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.
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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 and blended learning
Poetics of Imagination
MA | PGDIP | PGCERT
Explore story and culture, examining how we have conjured stories from the earliest times to the present day. The course is centred around oral telling and opens to a broader spectrum of arts, examining the work of ancient to contemporary storytellers, writers and artists.
Arts and Place
MA | PGDIP | PGCERT
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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why join us?
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.
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 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.
latest news & blogs
An echolocation from our Poetics team
Alice Oswald, Martin Shaw and Valentin Gerlier discuss the origin story and ever growing relevance of our MA Poetics of Imagination on which they all teach.
Dartington & Hospital Rooms join forces for arts education
Announcing a dynamic new partnership with Hospital Rooms to offer residencies for students on MA Arts & Place to explore their arts practice in professional mental health settings.
Student Stories: Martha Benedict blogs about Poetics
Writing for our blog, MA Poetics of Imagination student Martha Benedict explores the experience of studying at Dartington, and how the spaces in between the intensive sessions can be as valuable as the lectures themselves.