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.

Students will join an incredible community of current students, staff and alumni, and experience for themselves the leading-edge models of progressive learning in the arts and ecology at Dartington.

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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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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.

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why join us?

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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latest news & blogs

Performance at Dartington

Performance at Dartington

Emma Bush, Associate Lecturer for our Reimaginging Performance Practice course, on what it means to be an alumni of the original Dartington College of Arts, and how her experience shapes her teaching today.

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It is with deep sadness that we are letting you know that we are ending week one of Summer School early and sending everyone home. One person has unfortunately tested positive for covid. We have been incredibly rigorous with testing in order to keep participants and artists safe and to try our best to keep the Summer School running in these incredibly challenging circumstances. In order for later weeks to have the best chance of happening, we have decided to cut this week short and send all participants and artists home and cancel all courses and concerts. Pro rata refunds will be made for courses, and refunds for any concerts that were due to take place this week. The safety of participants, artists and staff remains our absolute priority. We are all incredibly disappointed with this news but hope to be able to still run later weeks due to cutting this short now, and stopping the spread of the virus. This gives us the best chance possible to still be able to run later weeks. Please bear with us while we work out how to safely deliver the rest of the Summer School - we will share information as soon as we have it.

Thank you for your patience, Sara, Emily, Katie and the team.

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The sublime @moirasmiley rehearsing for last night’s performance.

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@saramohrpietsch helping with rehearsals for @ravenchcn’s Drum Grid which takes place in the grounds of the beautiful Dartington estate at 5pm today.

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What a way to spend an evening, listening to live music while immersed in the natural beauty of birdsong and glowing sunsets! We're live streaming the audio from all our concerts into our Grade II* listed gardens for ticket holders. There are still tickets available to join us outside for many of the concerts so please book to join via the What’s On link in our bio. ...

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