Open Days

Book your place at Open Day and see for yourself why 97% of students would recommend studying at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (2018 student survey). A visit to the College is the perfect opportunity to:

  • Meet the tutors and discuss study options
  • See the large studios, workshops and brand new science facilities
  • Tour the student accommodation and library
  • Chat with current students about student life and find out what it's really like to study here
  • Explore the historic interiors used for site-specific work
  • Find out more about funding

If you were unable to attend our February Open Day and are interested in studying with us, please contact our admissions team for further information or to arrange a visit: or 01243 818291

Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Explore the degree and diploma workshops and studios.

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School of Arts

School of Arts students have the opportunity to explore the rich arts heritage and enjoy a vibrant cultural programme. A visit at open day gives you a real chance to be inspired by the setting which enables students to reach levels of achievement beyond those you thought possible.

  • Explore the fully-equipped workshops and studios
  • See the dedicated Sculpture Courtyard,
  • See the Dye Room and self-contained Print Room
  • See the specialist Arts and Conservation Library
  • Meet subject leaders and current students
  • Get a feel for the immersive creative atmosphere
View School of Arts degrees and diploma courses

School of Conservation

Our aim is for conservation students to leave with the appropriate academic qualifications and practical training to pursue the next stage of their careers. Curriculums are aligned with the Institute of Conservation's professional standards. At open day, staff and current students are on hand for you to find out more about each specialism.

  • See the workshops alive with current conservation projects
  • View individual bench spaces
  • Tour the Analytical Laboratory and studio facilities
  • Meet course tutors and chat to current students
View School of Conservation degree and diploma courses

Student Life and Accommodation

There is a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere on campus, and shared outdoor spaces adjoining the accommodation make for a unique student life. Students also have access to the award-winning West Dean Gardens. There are many events for students to enjoy such as concerts, talks and film nights. There are also clubs and societies organised through the Student Association.

Find out more about student life and accommodation

Funding Advice

At open day dedicated staff will be available to discuss funding options. Current students will also be able to chat about their own experiences. There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available for both UK and international students.

Find out more about bursaries/scholarships

Where we are

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is six 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 on-site, in front of the College and is free of charge.

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

We look forward to welcoming you.

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"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

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