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 Days on Friday 7 December 2018
or Saturday 9 February 2019.

If you are interested in September 2018 entry please contact to arrange a visit or explore the Virtual Tour.

Open Day Programme

Programme School of Arts - Location Edward James Studios

10.00 Registration and Open Studios

10.30-11.30 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 - Alison Baxter, Head of School of Arts
  • Outline Part Time Visual Arts Programmes - Alison Baxter, Head of School of Arts
  • Student talk about life at West Dean

11.30-12.15 Open Studios

12.15-13.00 Tour: Student Accommodation, Library, College Meeting point: Visual Arts Foyer
Open studios throughout the day

14.00 Close

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 in Historic Craft Practices & the Conservation Programmes - Lorna Calcutt, Postgraduate Coordinator
  • 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 day

14.00 Close

Why come to Open Day?

School of 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

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.

Scroll down for funding tips from current students. 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.

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.

Degree and Dipoma Open Day at West Dean College
View the exciting Conservation Projects at West Dean College
Visit the Visual Arts Studios at Open Day
Meet the students and visit the workshops at Open Day
View the student accommodation at Open Day
View the conservation projects and meet the students
View the Visual Arts studios and talk to the students
See the range of exciting objects the students work on at West Dean College

Apply for Degree and Diploma courses

Applications are welcome from UK/EU and International students.

Learn more about applying and entry

Find out about Funding opportunities here