Join HCA and pursue the artistic path you've always dreamed of

Returning to university after a long break from education can be a very exciting experience – it’s never too late to rekindle your love for the arts and pursue an artistic path, whether that’s a new career path or for life enrichment.

Whatever your arts dream – whether it’s to become an artist, designer, performer, singer, photographer or film-maker, if you have a desire to do something creative with your life, now is the right time to pursue your dreams.

At HCA, pursuing your artistic dream alongside day-to-day life is possible. Our close knit creative community will support you to get back into education. With high levels of contact time from tutors, strong bonds with your peers and excellent facilities for your craft, you will receive both support and challenge to achieve your ambitions and succeed in your chosen degree.

Hereford College of Arts (HCA) provides a range of degree programmes to help you pursue your passion for art, media, design, music or performing arts.

You can study your degree either full-time or part time, to help balance family and professional commitments. We value mature students for the enthusiasm and life skills they bring to their studies and believe that your broad life experience can give you a creative edge. If you’re enthusiastic and committed, then we invite you to come in for an informal conversation and tour where you will be able to learn more about our degrees, tour our beautiful campus and talk to staff and current students about life at HCA. Alternatively, you are very welcome to join us at one of our open days.

If you don’t quite meet the entry requirements to undertake the degree, we can help you prepare with The Portfolio Course which is designed for mature students who wish to return to education.

Karen Julke

BA (Hons) Fine Art

I didn’t go to University when I was younger, I married young and spent my time having and looking after my children. My children are older now and can more easily fit around the things I want to do. It’s a cliché but it’s my time now. I was worried about fitting everything in. When I first started, I was also working so my week was very stretched – on paper, I didn’t have enough time. I chose to start anyway and I have found ways to make it work. Don’t ignore that little voice that keeps telling you that you want more, or something different. It’s the best decision I have ever made.

Libby Vale

BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts

“Mature students at HCA are lucky to have such a vibrant arts community in close locality, it gives us a second chance at enhancing our creativity. For me it was life changing, instead of focusing on my family and nurturing others it was finally a chance to nurture myself.”

John Sanders 1

BA (Hons) Textile Design

John Sanders

After a break from education I wanted to find a place where I could explore who I was as a designer without being forced into any one particular box, for me Hereford College of Arts was the right place for me to achieve this. When I spoke to staff, they are were engaging, helpful and really supportive. I had a great interview experience where I was instantly put at ease and inspired by passionate staff who also worked in industry.

Fees and Funding

For BA degrees, you can set up a payment plan to pay the fees direct to the College, but if this is your first degree a tuition fee loan may be available to pay your fees whether full-time or part-time. If you are able to apply for a tuition fee loan you may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan or maintenance grant. The value and type of loans or grants are usually dependent on household income and by whether you live in England or Wales. Some maintenance loans are dependent on age.

For Masters degrees, a payment plan with the College can be set up, or you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate loan to fund your tuition fees and living costs.

Alternatively, if you are interested in our Portfolio Course, it is possible to make a payment plan with the College or you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that will cover the cost of your fees.

More information can be found on our Fees and Funding page.

Crest Collar CDC Libby Vale artwork