Admissions Information

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Application Deadlines

We welcome applications from national and international students. With limited places available on each course, we encourage you to apply early.

The deadline for Conservation of Books and Library Materials applications for 2019 entry is 1 February 2019.

The deadline for all other applications for 2019 entry is 1 March 2019. Later course applications will be considered if there are still places available.

Find out more about your funding options.

Entry Requirements

There are several levels of Diploma and Masters Degrees at West Dean College and generally, for postgraduate study a good first degree in a relevant subject and related practical experience is required. Specific entry requirements are listed on each programme page.

Admissions Policy Statement

West Dean College is committed to ensuring that students are recruited, selected, taught, assessed and otherwise treated solely on their relevant merits and abilities. The College supports the principle of equal opportunities and therefore no student will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of disability, religion, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, political beliefs, age, sexual orientation, gender or marital status.

The Admissions Policy and Procedures apply to all individuals applying to study on a Diploma or Degree Course at West Dean College, and all staff involved in any aspect of admissions within the College.

Full details about the admissions process, including interviews and offers of a place are in the downloadable document below.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Interested applicants and bursary enquiries for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design should contact:

Developing Skills and Creative Language in Tapestry Weaving

Interested applicants for the Developing Skills and Creative Language in Tapestry Weaving should contact:

Submitting an application

You will be required to complete an application form relevant to your chosen subject. You can download forms from the course page on this website or a hard copy can be obtained from the Admissions Officer.

As a candidate you will be required to fill out the following sections on the application form:

  • Personal details
  • Special Needs/Disability
  • Fee Payments
  • Education and Qualifications
  • Information on English Language Requirements
  • Reasons for wishing to study programme
  • References - all applicants must provide two satisfactory references one of which must be a recent academic reference, if possible. The forms can be downloaded below.

You will need to supply the following documents with the completed application form:

  • 2 passport size photos
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of qualifications
  • Original transcripts
  • Portfolio of work, where applicable*
  • Example of academic writing, where applicable*

*Please check if this is required on the document checklist on the application form


The Admissions Officer will confirm receipt of the application form by email within 5 working days. The acknowledgement provides information on the next stage of the application process and contact details of the Admissions Officer.

For further information about the interview process and offers please see the Admissions Policy and Procedure document.

Accommodation Fees 2018/2019

Fees for all full time programmes:

Accommodation - all inclusive, 7 days per week - per term £2,280, per academic year £6,840

Accommodation - self-catering - per term £1,740, per academic year £5,220

Fees for the MA (10 week extension):

Accommodation - all inclusive - 7 days a week - per term - £1,900

Accommodation - self catering - per term - £1,450

Fees for an MA p/t:

Accommodation - all inclusive - per term - On request

Term Dates 2018/2019

Autumn Term
Monday 1 October - Friday 21 December 2018

Two-week Christmas break

Spring Term
Monday 7 January - Friday 29 March 2019

Three-week Easter break (Good Friday 19 April, Easter Monday 22 April)

Summer Term
Tuesday 23 April - Monday 15 July 2019

MA 10-week component: Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September 2019

Term Dates 2019/2020

Autumn Term
​Monday 30 September - Friday 20 December 2019

Two-week Christmas break

Spring Term
Monday 6 January - Friday 27 March 2020

Three-week Easter break (Good Friday 10 April, Easter Monday 13 April)

Summer Term
​Monday 20 April - Monday 13 July 2020

MA 10 week extension 13 July - Friday 18 September 2020

Access and Participation Strategy Statement

Reference Form - for all programmes

Admissions Policy and Procedures

Apply now for Degree and Diploma study

Applications are welcome from UK/EU and International students.

The deadline for applications for 2019 entry is 1 March 2019 (with the exception of Conservation of Books and Library Materials, which is 1 February 2019).

Learn more about applying and entry

Find out about funding opportunities