International Students

Hereford College of Arts is a great destination for international students wishing to study art & design courses.


We welcome international students for the diversity and energy they bring to our community. They help us to keep a very global outlook and perspective at a time when cultures are becoming increasingly and more instantly connected.

Why not take a look at the tour around our College Road Campus and a typical day as a student

We also know that we can look after you well and give you a very good experience. Key benefits for international students are:

  • 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
  • A very safe place for students to live and work



international students

Why Choose Us?

Roshnee Valla, from Zimbabwe - BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design Top-up
I was looking to join the final year of a degree course and convert my existing qualification into a full BA (Hons); I found this course on the UCAS website along with a few others. I decided to study at HCA because out of all the other unis and colleges this was the most friendly and supportive. I had a few problems getting my visa sorted but the College could not have been more helpful and they were quick to get back to me. I was able to have my interview and discuss my work via Skype with the Course Leader. One other good thing, the course started in October which meant that the airfares were cheaper! When I arrived at the College I really felt included and was impressed with the studios, teaching staff and facilities, which are all excellent.  My advice to other international students: Enquire early, as the visa application process can be lengthy and ask loads of questions!

Gabe Chaille, from Illinois, USA - BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing
I’ve been fascinated by blacksmithing since I was quite small and heard about the Artist Blacksmithing course at Hereford as a result of talking to Californian-based British Blacksmith, Mark Aspery during a blacksmithing demonstration at SIU Carbondale. The idea of combining forged metalwork practice within an art school environment at degree level got me interested in finding out more, particularity as I was studying art & design at the time in Illinois. I contacted the College the year before and checked that my qualifications and experience was enough to be considered for the course. Now I’m in the 2nd year and really loving the experience.  My advice to other international students: Don’t assume you know what you are doing when you apply for your Visa! The College are very helpful but you really need to do your research first of all.

Mizuki Takahashi, from Hitachi, Japan - BA (Hons) Jewellery Design
I originally trained in Graphic Design in Japan and found myself wanting to work differently. I had the opportunity to come over to the UK with my English boyfriend who used to be a student at HCA. I found myself looking at quite a few different institutions, mostly in London and larger cities, but I kept coming back to HCA’s prospectus. I liked the workshop philosophy – you can go into any workshop at any time which is so important. It has really influenced how I work as a jeweller. When I arrived everyone was so friendly and supportive, the tutors and other students really helped me with my communication skills until I became more confident.  My advice to other international students: Don’t be afraid to ask questions, there is always someone around to help. Be openminded and don’t build a wall around yourself – you will get so much more out of this place! Also choosing a small city like Hereford means that your money goes a lot further.


The location of Hereford is a fantastic source of inspiration for study; the city, night-life, the countryside, the river Wye, sports and people all offer the perfect destination in which to study - and it is a very safe place to live.  The county of Herefordshire is located in the Midlands region and has great access to good rail, road and bus links to the major cities in the UK including:

(By train)
London, Paddington Railway Station ( 3 hours 15 minutes)
Birmingham (1 hour 30 minutes)
Manchester (2 hours 15 minutes)
Bristol (1 hour 45 minutes)
Heathrow Airport, London (3 hours 30 minutes)
Gatwick Airport, London (3 hours 50 minutes)
Manchester Airport (2 hours 40 minutes)
Birmingham Airport (1 hour 50 minutes)

College Rd Campus and Folly Lane Campus

College Road Campus

Our College Road Campus is  about 1 kilometre from the city centre, rail and bus stations. It is a large, historic building that is ‘home’ to all our degree level students. It has recently been refurbished to provide stunning large open studio and seminar spaces, great social spaces, a library, photographic studios complete with a lending store full of photographic and media equipment, dark rooms, digital Mac and PC suites, and a large format digital printing suite. A separate building on the campus houses our superb new workshops including 3D, Textiles, and Printmaking facilities. Students can also access additional facilities including specialist Jewellery and Ceramics workshops at our Folly Lane Campus, only a few minutes walk away. There is a range of very good student housing nearby including Halls of Residence just across the road.

Folly Lane Campus

Our Folly Lane Campus is the base for our College level courses (16-19 years) including our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. It has a new exhibition and social space. ‘The Arts Space’ is a highly contemporary and innovative space, with landscaped gardens and outdoor areas. It has already hosted a number of exhibitions and events as well as being enjoyed on a day-to-day basis by students and staff. The design and architecture of this striking building has generated great interest and has been short-listed for
and awarded a number of architectural prizes and featured in a cross section of architectural journals and magazines from the UK and abroad. The two campuses are within walking distance of each other.

Teaching & Support Staff

Our staff are a highly creative community. As well as their commitment to teaching and supporting students, many are practicing creative practitioners: artists, designers, performers, musicians, writers, photographers, makers - we celebrate the success and achievements of our staff almost on a daily basis!  To find out more about our staff click here to see their profiles