Welcome to Dartington Arts School

Dartington Arts School is part of the historic Dartington Hall Estate, a charity that has contributed to developing a more sustainable world since 1925. We are small, but we have a network of international alumni and friends of more than 45,000 people around the globe enabling you to engage with leading thinkers, artists and activists. Many high profile and influential cultural figures have been drawn to work, study and perform at Dartington. Dartington Arts School draws on this rich international heritage and its extraordinary estate location to provide a dynamic and responsive context for contemporary study. Dartington is a distinctive learning community where students and tutors learn in dialogue with each other and with the place itself. We offer learning on a small, friendly scale with intensity and rigour. As a testbed for enacting new visions and models, Dartington has a uniquely values-driven vitality to offer to its learners.

Apply for programmes starting September 2020


Arts and Place
MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time


Poetics of Imagination
MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time

Why join us?

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.

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.

The Dartington Trust has a mission to act as a test bed to model a just and sustainable future. The arts have a crucial role to play in catalysing social and ecological change.

Statement about our learning programmes during the coronavirus outbreak

We are working to keep our focus on developing engaging experiences for all students – both today and in the coming weeks and months.

The Dartington Trust is continuing to run MA programmes remotely, and we are open for applications to postgraduate programmes at Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School due to start in September 2020.

We will soon be launching an exciting programme of online courses and learning activities. Sign up here for more information as we share new courses and experiences.