- A programme for current cultural producers looking to enhance their knowledge, those in allied fields seeking a route into careers in the arts and cultural sectors, and activist creatives
- Your chance to seize the opportunity to create new types of cultural agency, activity and venues in a period of massive change, uncertainty and potential opportunities in the arts and culture post-Covid and Brexit
MA: 1 year FT, 2 years PT.
Other routes are available, including online options – see ‘Learning Pathways’
April. (Our master’s courses start at various points in the calendar year – find out why.)
full Term dates
Spring and Summer Term: Monday 25 April – Friday 22 July 2022
Autumn Term: Monday 12 September – Friday 2 December 2022
Winter Term: Monday 9 January – Friday 31 March 2023
onsite teaching weeks
25 Apr – 6 Jun: Module 1
13 Jun – 15 Jul: Module 2
25 Jul – 27 Aug: Module 3
5 Sep – 7 Oct: Module 4
17 Oct – 16 Jan 2023: Module 5 – Major Project / Dissertation
An online version of this course is available – see ‘Learning Pathways’ below for details.
next application deadline
Our degree programmes are designed to suit the complexities of modern life, allowing you to live where you live and work where you work, whilst studying the subject you are passionate about as a member of our wide-reaching learning community.
Some qualifications are offered part-time – these are indicated below.
MAster's (ft/pt; 180 credits)
A full-time (1 year) or part-time programme (2 years, UK students only) with 4 x 30 credit modules and 1 x 60 credit dissertation or major project module. The taught (30 credit) modules are six weeks’ long. Teaching at Dartington is concentrated into two-week periods for each of the first four modules, with supported e-learning and independent learning inbetween.
MFA (ft/pt; Master's plus further study)
The MFA option involves a further 60 credits of study resulting in a significant, self initiated public outcome, performance, exhibition or publication. Participants will be drawn from our own MA programmes as well as those from other institutions.
Postgraduate Diploma (ft/pt; 120 credits)
A full-time (1 year) or part-time programme (2 years, UK students only) with 4 x 30 credit modules. Students taking the full-time option will study all four modules during the first two terms. For full details on part-time pathways, please contact us.
Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
A full-time programme with 2 x 30 credit modules. Students will study both modules during term one.
First module only (30 credits)
Modules from this course can be studied on a standalone basis, with 30 credits allocated per module.
To apply for the accredited single module option, apply in the usual way, selecting the ‘single module’ option during the application process.
All options for this course are offered on a low-residency model, and are also available online-only. Please ensure you select the online-only option during your application as required.
What does it really mean to create, curate and manage cultural organisations and arts projects? How has the current climate effected the arts sector, and what new skills does producing events post-Covid call for? How does the new normal in the arts play in rural and urban contexts?
This programme is designed to help you build and enhance your production, managerial, administrative, fundraising and creative curatorial skills, to survive in the contemporary arts sector. We will look at how to apply creative leadership and ethical principles in managing artistic excellence, cultural heritage and events.
Whilst developing new cultural approaches, theories of contemporary public engagement, audience development and alternative models of routes to the creative industries, you will gain increased awareness of and ability to engage with the civic role of culture in society. You will also develop entrepreneurial and resourceful approaches to creating cultural outcomes, new cultural organisations and building audiences beyond traditional spaces and sited events.
Cultural Production includes taught sessions with our arts programming staff such as Emily Hoare, Director of Arts for Dartington Trust. Dartington presents four major international festivals every year including its renowned Dartington Music Festival & Summer School, currently directed by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
Dartington has a cinema, a gallery, artists in residence and a year-round programme of arts events and short courses; you will have opportunities to gain experience with these events. And see the Residency Network Hosts section of our Arts and Place course page for an indication of our network of partner arts organisations.
programme structure & modules
Modules 1 and 2 and 3 run sequentially during term 1 and 2. Module 4 runs for the whole of term 3 and is the final project for students exiting with an MA. For those wishing to undertake an MFA they will attend for a further 2 terms full time or 1 year part time. Below are draft modules, which are indicative only at this stage, though we hope to confirm more details soon.
Principles of Cultural Production and Management (30 credits)
The module explores practical and theoretical issues surrounding Arts and Cultural Management. It looks at the changing cultural landscape, the Arts councils 10 year stratergy, changes to the cultural landscape post Covid and Brexit and the opportunities that arise. It examines the consequences of shifting cultural policy, regionality, parity and accessibility. It looks at audiences and participation and what is genuine engagement. And it looks at value, both financial and societal. The module also starts to build level 7 research knowledge and approaches.
The Producer’s Tool Kit (30 credits)
This module aims to build or enhance an essential tool kit required to be an effective Cultural producer. It covers through a number of lectures and practical assignments, skills as diverse as digital marketing, funding applications, evaluation skills, audience development, leadership skills and the skills required to self start and generate opportunities outside of the current cultural establishment. The module explores how the cultural sector is both distinct but also draws on the work of other areas of the economy/society. Additionally, this module requires students to project forward, to imagine their career trajectory, to understand their own strengths and areas for development and to plan their ongoing Personal Development Plan.
