Starting September 2020
Arts and Place
MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full time and part time
What does ‘subject to approval’ mean?
Developing skills and knowledge for the generation of artworks in response to place and in arts residencies. 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 in response to place. The programme involves residency-based learning at Dartington and at three other hosts around the country. Arts residencies are a significant part of the contemporary arts industry and of contemporary art making. We are increasingly confronted with complex challenges that require new ways of knowing and forms of collaborative engagement and practice, which can be addressed in this master’s enquiry. This course enables you to develop your creative practice and your professional practice knowledge and network alongside each other.
A full-time (1 year) or part-time programme (2 years) with 4 x 30 credit modules and 1 x 60 credit dissertation or final major project module. The taught (30 credit) modules are six weeks’ long. The first six-week module is delivered at Dartington and the subsequent three modules each involve 10 days fieldwork with a host organisation located around the UK with supported e-learning inbetween. Students have optional access to bookable studios and workshops at Dartington.
Photo Credit: Tania Candiani, Landscape Sound Amplifier, Site specific installation, Exoplanet Lot, Saint Cirq Lapopie, France, 2016. Photo: Yohann Gozard. Courtesy of the artist. Exoplanet Lot was organised by Maison des Arts Georges et Claude Pompidou, Cajarc.
Subject to approval* What does this mean?
Closing dates for applications
First round application deadline: 1 June, 2020
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 which 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 Dartington 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: 14/11/2019
There is one six-week timetabled teaching period at Dartington when you must live on site (or nearby in Totnes or the vicinity) and participate in the learning community. From November to March there are three 10-day fieldtrips when you will be in residence at three other locations in the UK.
Outside of the six-week period at Dartington and the three 10-day fieldtrips, international students (only) can request accommodation and full board onsite for terms 1 and 2 and this would require you to participate in the learning community activities. Alternatively you can opt to live nearby or anywhere in the UK and travel to and from Dartington for the six-week taught period and to and from the three fieldtrip locations.
We have a limited number of residential places available for international students. Apply as early as possible.
Module One: Approaching Residencies (30 credits)
A grounding in methods and concepts to support collaborative practice and inter-transdisciplinary engagement with complexity. Using the Dartington estate as a residency focus, this module is an introduction to the history, theory and practice of making artworks in residency contexts. Techniques for engaging with site and community in relation to your own practice are developed.
Module Two: Urban Places (30 credits)
This module explores the development of arts practice in an urban residency context through fieldwork with a residency host and the development of a project. Students extend their understanding and creative engagement with the complexity of place into urban contexts.
Module Three: Contemporary Remote (30 credits)
This module explores the development of arts practice in a rural or digital residency context through fieldwork with a residency host and the development of a project. It further develops students’ creative engagements with the complexities of place.
Module Four: Themes in Residency (30 credits)
This module explores the development of arts practice in response to themed residency contexts through fieldwork with a residency host and the development of a project. It allows students to make work in response to key issues such as social justice, climate change, the role of cultural workers in contemporary society and well-being.
Module Five: Final Major Project (60 credits)
The final major project enables students to pursue a creative project of their own interest, or an academic essay interrogating arts and place, arts practice in residency theory and practice, or a combination of project and essay (50/50). The outcome is presented in the public domain at Dartington or at one of the host residency locations.
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|
15–18 September 2020 Welcome Week
21 September–30 October 2020 Module 1 Teaching Weeks at Dartington
19–23 April 2021 Module 5 Teaching Week at Dartington
Beyond the teaching dates at Dartington, there are three 10-day residencies at three host organisations around the UK taking place in November 2020, February 2021 and March 2021. Contact us for further details.
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
In addition to tuition fees, you will also need to budget for travel and accommodation and material costs.
The first six weeks module is delivered at Dartington and is a full timetable over at least four days of each week. You will need to either live on site with full board, participating in the learning community @ £299 per week or live nearby and travel in and out.
The programme also includes three x 10 day fieldtrips where you will need to pay for your accommodation and travel.
Depending on the type of work you develop, you are also likely to have some material costs during the course and for your final project, which you should bear this in mind, when considering the total costs you need to budget for.
Alan Boldon, Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Arts and Place
Alan Boldon is a practising painter and Interim Managing Director of The Dartington Hall Trust. He has held academic posts at Dartington Hall Trust, University of Brighton, Dartington College of Arts and University of the West of England. He is also Honorary Fellow at Winchester (University of Southampton) and Visiting Fellow at Bristol University. His Visiting Professorships have included Trondheim School of Arts, University of New Mexico, Banff Centre for the Arts, University of Sussex. He is chair of the Dartington LASER Talks and is on the board of Leonardo Journal. He has worked with arts organisations including RSA, Plymouth City Council, Tobacco Factory, Arnolfini, Tate, and SoundArt Radio. He has curated a number of projects including Desire Lines, Dartington Gallery, and a Luxembourg Capital of Culture project.
