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Craft Practices - Clocks
Equip yourself for a career in clock making and working with
dynamic objects by acquiring the practical and technical skills,
the theory, principles and techniques used in historic horological
manufacture. The programme begins with practical exercises to help
you establish hand and machine tool skills relating to historic
craft practices in clock-making.
You will make your own clock before working on a range of historic clocks; this bench-based activity is integrated with theory and professional practice. Learn how to combine and use this knowledge when making treatment decisions as a professional practitioner.
You can expect
You will work in our specialist clocks workshop with access to a well-equipped analytical laboratory. Collaboration with other craft practices specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment. Facilities include:
The on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books and journals within your reach and you can access specialist databases in the IT suite.Find out more about the facilities
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, external trips and visits, and workshop practicals. In addition, you will have personal tutorials with your subject tutor.
At level 4 you typically have around 18-19 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
At level 5 you typically have around 16-17 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
Level 4: 53% of your time is spent in scheduled
teaching and learning activity
Scheduled teaching and learning: 633 hours
Independent learning: 567 hours
Level 5: 50% of your time is spent in scheduled
teaching and learning activity
Scheduled teaching and learning: 600 hours
Independent learning: 600 hours
UCAS tariff points: 120 Completion of a level 3 qualification, for example: A-Levels, BTEC or Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Applicants can be considered if they can provide evidence of prior learning with an appropriate portfolio of work. You will be invited to a Portfolio interview.
International applicants should provide a digital portfolio, evidence of English language ability to Level B2 (IELTS 6.0), as well as equivalent level 3 qualifications.
Course fees are the same for UK and international students
Included is mandatory study trip costs of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study.
Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional. Find out more
Student scholarships and bursaries
Scholarship and bursary awards are available for students who have accepted an offer to study at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Applicants for a scholarship award should show outstanding potential and a commitment to their studies and future career in their chosen subject. Applicants for a bursary award are required to demonstrate financial need.
Graduates go on to work as clockmakers and designers, repairers, restorers, sellers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession and interest nationally and internationally in clocks.
"For me one of the best things about studying at West Dean College is the inter-disciplinary nature of the place. The fact that as a 1st year student with relatively little experience I'm getting to work alongside MA students and learn from what they're doing. I can experience the things that they are experiencing and also the fact that I can augment my research by speaking to students from entirely different disciplines."
Dale, FdA Historic Craft Practices - Clocks
Alumnus George de Fossard - creator of The Solar Time Clock - shares his career path
"I came to West Dean to study the conservation and restoration of antique clocks, my dad was a clockmaker and when I was growing up, I used to spend hours tinkering in his workshop and making things on his lathe.
I studied for two years at West Dean and in my second year, I spent my evenings and weekends designing and building my first clock. It was a busy year, but it made me realise that clock making, rather than restoration, was what I really wanted to do with my career."Read the full alumni interview
Subject Leader, Clocks (and Related Objects)
Malcolm's extensive experience in private practice, as well as the heritage sector/museums, lies behind his in-depth understanding of the profession. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of traditional craft skills, theory and contextual history. He also has an interest in new and innovative ways of applying conservation to mechanical objects.
Subject Leader FdA Historic Craft Practices
Nick specialises in instruments inspired by Viennese guitars of the early and mid-nineteenth century, including those with extra bass strings, and the mid-twentieth-century guitars of the North American 'golden era' of acoustic guitar making. In recent years his passion has led to him studying the instrument's development and societal history.
Tim Hughes MBHI, clock maker, trained at West Dean College and works as a clockmaker and scientific instrument restorer, and as external consultant at Bellmans Auctioneers. He has received several awards, including the Trustees' Prize while at West Dean college and a QEST Scholarship. He is a member of the British Horological institute (MBHI), Antiquarian Horological Society and the Scientific Instrument Society. He also works at J.E. Allnut's assisting apprentice and work experience students.
Geoff Allnutt - J E Allnutt & Son
Tobias Birch - Tobias Birch Antique Clocks
If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.