Applicant informationThinking about applying for one of our postgraduate courses, or have a question? This page is the first place to start.
About this resource
If you’re thinking about applying for one of our postgraduate programmes, or want to learn more about the support on offer, this page is a great place to start.
Please make sure you check the individual course pages for extra information about each course before applying.
If the information below doesn’t provide the answers you’re looking for, we advise you to check our Frequently Asked Questions page.
FAQs about coronavirus and the Arts School
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How are your learning programmes affected by 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. We are open for applications to the postgraduate programme MA Arts and Place at Dartington Arts School now due to start in April 2021 – please read individual course pages carefully for full details.
I can't take my English language test due to centres being closed. What should I do?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many IELTS and SELT centres are currently closed. In order to help us assess your English language competency and continue with your postgraduate programme application, please consider taking the IELTS Indicator test. This can be done in the comfort and safety of your own home.
At present the IELTS indicator test does not replace the normal IELTS Academic test for those where English is not your first language, or the IELTS UKVI test for those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study with us, but it does enable us to continue with your application at this uncertain time. Please send in your programme application even if you do not have an IELTS test certificate and have not taken the IELTS indicator test yet. We can still begin to process your application.
I am due to start my studies in January 2020; will you be delaying the start of term?
We are continuing to make preparations to welcome our new students when it is safe to do so. We are holding a Welcome Week for new students starting 12 January 2021, but due to the current coronavirus lockdown in England, we will push back teaching dates to 19 April. Full course dates are available on the course page or from your personal tutor. If this situation changes and we have to make alternative arrangements, we will write to notify you.
We are continually reviewing all UK guidance to help us best plan for the start of the academic term, and we are taking all the necessary steps to be as flexible as we can to support you. We will be providing updates on this page.
Information for applicants
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programme tuition fees
Dartington Arts School has two tuition fee tariffs that distinguish between students who need a Student Visa and are sponsored by us and students who do not need a visa. Students requiring Student Visas are generally from outside of the UK. The higher fees reflect the additional costs to the College arising from the statutory terms of Student VIsa sponsorship, put in place by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).For information on available scholarships, bursaries and other assistance, please click here.
All fees cover the period June 2021 – May 2022. (Please note that the course deposit will vary depending on your course start date – see below.)
Basic Course Fees
|MA/MSc||Full Time: £9,450
Part Time (2 years): £5,670/year
|Full Time: £13,500/year||Full Time: £15,000/year|
|PG Diploma||Full Time: £6,899
Part Time (2 years): £4,139/year
|Full Time: £9,855/year||Full Time: £10,950/year|
|PG Certificate||Full Time: £3,780/term||Full Time: £5,400/term||Full Time: £6,000/term|
Some courses offer an MFA option (a further 60 credits of study). The following additional fees apply:
|MFA||Full Time: £5,000/year||Full Time: £6,500/year||Full Time: £6,500/year|
|Fee Level 1: £950/year||Arts and Ecology
Poetics of Imagination
|Fee Level 2: £1,200/year||Arts and Place
Reimagining Performance Practice
August 2021 – 2022
International students – £1,000
UK students – £750
Deposits are payable two weeks after acceptance of offer letters.
help with fees: scholarships, loans and bursaries
Postgraduate Loans: UK nationals resident in England are eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover the cost of tuition fees and maintenance. Find out more via this link.
Dartington Learning Bursary Fund
MA Poetics of Imagination: 1 May 2021
MA Cultural Production: 1 May 2021
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 application but it will not be considered until you have been offered and accepted a place.
MA Poetics of Imagination: 1 May 2021
MA Arts and Place: 1 December 2021 (April 2022 start)
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.
During your timetabled teaching weeks at Dartington, 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. Please see our FAQs for information about on-site accommodation for international students.
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
disability and learning support
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 section 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.
- 2019 Postgraduate Taught Tiuition 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)
Further policies will be added to this page in due course.
Last updated: 03/07/2019
Visa requirements for international students
This information is for international students applying for a low residency masters programme.
Do you need a visa to study in the UK?
Visit the gov.uk website (opens in new tab/window) for up to date information on visa requirements.
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 visit the gov.uk website (opens in new window/tab).
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 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.
For students who hold 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.
For students who live outside of the UK
To meet requirements for a Student Visa to study at Schumacher College, you need to take the UKVI IELTS Academic at an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) centre (opens in new window/tab).
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 Student Visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres, via the gov.uk website (opens in new window/tab).
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 (opens in new window/tab). If you believe you are exempt, contact us at email@example.com
Where can I book my UKVI IELTS test?
To book an IELTS ACADEMIC UKVI test, visit the official test website (opens in new window/tab).
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.
I can’t take my English language test due to centres being closed. What should I do?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many IELTS and SELT centres are currently closed. In order to help us to assess your English language competency and continue with your postgraduate programme application, please consider taking the IELTS Indicator test. This can be done in the comfort and safety of your own home.
At present the IELTS indicator test does not replace the IELTS UKVI test for those requiring a Student Visa to study with us, but it does enable us to continue with your application at this uncertain time. Please send in your programme application even if you do not have an IELTS test certificate and have not taken the IELTS indicator test yet. We can still begin to process your application.