Explore our taught postgraduate master's courses
Dartington Arts School is an innovative learning community offering arts master’s programmes and short courses
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.
Postgraduate Programmes starting September 2020
Arts and Place
MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time
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.
Poetics of Imagination
MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time or part time
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.
Closing dates for applications
First round application deadline: 1 June, 2020
Due to staff and faculty working from home, we ask that you email your applications (mailto:email@example.com) and not post. This will help ensure we receive your application in a timely manner.
Additional Documentation in Support of your Application
After you have submitted your application, please send all necessary supporting information listed below as soon as possible to allow us to process your application.
Documents should be sent by post to:
Dartington Arts School
The Old Postern
Please provide the following supporting documentation after your application:
1) Certificate(s) or transcript(s) of first degree or equivalent qualifications: these can be original or certified copies:
Photocopies MUST be certified by a public notary or solicitor (with contact details provided for them).
Any documents that are not in English MUST be accompanied by a full translation then certified by a public notary or solicitor. All translations must be accompanied by the certificate or transcript in the original language.
Important notes for Tier 4 students
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will only accept original copies of your documents during the visa application process. We are happy to accept originals, but it is safer to post certified photocopies which meet the above guidelines. Please bring the originals with you to enrolment if offered a place. UKVI also require a full translation of any documents that are not in English.
Dartington Arts School is licensed under The Dartington Hall Trust as a Tier 4 Sponsor. To comply with our sponsorship duties, we are required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements. We will look at previous studies in the UK and other aspects outlined in UKVI guidance for sponsors. Information you provide on your application form will be passed on to the UKVI once you have been offered a place and Dartington Arts School agrees to sponsor you.
2) A recent passport-size photograph
3) A copy of the front cover and information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport before you come to the UK to study).
4) A copy of any previous or current UK visa.
5) Two references:
One academic/employer reference to comment on your academic ability and suitability to undertake postgraduate study. We will accept an employer’s reference where you have not been recently engaged in academic study.
One personal reference to comment on your ability to contribute to shared research and/or your experience of living or working in a community setting.
Please submit your references by email attachment. The letter should be written on headed paper and sent directly to the College by your referee, from their work email address. The e-mail should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject line: ‘Reference for [applicants name]’
6) If English is not your first language
you must take the IELTS test - International Tier 4 applicants - you must take the UKVI IELTS test.
EU applicants - you must take the IELTS Academic test
Please post an original or clear copy of your IELTS certificate, or send a scanned copy to email@example.com. All copies are verified online using the IELTS verification service.
Translations of documents which are not in English
The original translation must contain:
- confirmation from the translator/translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- the date of the translation
- the translator/an authorised official of the translation company’s full name and signature, and
- the translator/translation company’s contact details.
Documentary requirements for Tier 4 applicants can be found here: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/documents-you-must-provide. Please read the Guidance and Appendix at the bottom of the page.
Last updated: 12/12/2019
Term Dates – Academic Year 2020 - 2021
|Term Dates||Notable Dates|
|Autumn Term||15 September 2020 – 11 December 2020||13 August 2021 - Deadline for Final Project/Dissertation for MA Arts and Place, MA Poetics of Imagination|
|Winter Term||11 January – 1 April 2021|
|Spring Term||19 April – 18 June|
|Summer Term||21 June – 10 September|
Contact us for details of part-time programme patterns and deadlines.
MA Arts and Place and MA Poetics of Imagination runs through the Autumn, Winter and Spring terms with a final project/dissertation deadline of 13 August 2021.
Last updated: 29/01/2020
Dartington Arts School has two tuition fee tariffs that distinguish between students who need a student visa and are sponsored by us under Tier 4 and students who do not need a visa. Students requiring Tier 4 visas are generally from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) area. The higher fees reflect the additional costs to the College arising from the statutory terms of Tier 4 sponsorship, put in place by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
|MA/MSc Full Time
MA/MSc Part Time (2 years)
|MA/MSc Full Time
MA/MSc Part Time (2 years)
|Top up to MA with PG Cert entry
£5,800 full-time and part-time pro-rata p.a.
Top up to MA with PG Dip entry
|PG Diploma Full Time
PG Diploma Part Time
|PG Diploma International Full Time
PG Diploma International Part Time
|PG Certificate Full Time
|PG Certificate Full Time
Some programmes have additional programme-specific fees and costs. See programme details.
Tier 4 students - £1,000
UK and EU students - £750
Postgraduate Taught Loans: We have submitted an application to the Office for Students (OfS) which would enable students who are UK nationals resident in England to be eligible for a postgraduate loan. We will confirm this to applicants as soon as we know the outcome of our registration application.
Dartington Arts School Postgraduate Bursary Fund
The Dartington Arts School Bursary Fund exists to enable students in financial need to participate in our postgraduate programmes. All students are eligible to apply for the Tuition Fees Bursary. The bursary fund is dependent on fundraising and varies each year.
You may submit a bursary application with your postgraduate application but it will not be considered until you have been offered and accepted a place.
Dartington Learning awards one scholarship for each full-time master's programme to cover a percentage of tuition fees. To apply for a Dartington Scholarship, applicants must apply as a full-time MA student. Scholarship applicants are also able to apply for a bursary at the same time. The decision will be based upon a combination of what is deemed by the programme coordinator as the highest scoring response against the marking criteria, the course application form, a successful interview, and evidence that the individual can cover the remaining costs.
