Open Days

West Dean College is internationally recognised for conservation and creative arts education. It is a centre of excellence and collaboration. Discover the unique creative atmosphere for yourself at the next Open Day.

Friday 2 December 2016
Saturday 4 February 2017

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Why come to Open Day?

School of Creative Arts

• Explore the bright and airy studios with dedicated work areas
• See the exhibition spaces
• Connect with programme leaders and meet current students
• Get a feel for the immersive creative atmosphere

School of Conservation

• See the workshops alive with current projects
• View your individual bench space
• Explore the Analytical Laboratory and facilities
• Meet programme leaders and chat to current students

All students

• Tour the student accommodation and library
• Glimpse the historic interiors used for site-specific work
• Chat with current students about student life, opportunities and clubs
• Discuss your funding options

If you would like to arrange a visit or have any other questions about visits or open days, please contact the Registry Office on + 44 (0) 1243 818 291 or

Your study options

Open Day is your opportunity to explore the courses and subject specialisms and ask in-depth questions of tutors, students and programme leaders.

Use our course search or take a look at our prospectus to see your full study options.

Funding advice

"Funding made studying at West Dean possible for me and it has been totally worth it. I advise any student not to be put off by the fees as it is all possible." Fons Vogel, Professional Development Diploma, Musical Instruments

Speak to dedicated staff about your funding options and ask current students about their experiences.

New Postgraduate loans

If you are a UK student and plan to take a postgraduate Master's course you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

Student Life and Accommodation

Events, clubs, societies and 6,000 acres of parkland to discover make for a unique student life. See where you'll be living on a tour of the accommodation at Open Day.

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Transport and Travel

West Dean College is 6 miles north of Chichester, 12 miles from the coast and a 30 minute car journey from the Portsmouth cross-channel ferries. There is easy road access from London (65 miles) and Heathrow and Gatwick. Open day and visitor parking is available in front of the College.

The number 60 bus leaves Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station) every half hour Mondays to Fridays and passes the College gates.

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We look forward to welcoming you.

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us