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Why not treat yourself - or a friend - to a new creative experience? Many of our short courses are inspired by the season, and you'll take home ideas, techniques and your finished artwork, or handmade item, to treasure.
Late availability - take a look at last minute places on art and craft courses in the next few weeks.
One day courses - you'll be amazed at what you can achieve in just one day.
“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
"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.
Teachers can apply for 50% off Summer School fees. How to applySee all Summer School courses
"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.
Develop your portfolio of art and design skills for entry onto a related degree programme. The FDAD includes 10 short courses during which you will create a rich and varied portfolio of work. The course will help you ensure your portfolio reflects your talents and areas of interest and focus on your future career aspirations.
The West Dean College Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts is a two year part-time programme delivered through intensive study blocks throughout the year, through attending short courses to develop skills and through independent study outside attendance at the College. The programme is focused on developing skills essential to the successful development of a sustainable studio practice, both practical and contextual.
Refresh your skills and update your knowledge of developments in
materials, techniques and current practice. Ideal for conservators,
our conservation short courses are made up of Building Conservation
Masterclasses, Object and Materials Conservation courses and
British Library courses.
Find out more about Conservation Short Courses and Masterclasses
The Foundation Diploma in Tapestry Weaving is awarded in recognition of the successful completion of the two year, part-time programme of six, three-day units, self-directed study and making, and a final 1500 word essay. It aims to offer tapestry weavers a broad insight into the technical and creative techniques of tapestry weaving, necessary for developing skills and 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 an extended and intensive programme of study.
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.
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.