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 >

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

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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

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Zoe Benbow discusses her exhibition at Dartington

Zoe Benbow discusses her exhibition at Dartington

With the arrival of her arboreally-inspired paintings in our gallery space, we catch up with artist Zoe Benbow to find out more about her creative process, the influences and training that helped shape her work, and the ways in which place and the natural world continue to inspire her.

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What is a sketchbook for? How do I use it and what do I put in it? Explore the answers to these fundamental questions and learn how to explore ideas and places on this five-day mixed-media course with artist @misskateboucher

This course will explore different ways of using and keeping a sketchbook and will look at the process of developing ideas in a sequence using starting points, prompts, themes, objects and media. Across the five days you will be shown how a sketchbook can be used to explore an idea, to experiment and develop skills with different media, or record a period of time like a visual journal.

The course will begin with examples of Kate’s sketchbooks and those of other artists. Then, through a series of set tasks and demonstrations, you’ll begin to develop your own ideas in your sketchbook; understanding more about your own artistic sensibilities and creating a sketchbook that inspires you.

At the end of the week, you will have explored several ways of working in a sketchbook, learned the benefit of embracing ‘the accidental’ in your experimentation, and have a developing confidence in your ability to express your ideas within a sketchbook.

Help you feel more confident in developing your own artistic style through using a sketchbook.
Help you to understand the process of using a sketchbook to develop ideas in sequence.
Encourage an understanding of your own artistic voice and preferences.
Encourage and equip you to develop an exploratory approach to creating art and mixing media.
Help you to develop a personal approach to art-making in your sketchbook that feels enjoyable and expressive.

To book your place, see the link in our bio.

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From setting up to Private viewing - Arts & Place 2023 exhibition is now open! Hosting in our gallery from 13 to 22 January.

The work on display will be the result of final projects all of which will be in response to the complexities of ‘the field’ as a place of practice, exploring its imaginative as well as material processes. Visit this link for more information about this cross-disciplinary, artist residency program. Go check it out now!

@sammillsart @graystephe @grace_wyld @arts_and_place @moments_cherished_j @aliberardelli @alisonjacksonbass @_emmayorke @arts_and_place

#highereducation #artsmasters #privateview #gallery #arthallery #education #dartington #tranformativelearning #residency #residencyprogram @dartingtontrust

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Register for a place via the link below and on the same page, you can also click a link to our travel bursary application form which has the details and terms and conditions. Hope to see you in the new year! Register today via the link in Bio. y. To help with this we are offering up to 20 travel bursaries for our next Open Day on 14 January to help support your travel if you need it.

Register for a place via the link below and on the same page, you can also click a link to our travel bursary application form which has the details and terms and conditions. Hope to see you in the new year! Register today via the link in our Bio.

#dartington #art #highereducation #highereducationmatters #opendaysessions #openday #opendays #artdegrees #artdegreestudent #studnets #studnetslife

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Seasons greetings! Our best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Image - One of the Xmas cards in the archive sent to the Elmhirsts by Sid Sharples.

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