Whether you are new to tapestry or looking to advance your practice, we offer study options from weekend beginner courses to full-time postgraduate Fine Art - Tapestry and Textile Art programmes. The professional Tapestry Studio and a house adorned with historic tapestries makes West Dean College of Arts and Conservation a unique place to learn tapestry weaving in the UK.
Short courses in tapestry weaving are suitable for complete beginners to advanced weavers. They range in length from a weekend, three-four days and a week-long Summer School. Expert weavers who have worked, or are presently working in the Tapestry Studio, teach many of these courses including Philip Sanderson, Caron Penney and Pat Taylor.See our tapestry Short Courses
This two year programme offers tapestry weavers a broad insight into the technical and creative techniques of tapestry weaving, necessary for developing skills alongside building your own creative language. It is aimed at weavers who have completed a beginners' course at the College or elsewhere, and are looking to commit to extended and intensive programme of study.Find out about the foundation diploma
Alongside short courses, Studio Leader, Philip Sanderson also teaches students on the College's full time courses, including the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and MFA (Master of Fine Art), validated by the University of Sussex.
"West Dean is the only college where I could study Tapestry Weaving at this level. The quality of the studio spaces and tuition has been excellent." Margaret Jones, Arts StudentFind out about the school of arts