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.
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.