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.

Short Courses

Short courses by weavers Philip Sanderson, Caron Penney and Pat Taylor are available.

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Diploma, MA and MFA study

'The UK's only college offering full time postgraduate study in tapestry and textile art." The Independent on Sunday

The Tapestry Studio's Master Weaver and Designer Philip Sanderson also teaches students on a range of tapestry weaving short courses as well as 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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