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

Student Funding - Live Q&A session

Wednesday 13 March, 5-6pm at Online via Zoom

Join us live for an online Q&A session via Zoom on Wednesday 13 March, to discuss any queries or questions you may have about applying for scholarships or bursaries to fund your studies.
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News 23rd February 2024

Why Everyone Can Draw: An interview with artist Deborah Petch

The beauty of drawing lies in its simplicity – anyone can do it, and there's no right or wrong way to approach it. Drawing is simply the act of making marks whether it be on paper, canvas or anything.

We spoke to artist Deborah Petch about her work and why the joy lies in the process of creating.

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West Dean
Nr Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ

Tel: +44 (0)1243 818300

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