Taught course

Visual Arts

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation · West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Entry requirements

GRADUATE DIPLOMA The following qualifications will be considered for entry on to the Graduate Diploma programme: · A qualification equivalent to a second year of successful undergraduate study e.g. HNC, HND, DipHE · A relevant Foundation Degree in Fine Art or related subject · Portfolio: presenting a concise overview of the development and current focus of your practice, including sketchbooks, journals and an example of written work POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA/MA/MFA · A good Honours Degree or equivalent qualification in Visual Arts or a related discipline · Relevant work experience in an arts-related field which demonstrates 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 is required English Language requirement English Language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

Students who specialise in Painting and Drawing
at West Dean College are given the freedom to
explore different materials and techniques, both
according to individual approach and level of
study. As well as being supported in developing
advanced skills, you are encouraged to expand
upon established practices, testing the limits of
your chosen discipline. You are also introduced to
theoretical considerations regarding visual culture,
aesthetics and philosophy, allowing you to develop
an informed understanding of how your work relates
to current and historical practice.
The programme is delivered through a combination of studio
work, seminars, workshops, individual and group tutorials,
critical sessions and professional development.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and Bursarys are available. Please view the website for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


full time
10 months


full time
12 months


full time
20 months

Course contact details

Registry Office
+44 (0) 1243 811301