How to Apply to our College Level Courses

Before you apply

Come along to one of our popular Open Events that we hold in the autumn, spring and summer terms. These events will allow you and your parents or guardians to meet tutors, view the college and our facilities, and learn more about careers in art, design, media, digital, music and the performing arts.

Online Application Form

The online application form is available on the HCA website from the autumn term. The deadline is normally 31 March however, we will always consider late applications.

If you are unable to access the online application form, please contact the Registry Department on 01432 273359 or email

In order to apply for a College Level course, starting September 2023, you can do so by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button on the relevant course page. Please note that interviews will commence in January 2023.

Audition Clinics

If you’re interested in applying for Level 2 and Level 3 Performing Arts or Music courses for September 2023 entry, audition clinics are the perfect way to help you prepare for your audition and interview.

Music and Performing Arts Audition Clinics

One-hour sessions.

Tuesday 10 January 2023, 4.30pm.

Tuesday 7 February 2023, 4.30pm.

Interviews and Auditions

Once you have completed the online application form we will write to you and invite you to attend a face to face interview and/or audition (where relevant). We will also send you some guidance notes to help you prepare.

The main aim of your interview is to give us the chance to get to know you, but it also provides you with an opportunity to check that HCA will be the right choice for you.

Art & Design and Digital courses

You will be invited to attend an online interview where we will discuss your ideas and ambitions and look through your portfolio of work.

Music courses

You will be invited to play or sing informally and bring in your own compositions or recordings, followed by an individual interview.

Performing Arts courses

You will be asked to attend a performance workshop and complete a 2 minute solo audition piece, followed by an individual interview.

Entry Requirements

Further information related to entry requirements can be found on the individual course pages.