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If you are a graduate with a good first degree in your chosen specialism
Master of Arts (MA) Degrees - an
internationally recognised postgraduate qualification (180 credits
at Level 7), validated by the University of Sussex.
MA Conservation Studies is one calendar year full time (46 taught weeks). Students choose from one of the following pathway specialisms yet interdisciplinary work is also involved: Books and Library Materials, Ceramics and Related Objects, Clocks and Related Objects, Furniture and Related Objects, Metalwork. All disciplines are accessible from both humanities and science backgrounds. If your background is in an unrelated field please see the Graduate Diploma (below) which provides a transition into Conservation Studies.
MA Collections Care and Conservation Management, and MA Creative Writing and Publishing are 2 academic years part-time.
Master of Fine Art (MFA) - an internationally recognised professional qualification in Fine Art practice. (240 credits at Level 7). Validated by the University of Sussex.
Apply directly for the MFA, or extend your study by a year on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts.
If you are a graduate from an unrelated discipline
Graduate Diploma - validated by the University
of Sussex (Level 6 award).The Graduate Diploma prepares you with
the practical and academic skills for postgraduate study in
conservation or fine art.
If you want to attain high level hand skills and aim to set up your own workshop or work in the trade
Foundation Degree (FdA) - validated by the University of Sussex (Level 5 award).
"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
Explore and expand your work in a uniquely immersive environment with its own connections to art history. Students enjoy exceptional studio space and support and undertake original theoretical research to inform practice, benefitting from the heritage of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James.
"West Dean is a unique and surreal place... an excellent place to come to expand and challenge your practice."Lotti Closs, MFA (Sculpture), shortlisted for the 2014 Bloomberg New Contemporaries
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.
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
Research is essential in underpinning the college's academic
ambitions, helping West Dean to be at the forefront of the
specialisms it supports, positively impacting it as a teaching and
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