Online hub

Welcome to the online hub, where you will find digital resources and information to connect with the College and tutors, providing ideas and expertise for you to join in at home. 

See our latest coronavirus update

Join the community on social media

Our social media is full of developments from the West Dean community. Follow #westdeantogether for inspiration and to join the creative conversation. Maybe your own work will help inspire others? 

Learning in lockdown

Face-to-face teaching may be temporarily suspended but we now have 50+ tutorials on Youtube. These bite-size tutorials from the College’s expert Short Course Tutors will keep you connected with creativity and each other, and provide inspiration while we all stay at home.

Many of the tutorials focus on materials you may already have and more demonstrations are being released daily; try drawing a charcoal self-portrait (why not challenge friends and family to draw live via video call), explore botanical painting, fill a sketchbook with mixed media collages, get to grips with using flash on your DSLR camera or learn the basics of crochet. 

See demos on Youtube

Sketchbook Project

Get involved and be inspired to join in at home. Follow our Sketchbook Project on social media to get regular inspiration from the Gardens which can be used to draw, paint, stitch or print using the colours, textures and shapes from the images in your work. See the full details for weeks one - five on Facebook or Instagram. You can also find further information and ideas for week two on the School of Arts blog.

Join the conversation and share your creative responses on social media tagging @westdeancollege and @westdeangardens and using #westdeantogether. 

Sketchbook Project inspiration and responses

Week one
Week one
Credit @orieljewellery (Pippa Hufton)
Credit @orieljewellery (Pippa Hufton)
Fritillery by Janet Price
Wire fritillery by Julia Oh
Week two
Week two
Week three
Silk painting by Julia Oh
Week four
Week four
Week five
Week five
Week five
Week five

Creative writing exercises

To keep us inspired, Creative Writing and Publishing Subject Leader Mark Radcliffe has put together a series of 15 minute creative writing exercises. These prompts, tips and ideas are designed to encourage us to explore our imaginations and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Download your daily exercises:

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5

Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10

Degree and Diploma courses

Students are currently learning remotely and because our class sizes are small it helps to keep class dynamics working. MFA student Philippa Clarke has been responding to everyday life in isolation with daily drawings, including this sketch of an online lecture.

Discover degrees & diplomas

Take a virtual tour

If you aren't able to visit us or want to take another look around then take a virtual tour. Explore the degree and diploma studios, workspaces and communal areas of the College to get a feel for what it's like to study here.

Take a tour