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 >

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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

Art installation on the Dartington estate

postgraduate programmes

Cultural Production


Study Arts Management at postgraduate level, researching the latest innovations in the sector, while also exploring Dartington’s own arts team as an example of best practice and innovation, and trialling your own ideas in the context of our unique collection venues and resources.

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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

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Listen to Martin Shaw, Alice Oswald and Valentin Gerlier exploring the “creation myth” of our MA Poetics of Imagination. In this new podcast episode, or "echolocation" as they call it, the three lecturers also discuss what each of them brings to the teaching, and the reasons why Dartington is the only place to study in the magic space that lies between myth, poetry and human nature.


#dartingtontrust #poetics #dartingtonarts @drmartinshaw #highereducation #artmasters #postgraduate #creationmyth #explore #studynow #poetry #creativewriting

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Can you help us refine our new degrees? We're planning a new undergraduate degree to compliment our BSc Regenerative Farming, and we'd like to invite you to help us fine tune what a broader ecologically-themed undergrad might look like for the future. If you're interested in taking part in a focus group to consider the plans and offer feedback then please fill out the "Take part in Higher Education focus groups" form via the link in our bio and we will be in touch.

Photo credit: Josh Pratt

#focusgroups #yourvoicematters #marketresearch #highereducation #newcourses #survey

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Announcing a new £,6,000 Scholarship to join MA Arts and Place in April this year, following on from the news about our partnership with the brilliant @_hospitalrooms!

Recognising that underrepresented students face greater obstacles to educational achievement, we are offering a Scholarship to increase equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Arts & Place / Hospital Rooms Scholarship will include a £6,000 tuition fee reduction to study on the residency based @arts_and_place programme at Dartington @dartingtontrust and across the UK in 2023 and a guaranteed artist residency with Hospital Rooms.

For artists, curators, writers, filmmakers, performers and other creative practitioners...

Deadline is Friday 17 March.

Sign up here for a Live Chat on 8 March for application guidance:

For full details, head to our Scholarships page:

Please spread the word about this opportunity!

#arts_and_place #artsandplace #scholarships #dartington #hospitalrooms #southwestarts #artistinresidence #artistresidency #diversity #equity #inclusion

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