Open Days

You are invited to come and explore the workshops and studios, take a tour with students, explore your study options and find out about funding at our next Open Day.

Friday 1 December 2017, 10am - 1pm, Please register here.

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Open Day Programme

Programme School of Arts - Location Edward James Studios

10.00 Registration and Open Studios

10.30-11.00 Informal presentation in the Old Dairy Seminar Room :

  • Welcome and Introduction - Francine Norris, Director of Education
  • Outline Visual Arts Programmes - David Stent, Programme Leader, Visual Arts
  • Outline MA Creative Writing and Publishing - Martine McDonagh
  • Outline Part Time Visual Arts Programmes - Alison Baxter, Head of School of Arts
  • Student talk about life at West Dean

11.00-12.00 Open Studios

12.00-12.45 Tour: Student Accommodation, Library, College Meeting point: Visual Arts Foyer
Open studios throughout the day

13.00 Close

Programme School of Conservation - Main House

10.00 Registration and Open Workshops

11.00-11.30 Informal presentation in the Old Library:

  • Welcome and Introduction - Francine Norris, Director of Education
  • Outline of the FdA in Historic Craft Practices & the Conservation Programmes - David Dorning,
    Head of School of Conservation.
  • Student talk about life at West Dean.

11.30-12.00 Open workshops and current projects

12.15-12.45 Tour: Library, College, Student Accommodation Meeting point: Marble Hall

Open workshops throughout the day

13.00 Close

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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 admissions@westdean.org.uk

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

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.

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.

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