Study art, craft and conservation at our West Dean campus in Sussex.

West Dean campus

Our West Dean campus is nestled in the stunning Sussex countryside. With the South Downs to the north and cosmopolian city of Chichester to the south.

Once a family home, West Dean was opened as a centre for education and training by Edward James in 1971. The campus consists of a mixture of historic buildings, breath taking surrealist-inspired gardens and rolling South Downs countryside.

Living in Sussex

Wherever you choose to live whilst studying with us, we want to make sure you have the best student experience possible.

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West Dean Sussex Campus student accommodation

Courses at our West Dean campus

Discover the courses available at our West Dean campus.


Creative Writing & Publishing


Historic Building Conservation & Repair


Musical Instruments

The local area

Just a short bus journey from the bustling historic city of Chichester, offering a myriad of shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, cinemas and green spaces, it has everything you could need! 

Heading out of the city you’re met with stunning beaches and harbours, ideal for windsurfing, paddleboarding and many more outdoor pursuits. For weekends and much-needed downtime, there are many walking and cycling trails around campus, including along The Centurion Way; as well as picture-perfect towns and villages such as Petworth, Arundel and Bosham.


Campus news & events

Catch up on the latest news, events and stories from our West Dean campus.

Events & Articles

Roy Stratford performing at West Dean College

Shostakovich Recital

Saturday 23 September 2023 at The Old Library, West Dean College

Book your tickets for an evening recital of music by Shostakovich: the Cello Sonata and the Piano Trio. No. 2 performed by Roy Stratford (piano), Marina Solarek (violin) and Kim Mackrell (cello).
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Degrees and Diplomas 14th September 2023

West Dean Residency programme 2023-24

We are delighted to announce the West Dean Residency Programme for 2023-24; reflecting the college’s mission to support artists, makers and conservators at key stages in their career.

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Find us

West Dean
Nr Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ

Tel: +44 (0)1243 818300

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