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 cosmopolitan 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

Artist Talk - Alicia Paz

Thursday 30 May, 5.30 - 6.30pm at Old Library, West Dean

Join us for a talk with Artist-in-Residence Alicia Paz, where she will discuss her recent work and her experience of being in-residence at West Dean.
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News 13th May 2024

Student work included in exhibition at Matt Black Barn

Student work produced during the Summer 2023 International Design Workshop has been included in an exhibition at Matt Black Barn in West Sussex.

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Find us

West Dean
Nr Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ

Tel: +44 (0)1243 818300

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