To apply for a scholarship please submit a written statement on the question below for the programme of your choice. Your statement should be no longer than 500 words and submitted alongside your application to study at Dartington. Send your statement to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does art or story relate to and how might it impact on contemporary issues such as climate change, social inequity, and social divisions?
Applying for student accommodation
Dartington Arts School offers simple private bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities located on the Dartington Estate.
You can live on the Dartington campus, set in a unique 1,200 acre estate with cafes and restaurants, beautiful Grade II listed gardens, trails and deer park, an independent barn cinema, shops and walking, running and biking trails just minutes from the River Dart. We’ll do our best to place you in your preferred room type, but we cannot guarantee this.
If you have a disability or medical condition, let us know and we'll consider your needs when we look at accommodation applications.
Our student accommodation cost is £299/week and includes:
- A private, single bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities
- Weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Bed-linen and towels
- Laundry facilities
For students who wish to live off-site, food-only options are £169/week.
ENQIRIES AND APPLICATIONS:
+44 (0) 1803 847236
Page last updated: 15/01/2020
We value diversity and we are committed to providing equality of opportunity at Dartington Arts School. We aim to provide student support services that embrace difference and support all students along their learning journey.
Some people may have additional needs or a disabilty that requires extra support in order to allow them to fully take part in the learning community, for example:
- specific learning difficulties
- mental health difficulties
- a long term health condition
- hearing or visual impairment
If you are a prospective student and you have a disability or learning support need, we're here to help.
What do I do next?
Please download and complete a Disclosure Form and send it to us as soon as possible.
The purpose of your disclosure is to enable us to understand your disability or learning needs and see how we may be able to meet them if you are offered a place on the course.
The earlier this conversation occurs the better; this allows both you and the School to reflect on what reasonable adjustments are possible and if there are any support requirements you may need to consider organising independently.
Please note: disclosing challenges to your learning will not affect your application and disclosures will be handled independently.
If you have concerns about disclosure
If you have any concerns about disclosure you are encouraged to discuss this with the Postgraduate Admissions team at Dartington Arts School.
Telephone: +44 (0)1803 847212
Administration opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:30
All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Students on a programme accredited by Plymouth University may also contact Student Support at University of Plymouth. Please mention you are applying to Dartington Arts School so that they can advise you correctly.
Web: University of Plymouth
telephone: +44 1752 587676
University opening times: Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00, Friday 08:30 to 16:30
This page details policies, proceedures and regulations in relation to Postgraduate Programmes at Dartington Arts School
- Postgraduate Taught Programme Admissions Policy for applications 2019-2020 (PDF Document)
This policy can be additionally be download on the Making an Application page.
- 2020 Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fee Policy - Relating to Withdrawal or Interruption of Studies (PDF Document)
- 2019 Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fee Policy - Relating to Withdrawal or Interruption of Studies (PDF Document)
- 2018 Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fee Policy - Relating to Withdrawal or Interruption of Studies (PDF Document)
- 2017 Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fee Policy - Relating to Withdrawal or Interruption of Studies (PDF Document)
- Non-refundable deposit Policy (PDF Document)
Last updated: 03/07/2019
Information for international students applying for a low residency master's programme
Do you need a visa to study in the UK?
Information about Short Term Study Visas (PG Certificate Courses)
If you are studying for a course of 6 months or less you may be able to apply for a Short Term Study visa. For further information see:- https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa
It is important to note that a Short Term Study Visa cannot be extended. UKVI rules mean that it would not be possible to return to the UK to complete a further period of postgraduate study with Dartington Arts School. If you are considering a PG Diploma or our master's programmes you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (general) student visa.
Dartington Arts School requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language before they begin their proposed course of study. Students must be able to converse and write fluently in English. Below you can find what your language requirements are.
Do you have a UK passport or are from the UK?
All students from the UK should hold at a minimum a GCSE English Language qualification at Grade C or above.
Do you hold an EU passport?
EU students who do not require a Tier 4 (General) visa to study in the UK should have the following:
IELTS Academic (B2 level) achieving 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) achieving 62, with no less than 46 in each section.
Are there any exceptions to this requirement?
Students who do not require a visa to study in the UK and are nationals of a majority English-speaking country may be accepted without an English qualification. Please email email@example.com to confirm if this exception relates to you.
Do you live outside of the EU?
To meet requirements for a Tier 4 visa to study at Schumacher College, you need to take the UKVI IELTS Academic at an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) centre .
The entry standards are as follows:
You need to achieve a 6.5 overall with a minimum of a 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This is equivalent to a B2 level.
You can find detailed information about Tier 4 visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english
Are there any exceptions to this requirement?
There are few exceptions. To check if any apply to you, please check the up-to-date information provided by the Home Office here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english . If you believe you are exempt, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I book my UKVI IELTS test?
To book an IELTS ACADEMIC UKVI test: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-ukvi/book-ielts-ukvi
How long is my test certificate valid for?
Test results are valid for 2 years.
When should I book my test?
Book a test as soon as you make an application to Dartington Arts School. UKVI IELTS test sites can become very busy and it may be difficult to find a convenient date and location.