Applicant information

Thinking 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.

Information for applicants

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programme tuition fees

Our fees

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).

UK/EU International
MA/MSc Full Time
£8,000 MA/MSc Part Time (2 years)
MA/MSc Full Time
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
£3,200 available fulltime only
PG Diploma Full Time
£5,800 PG Diploma Part Time
PG Diploma International Full 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

help with fees: scholarships, loans and bursaries

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

MA Poetics of Imagination: now closed. MA Arts and Place: 1 September 2020.

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.

Download the Dartington Bursary Application Form

Dartington Scholarships

MA Poetics of Imagination: now closed. MA Arts and Place: 1 September 2020.

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:

How does art or story relate to and how might it impact on contemporary issues such as climate change, social inequity, and social divisions?​

See our scholarship terms and conditions >

student accommodation

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.

+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:

  • dyslexia
  • 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

postgraduate policies

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 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 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 Tier 4 (general) student visa

Language Requirements

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.

Language requirements

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 hold an EU passport

EU students who do not require a Tier 4 (General) visa to study in the UK (see ‘Visa requirements’, above) 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 to confirm if this exception relates to you.

For students who 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 (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 Tier 4 visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres, via the 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

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.

Please click on this link to access the test (opens in new window/tab).

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.

how to apply/supporting documentation

Closing dates for applications

First round application deadline: 1 June, 2020.

To apply for our masters courses, please visit the course page required and look for the ‘Apply Now’ section.

MA Arts and Place >
MA Poetics of Imagination >