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Face-to-face teaching may be temporarily suspended but through a series of bite-size tutorials from the College’s expert Short Course Tutors we hope to keep you connected with creativity and each other, and provide inspiration while we all stay at home.
Many of the tutorials focus on materials you may already have and more demonstrations are being released daily; try drawing a charcoal self-portrait (why not challenge friends and family to draw live via video call), explore botanical painting, fill a sketchbook with mixed media collages, get to grips with using flash on your DSLR camera or learn the basics of crochet.See demos on Youtube
Follow the West Dean Sketchbook Project on social media. Regular posts of images from West Dean Gardens can be used as inspiration for you to draw, paint, stitch or print using the colours, textures and shapes from the images in your work. See the full details for week one, week two, week three, week four and week five on Facebook or Instagram. You can also find further information and ideas for week two on the School of Arts blog here.
Join the conversation and share your creative responses on social media tagging @westdeancollege and @westdeangardens and using #westdeantogether.
To keep us inspired, Creative Writing and Publishing Subject Leader Mark Radcliffe has put together a series of 15 minute creative writing exercises. These prompts, tips and ideas are designed to encourage us to explore our imaginations and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
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"One of the 10 best creative retreats in the UK and Europe", The Guardian, January 2019
Treat yourself to a creative retreat in the height of summer and immerse yourself in the discovery of a new skill or to develop your practice, surrounded by expert tutors and likeminded students.
If you are a potential student who wishes to develop your skills, but are unable to afford to study on a short course, you may be eligible for a bursary.
As part of our commitment to provide access to education in the creative arts we offer bursaries for short course in arts, music and textiles as well as to support study on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts programmes.Read more about short course bursaries
"The excellent teaching pushed us beyond expectations; individual advice was very helpful as was being in such a beautiful setting."Kathy Attawell, Beginners watercolours
Make your creative experience truly immersive by staying with us during your course. As a residential student you can choose a traditional or more modern room, and wake up to the characterful charm of this period property set in acres of parkland.
Start the day with a traditional English or continental breakfast in the bright and airy dining room. For lunch and dinner, you will find a tempting new menu each day, with two seasonal hot dishes, salad bar and a range of puddings. Dinner on the first night and lunch through out your courses is included in your course price. Breakfast and dinner are included in your stay.
“The best course I have ever attended - challenging, supportive, well-structured and presented by a world class tutor. I have never learned so much in such as short space of time. ”Caroline, Italics - basics, flourish and experimental
Develop your skills further or turn your passion into a career path with programmes from foundation level through to Master of Fine Art.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD)
Develop your portfolio of art and design skills for entry onto a related degree programme. Create a rich and varied portfolio of work through 10 short courses, to reflect your talents, areas of interest, and focus on your future career aspirations.
Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts (DACC)
Two year part-time programme delivered through intensive study blocks. Learn skills essential to the successful development of a sustainable studio practice, both practical and contextual.
Give the gift of creativity with a West Dean College gift voucher
Treat a creative friend or a loved one to a gift voucher. Give the gift of creativity and the chance to learn a new skill while making something to wear, use or display proudly in the home or garden.
You can buy £10, £25, £50 or £100 vouchers, which can be used for full or part payment of a course.