West Dean

  www.westdean.org.uk

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has an international reputation for excellence and attracts students from across the UK/EU and internationally.

Courses include Foundation diplomas, graduate and postgraduate diplomas and Masters degrees, which are awarded by the University of Sussex.

The programmes have a strong practical as well as academic focus. The ratio of staff to students is high, and access to the workshops and studios seven days a week from 7am to 10pm, which is exceptional in Higher Education.

Set within historic West Dean House, the College offers students an immersive environment with a forward-thinking approach, strong professional connections and a rich heritage of creativity. Edward James, founder of the College, was a poet and patron of the Surrealist Movement who sponsored emerging artists and writers including Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. The College continues this work by supporting students to realise their creative ambitions and potential.

Our engagement with the heritage sector and the arts and cultural community in the UK and internationally ensures our programmes are informed by the best of current practice. Students have access to exciting projects, including  exhibition opportunities, work placements with acclaimed museums or collections, or the chance to work with internationally significant artefacts.

College alumni have gone on to work with some of the world’s most acclaimed museums and collections or exhibiting their art internationally.

Study programmes:

Conservation Studies with pathways in: Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture and Metalwork

Collections Care and Conservation Management

Creative Writing and Publishing

Fine Art

Historic Craft Practices – Musical Instruments, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork

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West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

West Sussex,

Chichester ,

PO18 0QZ,

Tel:01243 811301

Email: admissions@westdean.org.uk