Online arts and craft short courses at West Dean College

Book Your Online Short Course Today

Pursue a new passion or develop an existing skill with one of our online arts and crafts courses. Immerse yourself in the subject from the comfort of your own home whilst benefitting from the expertise of our short course tutors. From painting tutorials and watercolour courses to sketching and drawing classes, find an online course to suit your skills and interests.

Perhaps you are looking to try something new before committing to a creative short course at the College. Or, if you aren't keen on travelling at the moment then learning from home is a great alternative. 

Some of our courses require specialist materials, which maybe available to purchase with the course in a materials box. Please check the course pages for details. (Currently materials boxes are only available to UK mainland addresses.)

Online art and design course at West Dean College

Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design

Gain a foundation certificate and build your confidence in core skills with our flexible online course in art and design.  Designed to fit around your personal commitments, you are supported by an online community of students and tutors. This one year, part-time course consists of eight modules, with two self-study courses supported by two live study days.

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Technical requirements

When you purchase one of our online short courses you will receive your login details by email, typically within two working days. You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

You can purchase and watch our courses on all computers and devices – Mac, PC, Mobile and Tablet – with an Internet connection and a web browser.

We use CANVAS, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a system to deliver learning materials via the Internet. It offers you flexible access to the course content, which is available to you for the duration of the course.

Further details can be found in the FAQs on each course page.

What our students say...

Olga, Online course – Start drawing

“The explanation of the subject was very clear… Even though it was on online course, it felt as it was a one-to-one learning experience in the class room. Absolutely loved it and have learned a great deal. I can see big improvements in my drawings already."

Sue, Online course – Relief printing at home

“This is the third course I’ve done and it was fabulous. Brilliant tutor, passionate and clear as well as light hearted. Excellent instruction and totally manageable at home. A huge success.”


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The perfect gift

The perfect gift for a friend or relative with creative flair. Our Short Course gift vouchers can be purchased online to use against any of our arts and craft short courses, on-site or online. Vouchers are available worth £10, £25, £50 or £100 can be used as full or part payment of a course. 

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