Press Release: West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announce new dates for "virtual" open days

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has announced that it will be hosting a further series of “virtual” Open Days on Wednesday, March 10; Wednesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has an international reputation for excellence and is a full partner of the University of Sussex. The online open days sessions cover a variety of subjects including Conservation Studies (Graduate Diploma and MA); Fine Art (Graduate Diploma and MFA); Art and Contemporary Crafts (Diploma); Art and Design (Foundation Diploma); Clocks, Metals, Furniture and Musical Instruments (Foundation Degree Arts, subject to revalidation) and Creative Writing and Publishing (MA). For more information on foundation diploma to masters study in Conservation and Fine Art, please see

Available in both the morning, 10am-12.15pm, or the evening, 5-7.15pm, the free sessions will enable prospective students to meet some of the tutors and discuss study options; ask specific questions about the subject or course; chat with current students about student life to find out what it's really like; and find out about funding through scholarships or bursaries. After registering, further information will be sent by email with a link to access the session. Virtual Tours are also available online now for students to explore the specialist facilitates including science lab, materials workshops, forge, print room and dye room as well as the workshops and studios which are very much the heart of the College, with each student being allocated a personal bench or studio space for the duration of their course.

Francine Norris, Principal, commented: “We are very pleased to be able to offer new dates for our “Virtual” Open Days. Alongside virtual and video tours, a variety of staff and students will be available to chat to interested students and convey a real sense of the fascinating courses and opportunities on offer at the College.”

For those who are unable to attend the dates above and are interested in studying at West Dean, please contact admissions for further information: [email protected] or 01243 818291.

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Notes to Editors:

  • West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an educational charity whose mission is to provide the highest quality education in arts and conservation. Alongside the academic provision, the College supports an annual programme of residencies designed to provide research and development opportunities to artists and writers whilst enhancing the learning environment of the College.
  • West Dean College of Arts and Conservation was founded in 1971 by the poet and Surrealist patron, Edward James, recognised by BBC Arts as the ‘the greatest patron of art of the early 20th century’.
  • The College is part of The Edward James Foundation (Charity No. 1126084), also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studio.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.

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West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