Duration: eight three-day intensive blocks of study taken over two years, part time

The West Dean College Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts is a two year part-time programme delivered through intensive study blocks throughout the year, through attending short courses to develop skills and through independent study outside attendance at the College. The programme is focused on developing skills essential to the successful development of a sustainable studio practice, both practical and contextual.

You can work across disciplines or choose to specialise in areas such as Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Textiles, Ceramics, Wood, Metal and Jewellery. This course is designed to provide further development for students completing the Foundation Diploma and wishing to progress to professional practice as an artist or to the Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at West Dean.

Programme Content

The curriculum is delivered through eight three-day intensive blocks of study programmed over two years, attendance of short courses, further self-directed study blocks in the dedicated studio space and monthly tutorials with specialist tutors. Course modules cover a programme of critical, practical and theoretical studies across the broad field of contemporary arts and crafts.

Visiting tutors from different specialisms will support students in the development of their skills. Residential modules are supported by selfdirected study offsite and written assignments.

Programme Structure - Year one

Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts - Programme Structure Year one

Programme Structure - Year Two

Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts - Programme Structure Year two

Entry Requirments and Fees

The following qualifications will be considered for entry to the Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts West Dean Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD).

Arts Foundation course A Level 3 Arts Foundation course or equivalent.

Portfolio: presenting a concise overview of the development and current focus of your practice, including sketchbooks, journals, documentation and an example of written work.

Tuition Fees: £4,650


Alison Baxter

Alison Baxter - Programme Co-ordinator

Alison Baxter trained at Middlesex University in jewellery and is currently studying part-time on an MA in textiles. She is Programme tutor for the FDAD and also Head of Creative Enterprise at West Dean College.

Dale Devereux Barker

Dale Devereux Barker studied printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art. His colourful work is exhibited internationally and he has undertaken large scale public art commissions for both public and private clients. Best known as a printmaker using lino, he has pushed the boundaries of this medium into sculpture, vitreous enamel, ceramic and the artists book.

Freya Pocklington

Freya trained at Edinburgh College of Art and UAL and teach at GOSH, V&A and as a lecturer. My drawings have been shown in the RSA, Mall Galleries, Art Below for Frieze, James Freeman Gallery and others. My work is held in the V&A, British Museum, RSA and NOA collections.

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