West Dean College

Introduction

West Dean is an independent Higher Education College, run by charity The Edward James Foundation, offering graduate and postgraduate programmes in Conservation (clocks, ceramics, books, metals and furniture), Making Musical Stringed Instruments and Visual Arts, many of which are validated by the University of Sussex. Students work on live projects as part of their professional training. Other recent projects have included work on Lord Byron’s pistol case, by furniture students, and conservation of the Hindley Telescope, by the clock students. As a result of this hands-on experience, rates of employment for West Dean students are high.

In recognition of the increasing difficulties in funding for postgraduate education the College offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships.

Our next Open Day: Saturday 6th February 2016.

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Master in Conservation Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom West Dean

All Postgraduate Diplomas at West Dean can be transferred to the MA Degree programmes, extending your study from one academic year to a full calendar year. In February, [+]

All Postgraduate Diplomas at West Dean can be transferred into the MA Degree programmes, , subject to the negotiation of an appropriate project proposal. This involves additional MA units of study and an extension of study from one academic year to a full calendar year. Students on Postgraduate Diploma programmes start MA units mid-way through the academic year in February, in addition to the remainder of the Postgraduate Diploma. On successful completion of the full academic year in July, students will have finished their Postgraduate Diploma and completed a significant amount of MA introductory study. In July students start their major projects for the MA degree which involve a further 10-weeks of study with a final assessment towards the end of September. The MA in Conservation can be taken as a ten week extension from the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Books and Library Materials, Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials, Conservation - Restoration of Clocks and Related Objects, Conservation - Restoration of Furniture and Related Objects, Conservation - Restoration of Metalwork. On successful completion of the full academic year in July, students will have finished their Postgraduate Diploma and completed a significant amount of MA introductory study. In July students start their major projects for the MA degree which involve a further 10-weeks of study with a final assessment towards the end of September. [-]

Master of Visual Arts

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom West Dean

During the successful completion of a Postgraduate Diploma students can extend their studies to a calendar year to gain an MA in Visual Arts. Through [+]

MA Degree (one calendar year) All Postgraduate Diplomas at West Dean can be transferred into the MA Degree programmes, subject to the negotiation of an appropriate project proposal. This involves additional MA units of study and an extension of study from one academic year to a full calendar year. Students on Postgraduate Diploma programmes start MA units mid-way through the academic year in February, in addition to the remainder of the Postgraduate Diploma. On successful completion of the full academic year in July, students will have finished their Postgraduate Diploma and completed a significant amount of MA introductory study. In July students start their major projects for the MA degree which involve a further 10-weeks of study with a final assessment towards the end of September. Entry requirements An Honours degree or equivalent qualification in Visual Arts or a related discipline. Relevant work experience in an arts-related field demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level Portfolio including evidence of current practical work, sketchbooks and evidence of critical writing. An appropriate level of engagement with current debates in contemporary arts and making. English language, CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or equivalent. [-]

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Master of Fine Arts

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom West Dean

A two-year full-time programme of study suited to those who want to focus upon specialist studio practice. The first year follows the Postgraduate Diploma [+]

In a stimulating and supportive environment students specialise in painting and drawing, sculpture, tapestry and textile art, or explore interdisciplinary practice. Students benefit from generous studio space, a broad range of visiting artists and lecturers, excellent workshop facilities, highly skilled technicians, seminars, workshops, individual and group tutorials, critical sessions and self-directed research. "I found out about West Dean through word of mouth but more people need to know it is here because the facilities are world class and the studio spaces are great compared to most London schools." Lotti Closs, MFA Sculpture student "The best thing about being here is the ability to expand your ideas. We aren't restricted and we have the freedom to challenge ourselves." Anne Alldread, Postgraduate Diploma Tapestry and Textile student "I have had the opportunity to experiment with different techniques and my painting has developed and expanded considerably." Pam Ibbotson, MA Visual Arts student “In a uniquely immersive environment full-time students can dedicate their time to exploring and expanding their work. The College’s emphasis on skills-based making in the context of contemporary practice is rare in arts education." Dr David Stent, Visual Arts Programme Leader Visual Arts Alumni include Eleanor Buffam, Mariella Baldwin, Steven Thompson, Emma Dexter, Des Kilfeather, Jayne Sandys-Renton, Pippa Blake, Tim Kent. Master of Fine Arts A two-year full-time programme of study suited to those who want to focus upon specialist studio practice. The first year follows the Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts, whilst the second is primarily studio based, with a dissertation completed early in the second term. Whether specialising in one discipline or working across media, MFA students will have time to develop and expand their studio work, bringing in relevant theoretical and historical perspectives. Entry requirements An Honours degree or equivalent qualification in Visual Arts or a related discipline. Relevant work experience in an arts-related field demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level Portfolio including evidence of current practical work, sketchbooks and evidence of critical writing. An appropriate level of engagement with current debates in contemporary arts and making. English language, CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or equivalent. [-]

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