Education

Whether you are new to tapestry or looking to advance your practice, West Dean College offers study options from weekend beginner courses to full-time postgraduate Visual Arts - Tapestry and Textile Art programmes. The professional Tapestry Studio and a house adorned with historic tapestries makes West Dean College a unique place to learn tapestry weaving in the UK.

Short Courses

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.

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Developing Skills and Creative Language in Tapestry Weaving

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 West Dean College or elsewhere, and are looking to commit to extended and intensive programme of study.

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Diploma, MA and MFA study

Alongside short courses, the Tapestry Studio's Master Weaver and Designer, Philip Sandserson also teaches students on the College's full time Visual Arts, Tapestry and Textile Art Postgraduate Programme. This includes a Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, MA (Master of Arts) 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, Postgraduate Diploma, Visual Arts, Tapestry and Textile Art

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Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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