Dartington Learning

The Dartington Hall Trust is an independent higher education provider with postgraduate degrees validated by University of Plymouth and delivered through Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School. We also offer crafts courses, Schumacher College short courses, schools' programmes for children and the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival. 

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.

Schumacher College has developed an international reputation for transformative nature-based learning. They offer small class sizes, in an intimate setting, on courses relating to ecology and sustainability. Based on the beautiful 1,200 acre Dartington Estate, the College welcomes students from more than 80 countries who wish to join the search for solutions to some of the most complex problems facing our planet. Come to Schumacher College for short courses and postgraduate study – and be inspired by leading thinkers, practitioners and activists of our age.

Dartington’s International Summer School & Festival delivers four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to classical to jazz.

The Summer School is for everyone – professional musicians, music students of all ages, people who love to play, sing and write and people who love to listen.

By day, classes and courses covering a range of music take place; by night an extensive concert programme, featuring internationally renowned performers, lights up the Dartington Estate.

The Craft Revolution runs a vibrant craft programme of courses, projects, events and talks, and also facilitate the The Shippon Studios, a thriving makers space on the estate.

Collaboration with over 50 makers from across the South West and beyond has resulted in an exciting and popular range of courses in carpentry, furniture, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, bookbinding and artisan cookery.

It is a movement about making; a learning space, an ideas lounge, an action station. A story of ‘doing’ over ‘not doing’.