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

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 Arts & Ecology partners announced

New Arts & Ecology partners announced

We are very pleased to announce confirmation of three partners to help us deliver the new Arts and Ecology Master’s degree at Dartington Arts School starting in January 2022: Learning Planet, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Cyland.

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We're delighted to share that the brilliant @ensemblemoliere will be performing in The Great Hall at Dartington at 7:30pm Saturday 5 March. Their programme, ‘Réunion des goûts’, celebrates and explores the coming together of French and Italian musical styles.

The group, who recently featured on @bbcradio3's Early Music Show to celebrate Molière's quatercentenary, will also be returning to Dartington later this year to lead a course on chamber music at our Music Summer School & Festival.

Get your tickets for this joyous evening of live music on Saturday 5 March via the link in our bio via the "What's On" button!

#earlymusic #dartington #moliere #molière #ensemblemolière

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Come and spend the week with acclaimed ceramicist Dylan Bowen 20 - 25 March in the studio at Dartington!

This hands-on short course explores plate making and embellishment. You'll spend your mornings in the studio, and your afternoons finding inspiration from nature in Dartington's stunning Grade II listed gardens, working on designs and drawing to bring ideas into play for your own work. You'll work closely with Dylan to learn new techniques in a joyfully spontaneous spirit.

It will be a beautiful way to celebrate the fresh spring energy. Find out more and book your place via the “Short Courses” button found in the link in our profile, or at:

@dylanbowenceramics @ceramicreview

#ceramics #ceramicist #dartington #devonheaven #devonartist

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Join us for an inspiring evening talk with wonderful South Devon artist Anita Reynolds at Dartington, 8pm Thursday 3 February.

Surrounded by the wild moorland and dramatic coastline of the South West Peninsula, Anita's mark-making is both gestural and energetic, reflecting her total immersion in the landscape. Prepare to get your creative juices flowing!

Tickets available for "Earth Talk: Her Dark Materials" via the "What's On" button in our profile link.


#artistsofinstagram #dartmoorart #dartmoorartist

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What a marvellously inspiring and spooky week we’ve had with the brilliant Mark Gatiss here at Dartington - Mark’s been teaching a short course on Ghost and Horror writing, and treating us to some of his favourite tales along the way.

In this video he’s reading an extract from M. R. James’ story, Casting the Runes - a little scary fun for your Friday... 👻

#markgatiss #dartington #writersofinstagram #ghoststories #horrorwriter

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