Degrees and Diplomas

School of Conservation

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.

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School of Conservation Programmes

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 Management
2 years, part-time

Graduate Diploma
1 academic year, full-time, in:

FdA Historic Craft Practices
2 academic years, full-time, in:

View the School of Conservation Prospectus 2019/20

School of Arts

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.

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School of Arts Programmes

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
2 academic years, full-time

MA Creative Writing and Publishing
2 academic years, part-time

Graduate Diploma Visual Arts
1 academic year, full-time

Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts (DACC)
10 three-day intensive blocks of study taken each academic year

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD)
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 Musical Instruments
2 academic years, full-time

View the School of Arts Prospectus 2019/20

"West Dean is a unique and surreal place... an excellent place to come to expand and challenge your practice."

Lotti Closs, MFA (Sculpture)

Applying and entry

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.

The deadline for Conservation of Books and Library Materials applications for 2019 entry is 1 February 2019.

The deadline for all other applications for 2019 entry is 1 March 2019. Later course applications will be considered if there are still places available.

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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. Find out about Bursaries and Scholarships here

Accommodation options can be found here

"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

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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Find out about funding opportunities