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

postgraduate programmes

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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 and Ecology podcast kicks off

New Arts and Ecology podcast kicks off

In April this year, the MA Arts & Ecology returned to Dartington with a renewed focus on the development of arts practice in the context of the climate crisis. Now the team behind the masters programme have launched a new podcast about the vital role art and...

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Student Accommodation Fees Reduced

Student Accommodation Fees Reduced

As part of our continuing efforts to make studying at Dartington more affordable, and in recognition of the costs that students face today, we are reducing our postgraduate accommodation fees by 30% for the next academic year.

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Allenheads Contemporary Arts (ACA) welcomes MA Arts and Place students Gavin Blench and Stephe Gray for a 2-week artist residency responding to the theme: Out of the Darkness: subterrania and the cosmos. Working at ACA’s rural base situated within a designated Dark Skies Area, they have the opportunity to use the on-site astronomical observatory (North Pennines Observatory) to explore some of the country's best views of stars, meteor showers and the Milky Way. In contrast, they may also engage with the rich mining history of the area, where below ground is a labyrinth of lead mining tunnels and chambers, excavated by hand in the 18th Century, most of which no natural light ever reaches. The artists will have an Open Studio on Friday 30th September. All welcome.

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