Art student using ipad on DACC at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Online hub

Welcome to the online hub, where you will find digital resources and information to connect with the College and tutors, providing ideas and online courses for you to join in at home. 

Join the community on social media

Our social media is full of developments from the West Dean College community. Follow #WestDeanCollege for inspiration and to join the creative conversation. Maybe your own work will help inspire others? 

Online art and craft courses at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
Art and design student learning at home with West Dean College

Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design

A flexible foundation course taught online through a mix of self-directed study, live study days, tutorials and a student community hub. 

Designed to fit around your day-to-day commitments, the programme will help you to establish momentum and resilience in your creativity. Supported by an online community of students and tutors you will improve competence and confidence in the core skills in art and design.

Read more about this course

Tutorial tasters

We now have 50+ tutorials on Youtube from the College’s expert Short Course Tutors. These bite-sized tutorials are designed to keep us all connected with creativity, and to provide inspiration for creative projects.

Many of the tutorials focus on materials you may already have. Try drawing a charcoal self-portrait (why not challenge friends and family to draw live via video call), explore botanical painting, fill a sketchbook with mixed media collages, get to grips with using flash on your DSLR camera or learn the basics of crochet. 

See demos on Youtube
Hand on paper writing book at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Creative writing exercises

To keep us inspired, Creative Writing and Publishing Subject Leader Mark Radcliffe has put together a series of 15 minute creative writing exercises. These prompts, tips and ideas are designed to encourage us to explore our imaginations and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Download your daily exercises:

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5

Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10

Take a virtual tour

If you aren't able to visit us or want to take another look around then take a virtual tour. Explore the degree and diploma studios, workspaces and communal areas of the College to get a feel for what it's like to study here.

Take a tour

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