The Only Specialist Art and Design College
in the Midlands, UK


The College was first established in the centre of Hereford in the 1850s. Since then, it has grown to offer a whole host of courses and qualifications to local, national and international students. We are the only dedicated Arts College in the West Midlands offering a range of undergraduate courses in art, design and media arts at foundation degree and BA (Hons) entry level. Our status provides students with a unique focus and experience informal, individual, creative and unpredictable, like a real arts College should be. As a smaller College we can offer very individual, personal attention to each student access to tutors, workshops and technical demonstrators is readily available and we are able to offer individual workspaces on a number of our courses. We guarantee that all applicants will be offered an interview and the opportunity to tour around the studios, workshops and facilities as well as being able to talk informally to current students and staff.

As a small college it is really easy to meet staff regularly, discuss issues and find the support and encouragement you need. The close contact we offer with teaching and technical staff is unparalleled anywhere else in the country - you really will not find anywhere at any level that gives you more teaching and support than you will receive as a student at HCA. We have an exciting, closely interlinked and expanding range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which have just been successfully reviewed by QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) who thoroughly inspect all higher education courses throughout the UK. They identified areas of good practice; in the way we listen and respond to students, for creating an environment which strengthens their academic and personal development, and their career prospects. We have an inspirational campus in outstanding listed buildings, which contain stunning new workshops and resources, studios and social spaces for you to make use of.

Contact us now to learn about the most up-to-date entry requirements and admission policy of the school. We will guide you step by step throughout the whole application process; we will help you make an interview appointment with the school, providing useful interview advice and insightful suggestions in portfolio preparation for your students.


The right size for students to be well known to staff with high levels of support

Friendly, informal atmosphere where everyone is completely focussed on developing and supporting the creative talents of students

One of the remaining colleges dedicated to the arts in the UK

Lots of teaching and support with tutors, many are practising artists and designers

Great access to a range of workshops no matter what course you are on

Located in a vibrant and student-friendly city, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking countryside in the UK

Great value student housing and a very safe place for students to live and work

University Destinations

The Foundation Diploma is a long established and highly successful progression route into art, design and media degree courses.

  • Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Camberwell School of Art, UAL
  • Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • London College of Communication, UAL
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Chelsea College of Art, UAL
  • University of Brighton
  • London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Hereford College of Arts
  • Wimbledon College of Art, UAL
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

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