River Dart
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Light installation at Aller Park

Join our radical learning community and experience transformative learning for yourself in stunning surroundings!

 

The Arts School is a new faculty of Dartington Trust, a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre estate near Totnes.

Students will join an incredible community of current students, staff and alumni, and experience for themselves the leading-edge models of progressive learning in the arts and ecology at Dartington. More about us

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. 

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.

INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19)

We are taking the current crisis extremely seriously. At present we are continuing to run MA programmes remotely, and we are open for applications to postgraduate programmes at Dartington Arts School. More information can be found in our FAQs section.

Our postgraduate programmes 

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Arts and Ecology*

MFA, MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time and part time
Starts January 2022

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. How can we combine urgency with deepening attention? What is the relationship between art and activism, art and social change? How can ingrained habits, behaviours, assumptions be changed through arts practice?

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Arts and Place

MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time
Starts April 2021

Develop skills and knowledge to generate artworks in response to place through fieldwork at Dartington and three other rural and urban art residency locations around the UK. Open to practitioners and curators working in any art form including performance, writing, soundart, moving image, photography, digital art and fine art. The course places particular emphasis on collaborative practice.
festival

Cultural Production*

MFA, MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time and part time
Starts September 2021

What does it really mean to create, curate and manage cultural organisations and arts projects? 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.
bathers in the river dart

Poetics of Imagination

MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time
Starts September 2021

Explore story and culture. Examining how we have conjured stories from the earliest times to the present day. The course is centred around oral telling and opens to a broader spectrum of arts, examining the work of ancient to contemporary storytellers, writers and artists.
musician dartington tiltyard

Reimagining Performance Practice*

MFA, MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time and part time
Starts January 2022

Reimagining Performance Practice is an integrative, transdisciplinary programme for performers, and anyone working in the field of performance, who are determined to reimagine performance and performative public engagement for the coming decades.

Apply now for our Arts and Place MA starting April 2021

The Arts School is part of the historic Dartington Trust, a charity that has contributed to developing a more sustainable world since 1925.

Students will join an incredible community of alumni who have experienced progressive learning in the arts at Dartington. More about us

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.
Dartington Arts School is at the centre of the Dartington Trust’s 1,200 acre estate. The trust is an educational charity that supports learning in ecology, the arts and social justice.
INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19)

We are taking the current crisis extremely seriously. At present we are continuing to run MA programmes remotely, and we are open for applications to postgraduate programmes at Dartington Arts School due to start in September 2020. More information can be found in our FAQs section.

Our postgraduate programmes 

aloe

Arts and Ecology*

MFA, MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time and part time
Starts January 2022

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. How can we combine urgency with deepening attention? What is the relationship between art and activism, art and social change? How can ingrained habits, behaviours, assumptions be changed through arts practice?

arts and place image

Arts and Place

MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time
Starts April 2021

Develop skills and knowledge to generate artworks in response to place through fieldwork at Dartington and three other rural and urban art residency locations around the UK. Open to practitioners and curators working in any art form including performance, writing, soundart, moving image, photography, digital art and fine art. The course places particular emphasis on collaborative practice.
festival

Cultural Production*

MFA, MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time and part time
Starts September 2021

What does it really mean to create, curate and manage cultural organisations and arts projects? 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.
bathers in the river dart

Poetics of Imagination

MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time
Starts September 2021

Explore story and culture. Examining how we have conjured stories from the earliest times to the present day. The course is centred around oral telling and opens to a broader spectrum of arts, examining the work of ancient to contemporary storytellers, writers and artists.
musician dartington tiltyard

Reimagining Performance Practice*

MFA, MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time and part time
Starts January 2022

Reimagining Performance Practice is an integrative, transdisciplinary programme for performers, and anyone working in the field of performance, who are determined to reimagine performance and performative public engagement for the coming decades.