Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated 14 May 2020

I hope that you are keeping safe and well during this challenging time. As the situation continues, I will be providing regular updates here.

Until we can welcome you back into the workshops and studios in person, we hope that you will connect with us on social media @westdeancollege where, throughout the week, we are sharing project updates from students as well as short film clips from some of our tutors to keep you inspired.

Following is the current status for each area of activity:

Accredited courses

  • All face to face teaching was suspended from 17 March and increased use of the VLE and remote tutorial support was introduced the following week;
  • Online delivery is now underway for students this term;
  • The small number of students who have been unable to return home are being accommodated on the campus.

Short Courses

  • Short courses are currently cancelled up to and including 30 June, at the earliest. We will continue to review and update the earliest restart date on a rolling basis;
  • Those who have booked on courses during this period, or beyond, are being encouraged to transfer to a future course with an enhanced credit;
  • You can find our new series of bite-sized free online tutor videos on our social media and YouTube channels – new content is going up throughout the week to help keep you inspired.


  • The Gardens, including the Shop, Restaurant and Gardener’s Cottage, remain closed to the public until further notice.

    West Dean Stores
  • The College plays an important role within its immediate community and we continue to operate West Dean Stores;
  • We have changed to cashless operation and we have introduced a delivery service to support our tenants and neighbours.

Conferences, B&B and weddings

  • No new bookings are being taken until further notice;
  • We will continue to review and update you with the earliest restart date on a rolling basis.

    Thank you on behalf of the entire team across the organisation for your continued support. Stay well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Alexander Barron ACA FRSA
Chief Executive

For health advice, please visit the NHS
For the government's response please see Public Health England advice Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest PHE information and advice

Visit us virtually

Take a virtual tour of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Explore the degree and diploma workshops and studios, plus student areas such as the dining room, bar and craft shop.

Take a virtual tour

Explore the Gardens online

Despite the Gardens being closed, there is still much to see, so we are bringing the latest developments to you via social media. If you are thinking about growing your own at home then Head Gardener, Tom Brown, may have some useful insights for you in his 'how to' videos. 

See the latest from the Gardens

Open Day

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is internationally recognised for conservation and arts education. Book your place at our next open day and see for yourself why 97% of students would recommend studying here. A visit to the College is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the course you are interested in, meet the tutors and see the workshops, chat to other students and find out about funding opportunities. 

Find out more and register

A Unique Historic Venue

Host your meeting, conference, product launch or away day in one of our beautiful state rooms rich in arts history for between six and 100 guests or delegates.

Find out more about private dining events, special birthday or anniversary celebrations, in historic characterful rooms. Mouth-watering menus are prepared using fresh and local ingredients where possible, with wines chosen to complement your menu.

Relax and unwind in the beautiful location, staying with us as a B&B guest. Enjoy the stunning views and walks in West Dean Gardens.

Find out more


Escape the everyday

Come to a concert, attend a free artist or author talk or be inspired by one of our partner events.


View the complete event calendar

Upcoming events

Fine Art and Gardens Talk - Claire Ratinon
Monday 15 June, 5:30-7pm
West Dean Summer Show 2020
4 - 10 July 2020, 10am - 5pm

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us