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 and spring 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.

Application Forms

Course application forms are available from the autumn term onwards, either from the Careers Centre at your school, by contacting HCA directly, or from our website (please see below). The application deadline is normally 31 March however, we will always consider late applications.

Download FE Application Form

Interviews and Auditions

Once you have returned a completed application form we will write to you and invite you to attend an interview and/or audition. 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. All applicants will be asked to produce a short piece of written work.

Art & Design and Digital courses

For Art & Design/Digital courses, you will be invited to attend an individual interview where we will discuss your ideas and ambitions and look through your portfolio of work or digital portfolio.

Music courses

For 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

For 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.

To help you prepare for your interview or audition, we also offer helpful, free portfolio and audition workshops.

Portfolio Workshops

These sessions are designed to give you first-hand advice about putting together a strong portfolio and give you useful pointers for interview. We can help you with:

  • Picking the right work to showcase your skills.
  • Understanding the importance of sketchbooks.
  • Handy tips on talking about your own work.
  • Talking about who or what influences you, and thinking about your artistic/digital heroes.

Audition Workshops for Performing Arts and Music

At these sessions, we give you advice on audition techniques so you can prepare with great confidence. We can help with:

  • Preparations for singing and playing live.
  • Choosing suitable monologue material or picking the right music for your dance solo or musical number.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Courses:

  • 4 GCSEs grades 9 – 2 (A* – F)
  • English and/or maths at grade 4 (C) or above desirable.

Level 3 Courses:

  • 5 GCSEs grades 9 – 4 (A* – C) or Merit at Level 2 Diploma.
  • English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above desirable.

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design:

  • 1 A Level/ A2 or Extended Diploma preferably in a creative subject plus 5 GCSEs including English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above.

For further assistance please contact our Registry team on 01432 273359 or email registry@hca.ac.uk.