Information and how to book

Book online
Find your course and click 'book'. If the course is full you can choose to join the waiting list.
After booking you will be sent a confirmation email, asking you to download full course details and arrival and registration information. If you have booked accommodation a separate confirmation email will be sent within three working days.

By phone
Call 01243 811301

By email or post

Download a booking form from the downloadable links below.
Post to Bookings Office, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ

Courses are open to anyone 18 or over. Booking online or by phone requires payment in full.

What level am I?

Beginners - if you have little or no experience.

Intermediate - if you have taken a related course or have existing skills.

Advanced - if you want to expand your skills and develop your practice.

Suitable for all - subject focused courses, featuring a structured start followed by guided independent practice.

You can find more information on the level of each course on individual course pages.


As part of our commitment to provide access to education in the creative arts we offer bursaries to people who cannot afford to study on a short course. Bursaries come from our own funds and the support of generous donations from a number of trusts and individuals.

Bursaries available

Bursary Value Short Course
Creative bursaries Based on individual need Arts related subjects
Joyce Mary Harding Textile Bursary Fund £500 Textile related courses
Music bursaries Based on individual need Chilingirian Quartet String Ensemble Course
International Classical Guitar Festival
Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme Course costs and accommodation costs where applicable Course relating to construction, conservation and architectural heritage; including courses on the Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair
Bursaries for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD) Up to £2,000 FDAD
The Frances Lowe Bursary TBC FDAD and DACC
The Young Person’s Bursary Up to £100 per student One day short course
The Edward James Foundation Bursary Based on individual need Any

To apply for a bursary or find out more about any of the bursaries listed, please download and complete a bursary application form or email

Find out more about short course bursaries

Arrivals and registration

How to find us
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is on the A286, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 60 miles South of London.

Road: Our postcode is PO18 0QZ. Parking is free.

Rail: The nearest station is Chichester (from London Victoria), where our mini bus collects students at certain times. Further travel details will be sent with your booking confirmation letter.

Rooms are normally available from 4pm on your day of arrival.
On your last day checkout is by 10am.

Arrival day for courses more than one day in length:
4pm Arrival for residential students
Non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm
6.45pm Welcome chat
7pm Dinner
8-9pm First teaching session

Download the full arrival and registration information

Overseas students

New UK immigration rules state that if you plan to engage in any kind of study while in the UK you should enter as a student and not as a tourist.

If you are studying in this country for less than six months and are a non-visa national, you may apply for a Student Visitor Visa in advance or for entry clearance as a Student Visitor when you arrive at a UK airport.
There are conditions for both these methods. We recommend that you consult the UK Border Agency - Studying in the UK for full details and a list of the documents and evidence you will need to confirm your student and financial status.

For further guidance see the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Making a cancellation

To transfer to another course
• Your request must be received at least six weeks before the start of the course on which you are booked.
• You may transfer your booking to an alternative course, providing there is a place available.
• A transfer fee of £30 will be charged.

Cancelling your booking
If you have to cancel your booking please notify the Bookings Office as soon as possible by telephone and confirm in writing.
• For cancellations made more than six weeks before the start of the course, any fees paid over and above the deposit will be refunded.
• No refunds can be made to those who cancel within six weeks of the course or fail to attend a course for its full duration.
• All deposits are non-refundable.

Cancellation of courses by the College
If your course is cancelled you can transfer to another course at no extra charge, or receive a full refund for any course fees and deposits paid. The College reserves the right to cancel any course at short notice, in this event you will be notified as soon as possible.

Gift vouchers

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.

Buy your vouchers from or 01243 818300. You can also request a voucher from Reception.

How to redeem your vouchers

Enter your voucher number(s), click 'Apply Voucher' and the value will be deducted from the total amount payable.

By post
Quote your voucher number(s) on your booking form.
Post to: Bookings Office, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ

By phone
Quote your voucher number(s) and the value will be deducted from the total amount payable.

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