Open Days

Come and see for yourself why 97% of students would recommend studying at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. (2018 student survey)

Explore the studios, take a tour with students, discuss your study options and find out about funding at our next Open Day on Saturday 9 February, 2019.

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Why come to Open Day?

School of Arts

  • Explore the large studios and great facilities
  • See the exhibition spaces
  • Meet subject leaders and current students
  • Get a feel for the immersive creative atmosphere

View the School of Arts degree and diploma courses

School of Conservation

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

View the School of Conservation degree and diploma courses

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
  • Find out about your funding options

If you have any questions about visits or open days, please contact the Registry Office on 01243 818291 or

Visit the Conservation Ceramics Workshop at Open Day
Meet the students and explore the studios during the Open Day
Degree and Dipoma Open Day at West Dean College

Open Day Programme

Programme School of Arts - Edward James Studios

10.00 Registration and open studios

10.30 - 11.15 Informal presentation in the Auditorium:

  • Welcome and Introduction - Francine Norris, Director of Education
  • Outline of the Fine Art degree and diploma programmes and part-time MA Creative Writing - Alison Baxter, Head of School of Arts
  • Student Talk about Life at West Dean

11.15-12.15 Open studios

12.15-13.00 Tour: Student Accommodation, Library, College. Meeting point: Auditorium.

Open studios throughout the Open Day

14.00 Close

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Programme School of Conservation - Main House

10.00 Registration and open workshops

11.00-11.45 Informal presentation in the Old Library:

  • Welcome and Introduction - Francine Norris, Director of Education
  • Outline of the FdA Historic Craft Practices & the Conservation Programmes - Lizzie Neville, Head of School of Conservation
  • Student Talk about Life at West Dean

11.45-12.30 Open workshops and current projects

12.30-13.00 Tour: Library, College, Student Accommodation. Meeting point: Marble Hall.

Open workshops throughout the Open Day

14.00 Close

View full Open Day Programme (PDF)

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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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.

At Open Day, speak to dedicated staff about your funding options and ask current students about their experiences.

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.

Find out more about funding opportunities.

The space in the studios at West Dean, and the opportunity to do such large-scale work is unique. There's amazing space here - it blows my mind!

Emma Rimer, Graduate Diploma student

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.

Apply now for Degree and Diploma study

Applications are welcome from UK/EU and International students.

The deadline for applications for 2019 entry is 1 March 2019 (with the exception of Conservation of Books and Library Materials, which is 1 February 2019).

Learn more about applying and entry

Find out about funding opportunities