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Duration: 2 academic years (each 36 weeks) full time

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

  • To develop excellent practical skills through object-based treatments
  • To learn the principles and techniques of historical horological manufacture and repair
  • To work on historic objects

Learning environment

  • High tutor: student ratio
  • Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
  • Stimulating interdisciplinary environment
  • Visits from specialists from the heritage and private sectors
  • Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies

Programme Structure Year 1

Programme Structure Year 1

Programme Structure Year 2

Programme Structure Year 2

Facilities

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.

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.

Entry requirements

An interest in horology and good general education combined with a desire to attain the appropriate level of hand skills.

English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.0 or above.

Fees

UK/EU Fee: £13,560 pa

(Students have the option to pay fees in instalments by term, 2 weeks in advance of term start date).

Currently a third of all tuition fees are met through bursary or scholarship funding.
In 16/17 almost 60% of students were in receipt of some support. Find out about funding here.

Careers

Graduates go on to work as makers, repairers, restorers, teachers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.

Student Comment

"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

Tutors

Malcolm Archer

Malcolm Archer F.B.H.I - 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.

Dr Nicholas Pyall

Programme Co-ordinator 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.

Program advisors

Geoff Allnutt - J E Allnutt & Son

Tobias Birch - Montpellier Clocks

How to apply

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.

+44 (0)1243 818 291

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