Space, Curation, Programming (60 credits)
This module requires the practical application of skills acquired to date, to be applied to a number of live and simulated assignments. Students will work both individually and in groups, in traditional cultural contexts and in popup real world and virtual environments. Students will make proposals, devise funding strategies, create marketing plans, devise curatorial frame works, produce programme plans, Catalogue essays etc. The module provides a setting to question the nature of how cultural venues are set up and are run against a background of shifting cultural policy. These activities will take place both in the lecture space as well as through a number of partner organisations.
MA Dissertation/Final Project (60 credits)
This module supports the student’s Cultural, Management and production skills. Students will devise and negotiate an appropriate and relevant personal assignment which will enable them to demonstrate their practical, creative, theoretical and reflective practice. The module culminates in a public showing of work, relevant and authentic to the practice alongside the submission of a formal piece of writing. Outputs from the module will evidence the depth of development and synthesis of knowledge from the programme.
MFA Professional Project (60 credits)
This module is self-initiated from the outset and prioritises individual research, conducted under supervision with identified tutors and other mentors and external advisors considered essential to the study. MFA students learn from and contribute to the delivery of the module through their interaction with peers, tutors and the wider arts and cultural community. Emphasis is placed upon independence, originality, initiative and enterprise. Teaching and learning will be complimented by the wide range of visiting lecturers (e.g. artists, Curators, choreographers, directors, performers composers, critics, producers, etc), providing the opportunity to discuss work with renowned experts. Students will develop individual opportunities with national and/or international venues, opportunities, agencies, etc., which may also result in working independently or at distance. Culmination of the module is the production of a substantial and resolved creative outcome that will be exhibited/performed/published and assessed in an appropriate public arena.
Qualification(s) required for entry to the MA
BA (Honours) Degree: A first degree in an arts, or humanities subject. All applicants will be required to present examples of relevant work. Where the first degree is not arts or humanities-related, a portfolio of work will be required in support of the application or experience that is equivalent and demonstrates interest or track record in related field.
Other non-standard awards or experience: A willingness to engage with the field of Cultural Production. Candidates will be considered with prior credited learning and prior experiences subject to interview. *
Interview requirements: All applicants are required to attend an interview, either at the School or online.
*For further information please contact our admissions team at email@example.com.
For full details on our fees, plus information about scholarships, student loans and bursaries, click here.
Tim Bolton is Head of Programmes at Dartington Trust, and course leader for our Reimagining Performance Practice and Cultural Production programmes.
Tim is an artist, educator and Ward Councillor for Burrator on West Devon Borough Council, and for the 7 years prior to joining Dartington Trust, was Vice Principal of Plymouth College of Art. He studied at the RCA, practicing in architectural ceramics and glass.
Tim co-developed the first Creative Free School in the UK, Plymouth School of Creative Arts.
Tim co-founded Making Futures in 2009, a biannual international conference on crafts and sustainability. His is researching endangered craft skills in the UK and worldwide, including ceramics, glass and weaving in India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. With the British Council, Tim has helped support entrepreneurial activity related to the economic and political empowerment of women.
Tim was on the board of Ocean Studios, and is a selector for the South West Showcase, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Greenhill Arts, Get Fresh, Bovey Tracey Craft Fair and helped PVAC (Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium) bring the British Art Show to Plymouth. He is on the board of the Group For Learning in Art and Design (GLAD).
dr Tracey Warr
Tracey is Head of Dartington Arts School and Head of Research. She is a fiction and non-fiction writer and also works with text in the vicinity of art.
Her books on contemporary art include The Midden (Garret, 2018), Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture (Routledge, 2015) and The Artist’s Body (Phaidon, 2000).
She has published numerous catalogue essays and journal articles on a wide range of contemporary artists including Christian Thompson, James Turrell, Hayley Newman and Marcus Coates. Her recent fiction includes the future fiction, The Water Age (Meanda Books, 2018) and historical fiction, The Drowned Court (Impress, 2017). Her future fiction writing has a particular focus on water. She was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for Fiction and is currently working on a biography of three medieval sisters, entitled Three Female Lords, which received an Authors Foundation grant. She was awarded a Literature Wales Writer’s Bursary and a Santander Research Award. She has undertaken art residencies including Modern Art Oxford; MIT, Cambridge, US; Helsinki International Artists’ Programme, Finland; Maison Daura, Saint Cirq Lapopie, France; Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland and Matadero, Madrid, Spain. She has curated many artists’ projects and residencies, including working with Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Marina Abramovic, Helen Chadwick, Cornelia Parker, London Fieldworks and many more.
Emily is Creative Director for Dartington Trust.Read More
“I worked in a cultural centre in France and then in London for 10 years. At Blackheath Halls I worked in administration, box office and then operations. As Operations Manager I was responsible for the commercial hires of the venue, and the delivery of the concert programme and events. When we merged with Trinity College of Music I took a role there in Project Management. I then worked at the Royal Opera House as a Major Donor Manager, looking after various campaigns and donors as well as the Endowment fund and legacy campaign.
“In 2009 I moved back to Devon to be the Programme Manager of the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival and was appointed Creative Director in March 2021.
“I grew up here at Dartington, my parents worked at the College of Art and the boarding school, and I went to Dartington Primary and KEVICC, so this is really home for me, and also for my young children, to whom I am a solo mum.
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