Fine Art at West Dean College - UCAS

West Dean College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Sussex

Fine Art

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Course summary

Study at a specialist college with the assurance of a university qualification. Develop your passions and reach your potential in a small, welcoming environment within a community of like-minded people. Why choose West Dean? An international reputation for excellence in conservation and arts education 94% of students studying at the College* felt the programme had enhanced their skills and abilities (*2019 student survey) A rich arts environment and a focus on craft skills with vocational application Be inspired by the unique historic character and beautiful South Downs setting Located close to Chichester and the South Coast, with easy access to London The Course The Graduate Diploma in Fine Art is an interdisciplinary programme designed to provide a route into postgraduate study. As a concentrated form of an undergraduate degree, it gives graduates the opportunity to transfer existing skills. As you progress, you can work across disciplines or choose to specialise in areas such as Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, or Tapestry and Textile Art. You can expect Low student : tutor ratio Dedicated individual studio space with access from 8.30am-9pm, seven days a week Access to advanced facilities, workshops and expertise Support in developing both interdisciplinary and specialist studio work Support in developing critical thinking and contextual knowledge Opportunities to display work Support for developing transferable skills such as self-management, communication, collaboration, IT and research skills Learning environment A stimulating and supportive learning environment A specialised programme of lectures, seminars and workshops Visiting lecturers and artists Expert support from a dedicated team of workshop technicians Gallery visits and other external events Contact with professional artists-in-residence based in the studios An immersive environment with rich connections to art history, particularly Surrealism, through the legacy of College founder Edward James Exceptional facilities All full-time students get a large individual workspace. In addition to specialist spaces dedicated to Painting and Drawing, Sculpture and Tapestry and Textile-based work, the studios also include: Seminar room Materials and tool store Small photographic darkroom Exhibition and research spaces IT suite with editing software On-site Art and Conservation Library with thousands of specialist books and journals A self-contained print room offers specialist facilities for etching, aquatint, monoprinting, woodblock and linocut Sculpture Courtyard, which is also suitable for work in stone carving Access to West Dean Tapestry Studio, one of the world's leading producers of hand-woven tapestry Edward James Collection - An outstanding resource providing access to a range of significant, even iconic, works of art as a source of inspiration and research Excellent short course programme, allowing access to a wide range of visiting tutors and specialist techniques. Teaching You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, individual and group tutorials, critique sessions, oral and written presentations, external visits and self-directed research. On the Graduate Diploma you typically have around 13-14 contact hours per week. Independent learning When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve: Working in the studio Developing supporting material and research portfolios Undertaking research in the library Reading journal articles and books Working on specific unit assignments Preparing presentations and self-assessments. Overall workload Graduate Diploma: 40% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 480 hours Independent learning: 720 hours


Unit VA G1B Materials of the Artist, Unit VA G1B Introduction to Philosophical Aesthetics, Unit VA G1C Studio Work 1, Unit VA G3A Contextual & Professional Research, Unit VA G3C Studio Work 2 (Summer show). Modules correct at October 2019, they may be subject to change.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A qualification equivalent to a second year of successful undergraduate study e.g. HND, DipHE A relevant Foundation Degree in Fine Art or related subject English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level 2 or IELTS.

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Additional entry requirements



Portfolio: presenting a concise overview of the development and current focus of your practice, including sketchbooks, journals and an example of written work

English language requirements

English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or IELTS 6.5.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £12480 Whole course
EU £12480 Whole course
International £12480 Whole course
England £12480 Whole course
Northern Ireland £12480 Whole course
Scotland £12480 Whole course
Wales £12480 Whole course
Channel Islands £12480 Whole course

Additional fee information

Course fees are the same for UK and international students. Included is mandatory study trip costs of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study. Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional. To find out more visit:

Sponsorship information

Funding opportunities are available to students applying to study at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and we encourage students to explore funding options. In 2019 up to 60% of students received bursary/scholarship support. For more information visit:

Fine Art at West Dean College - UCAS