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 College of Arts and Conservation?
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 Graduate Diploma is your opportunity to develop the skills and competences to work towards becoming a professional ceramics conservator. You will start with basic treatments while being introduced to a diverse range of objects, then undertake progressively more complex conservation projects, from archaeological finds to decorative arts objects from a range of cultures and stylistic periods.
You can expect
To acquire and practise both established and developing techniques
To study ceramic technology, material culture and materials science
To work on artefacts from historical and private collections
Low student: tutor ratio
Individual workspace for each student
Workshop access 8.30am-10pm, 7 days a week
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You will work in our well-equipped workshop with specialist facilities for cleaning, retouching and finishing. Facilities include:
Pottery studio for making, firing and finishing new work
Areas for photography and microscopy
Wet room for cleaning processes
New analytical laboratory
IT suite with specialist databases
On-site Art and Conservation Library with thousands of specialist books and journals
On the Graduate Diploma you typically have around 24 contact hours per week.
When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study for approximately 13-14 hours per week. Typically, this will involve:
Reading journal articles and books
Working on individual and group projects
Undertaking research in the library
Preparing coursework assignments and presentations
Graduate Diploma: 60% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity
Scheduled teaching and learning: 720 hours
Independent learning: 480 hours
Unit G1A Introducing Professional Practice, Unit G1B Introducing Conservation Science, Unit G1C Contextual and Professional Studies 1, Unit G2A Developing Professional Practice, Unit G2B Conservation Science: Development and Applications, Unit G2C Contextual and Professional Studies 2, Unit G3A Research Through Practice. Modules correct at October 2019, they may be subject to change.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
The Graduate Diploma is accessible to students from both humanities and science backgrounds. You need to have a degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study, e.g. HND, FdA, DipHE. Alternatively, accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) will be considered for those who have been out of formal education for some years and are over 21, who do not meet the general (minimum) entrance requirements, but who can demonstrate their capacity for degree-level work in other ways.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttps://www.westdean.org.uk/study/degrees-and-diplomas/courses/graduate-diploma-conservation-of-ceramics-and-related-materials#entry-requirements
Additional entry requirements
Applicants are to participate in a practical test day.
English language requirements
International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above.
Find out more about the English language requirements at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.
Fees and funding
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|Northern Ireland||£12,690||Whole course|
Additional fee 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: https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/student-information/funding