Short Courses

Plan your next course

You can now book a course to look forward to in the months ahead. Whether you’re a complete beginner wanting to try something new or are keen to develop your existing talents, join a group of like-minded people and try a new skill in a creative and environment.

Make time to make with 300+ new courses online and available to book now. 

Please see our latest information on coronavirus here and FAQs here.

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Online hub for learning at home

Visit the online hub for a range of resources and information to connect with the College from home. We hope these tutorials, exercises and images from the West Dean community will inspire your creativity.

Get involved with: 

  • Bite-size tutorials from the College’s expert Short Course Tutors
  • The West Dean Sketchbook Project - via social media get regular Gardens images as inspiration for drawing, painting, stitching or printing
  • Creative writing exercises from Subject Leader Mark Radcliffe 
  • Virtual tour of the College - explore the degree and diploma studios and workspaces
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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.

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"The excellent teaching pushed us beyond expectations; individual advice was very helpful as was being in such a beautiful setting."

Kathy Attawell, Beginners watercolours

Accommodation and Dining

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.

Accommodation at the College

“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

Advance your learning

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.

See all degree and diploma programmes

Gift vouchers

Give the gift of creativity with a Short Course gift voucher

Treat a creative friend or a loved one to a College gift voucher to redeem against any Short Course. 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. Vouchers are available to buy online or by calling our bookings team

Find out more about Short Course vouchers

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School of Arts

Short courses are part of the School of Arts, which also offers full-time programmes in Visual Arts from Foundation to Postgraduate Diplomas, MA and MFA. Within this rich, immersive environment the vision of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James connects today's students with a rich heritage of art.

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