funding applications is 1 April 2019.
"West Dean's practice-based learning has enabled me to fine tune my hand skills while giving me a strong foundation in ethics, science, and research to feel confident about the decisions I make for each object."Tamsen Dippel, Postgraduate Diploma/MA Conservation Studies