Dr Tracey Warr, Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Arts and Place
Tracey Warr is a fiction and non-fiction writer. Her most recent books on contemporary art are The Midden (Garret, 2018) and Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture (Routledge, 2015). She is currently Head of Learning Programmes & Research at Dartington and has previously held academic posts at Dartington College of Arts; Oxford Brookes University; Glasgow School of Art; Bauhaus University, Weimar; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Surrey Institute of Art and Design. She has undertaken many art residencies including Modern Art Oxford; MIT, Cambridge, US; Helsinki International Artists’ Programme; Maison Daura, Saint Cirq Lapopie, France; Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland and Matadero, Madrid. She has curated many artists’ projects and residencies, including working with James Turrell, Marina Abramovic, Marcus Coates, London Fieldworks and many more. Her PhD was awarded by University of Plymouth and was entitled The Creative Act: Writing and Curating with Artists.
More hosts to be announced shortly
Watershed Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol
Hilary O’Shaughnessy https://www.watershed.co.uk/studio/residents/hilary-oshaughnessy/
Victoria Tillotson https://www.watershed.co.uk/studio/residents/victoria-tillotson/
Martin O’Leary https://www.watershed.co.uk/studio/residents/martin-oleary/
Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland
Alan Smith and Helen Ratcliffe established ACA in 1995. Since then they have delivered an extensive archive of projects and residencies for creative practitioners that brings together myriad combinations of themes in contemporary art and contemporary living in both the local and global context. Often pairing art with other disciplines such as science, astronomy, environment and philosophy, the creative outcomes present a wealth of ideas and practices many of which can be viewed on our projects page: https://www.acart.org.uk/art-projects-aca
Helen Ratcliffe is co-curator and development director at ACA. She is responsible for fundraising, project management, developing partnerships with regional and international organisations whilst shaping the future identity and sustainability of ACA. Since living in Northumberland, Helen has also worked outside of ACA as Exhibitions Director at Queens Hall Arts in Hexham, the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and the Florescent Art Festival in Soho, London. Previous to that, she ran the Student Union Gallery at the University of Massachusetts and went on to work with the Director of Pace Gallery in New York City.
Alan Smith is co-curator and artistic director at ACA. In his own practice as participant/observer, he creates live events, performance and audio/video installations that subtly shift the security of apparent normality. Real and imagined locations appropriated from the North Pennines environment are vital and loom large in his work; from the labyrinth of disused lead mines under-ground, to the vast, exposed fells and forests, to the dark, starry skies above. His own creative practice merges with his curatorial role, authoring projects such as As Above So Below, Beyond and Continuum. Alan has worked as guest lecturer and has delivered talks and workshops at several UK universities including Newcastle, Manchester, London, as well as with international partners in Lithuania and New Zealand.
Outlandia, Glen Nevis
Outlandia is an off-grid treehouse in Glen Nevis, Scotland, imagined by artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson, designed by architect Malcolm Fraser and built by Norman Clark. Also see https://www.remoteperformances.co.uk, on a radio project at Outlandia with Resonance FM.
Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson
Artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson formed London Fieldworks in 2000 to promote an interdisciplinary and collaborative arts practice. https://londonfieldworks.com
Having formed a notion of ecology as a complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worlds, London Fieldworks work across social engagement, installation, sculpture, architecture, film and publishing to situate works both in the gallery and in the landscape, for screen and radio.
Their recent exhibitions and screenings include: Poetic Expansions series at ZKM, Karlsruhe; Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong; Tropixel Festival, Ubatuba, Brazil; Bio-Fiction, Vienna/Nijmegan/Tokyo; Trafo Gallery, Budapest; Tranzit.ro, Bucharest; The Negligent Eye, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Sprengel Museum, Hamburg; Are We Sufficiently Bored? Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA; Tent Gallery, Edinburgh Arts Festival (EAF15).
London Fieldworks’ honours and awards include Art Foundation Award 2015–Art in the Elements (runner up); Aesthetica Art Prize 2015–100 Contemporary Artists (longlisted); Awarded BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT by London Short Film Festival 2014 for End of the Road in Documentary: Hinterlands & Frontiers category; Honorary Mention, Ars Electronica, Linz, Hybrid Art category (2010); British Council Artist Links Residency Award Brazil (2009); Architects Journal Small Projects Award 2009 (short list); Special Mention, Vida 10.0, Madrid, ART AND ARTIFICIAL LIFE (2007); Arts Council England International Fellowship (2002); British Association, Royal Society Millennium Fellowship (2000); Arts Council of England Year of the Artist Award (2000); 1st prize Toshiba/ICA Art & Innovation Commission (1995).
Their work has been supported by Computer Arts Society; Arts & Humanities Research Council; Henry Moore Foundation; Arts Council England; Scottish Arts Council; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Northern Arts; National Endownment for the Arts (USA).
- £8,000 UK and EU, £15,000 International full time
- £4,500 UK and EU, £8,000 International part time
- Residencies at leading arts organisations around the country