Join our radical learning community and experience transformative learning for yourself in stunning surroundings.

The Arts School is a new faculty of Dartington Trust offering a distinctive portfolio of postgraduate degrees, short courses and events inspired by the experimentalism and innovation in art practice that has animated this place for almost 100 years.

This radical legacy is reimagined afresh on each of our courses, all of which are designed to help artists and creatives reshape their practice through the lens of contemporary issues.  

ABOUT US: Read more about our history and ethos >

Students convene at lower close for the start of term

study with us

Find out what it’s like to study at Dartington, and explore our programmes

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flexible learning models

We offer pathways to learning to suit all needs – including part time routes, ‘build-your-own’ modules, and blended learning

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Art installation on the Dartington estate

postgraduate programmes

Cultural Production

What does it really mean to create, curate and manage cultural organisations and arts projects? This programme is designed to help you build and enhance your production, managerial, administrative, fundraising and creative curatorial skills, to survive in the contemporary arts sector.

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Arts and Ecology

This is the most decisive decade in human history and unlike previous highly significant periods in history, we are fully aware of how pivotal these few years are to our species and the planet as human habitat. Arts and Ecology is a low residency master’s degree that asks how the whole of our humanity can be brought to this urgent conversation.

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Arts and Place

Open to practitioners and curators working in any art form including performance, writing, soundart, moving image, photography, digital art and fine art, this course puts particular emphasis on collaborative practice in response to an expanded understanding of place, via a unique residency-based programme.

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research at dartington

We offer research degrees in partnership with University of Westminster CREAM. Our researchers have expertise in a wide range of topics including arts practice-led research; animism; medieval literature; modernism; story and myth; arts, design and ecology; ecology and spirituality; Goethean science; regenerative economics, farming and food; social work with adults and children; and social enterprise.
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why join us?

Studio space at the Hex and Gym

our venue

Dartington has a range of dance, theatre, music and art studios and a wealth of outdoor learning spaces including woods, farmland, the river Dart, the medieval deer park, food growing and landscaped gardens.

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our faculty

Dartington Arts School has a rich interdisciplinary learning community of staff and students working with a passion to be change-agents for a sustainable future.

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our programmes

Our low residency, innovative programmes offer you a learning experience rich in intellectual and creative exploration, with a flexibility that suits the complexities of modern life.

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Students exhibit work on the Arts and place programme

latest news & blogs

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Allenheads Contemporary Arts (ACA) welcomes MA Arts and Place students Gavin Blench and Stephe Gray for a 2-week artist residency responding to the theme: Out of the Darkness: subterrania and the cosmos. Working at ACA’s rural base situated within a designated Dark Skies Area, they have the opportunity to use the on-site astronomical observatory (North Pennines Observatory) to explore some of the country's best views of stars, meteor showers and the Milky Way. In contrast, they may also engage with the rich mining history of the area, where below ground is a labyrinth of lead mining tunnels and chambers, excavated by hand in the 18th Century, most of which no natural light ever reaches. The artists will have an Open Studio on Friday 30th September. All welcome.

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