1// Get started this September

Applications are still open on all our courses for a September 2023 start.

Making an application is straightforward, and you can get started today.

Follow the link below to access our application portal.

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I thought I already knew what I wanted to create or what I wanted to be. That all changed when I came to HCA. Emily Drury - Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design

2// Why you should apply to HCA

HCA is a true specialist arts college that gives you a platform into a creative career, and a place where you can invest in yourself, and your own practice.

We are a community where you can feel safe to explore your own creativity, to make things you never thought you could, and to develop who you are as an artist, a maker, musician, a designer or a performer.


You can also chat to a student ambassador using the green button in the corner of your screen!

Or get in touch via email!

3// How to apply

And what happens next.

If you are ready to apply, head to our application portal, choose the course you’re interested in and apply!

Once you’ve done this we will be in touch to organise your interview or audition either in person or remotely.

Once you’ve completed the initial application process, we can help support you with finance, accommodation and travel arrangements.

Apply now

From the beginning, HCA has given my daughter the space and care to grow and express herself – both creatively and personally – and the creative and academic maturity that she has built, along with new skills and experiences, is clear as she reaches the end of her two years. Rebecca - Parent of Level 3 Art & