Join our radical learning community and experience transformative learning for yourself in stunning surroundings.
The Arts School is a new faculty of Dartington Trust, a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre estate near Totnes. We offer a distinctive portfolio of new postgraduate arts degrees inspired by the experimentalism and innovation in art practice that has animated this place for almost 100 years.

ABOUT US: Read more about our history and ethos >

Students convene at lower close for the start of term

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


flexible learning models

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

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.

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.


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.


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.

Students exhibit work on the Arts and place programme

latest news & blogs

New appointments for Arts & Place MA

New appointments for Arts & Place MA

It’s an exciting time on campus as the new cohort for our Arts & Place MA have just started and we have two new incredible artists who have joined the teaching staff. Dr Mohini Chandra is the new Associate Lecturer and Adam Chodzko is a visiting lecturer who will...

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Mike Westbrook | Sunday 26th June | The Great Hall

We are thrilled and privileged to be welcoming legendary jazz pianist and composer Mike Westbrook to the Great Hall for a solo performance.

A bandleader since the 1960s, Westbrook has toured worldwide and recorded more than 50 albums! His compositions range from works for jazz and classical ensembles to stage musicals, opera, dance, television and experimental theatre. Major works include Citadel/Room 315 featuring John Surman, The Cortège a European song-cycle, and On Duke’s Birthday dedicated to the memory of Duke Ellington. His Big Band Rossini was featured at the BBC Proms, and his work for theatre includes Tyger, Adrian Mitchell’s musical about William Blake, staged by the National Theatre. We hope you can join us for this very special evening.

“Westbrook’s playing is intimate, restrained, reflective, and deceptively simple, moulding disparate sources into a beautiful and beguiling whole” – BBC Music Magazine

The concert will be preceded by a conversation with artist and musician, Marcus Vergette.

7.30pm Sunday 26th June

VENUE: Great Hall, Dartington Trust, South Devon

PRICING: £18. Members discounts apply

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Summer School concert spotlight: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, with Gavin Bryars and friends. 9:30pm Wednesday 27 July in The Great Hall at Dartington.

Based on a haunting recording of a Spiritual sung by a homeless man in London, Gavin Bryars’ composition, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, is a profoundly moving meditation on the vulnerability of life. Since its first groundbreaking performance in 1972, it has become internationally recognised as an iconic work in 20th-century British music.

In this unique late-night performance, specially created for Dartington, composer-in-residence Gavin Bryars leads a group of Summer School musicians, who accompany the quavering voice on the recording with the sumptuous timbres of early instruments.

Book your tickets for this very special performance by one of the most influential British composers working today:

[Photo credit: Aubrey Simpson]


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Love to sing, and want to grow your vocal confidence? There are lots of opportunities to sing this summer at the Dartington Music Summer School, but today we'd like to put the spotlight on one particular workshop that's a great opportunity for anyone who can't commit to a week-long course...

Develop your vocal technique, learn new skills, sing together and make new friends who share your love of singing in Come and Sing, a fantastic one-hour workshop with expert choral conductor and singer, Sam Evans!

Join us from 5:30 - 6:30pm on Sunday 24th July, tickets are £8 each (or £5 for students). Please call our Summer School Team on: 01803 847080 to book, or find out more via our website:


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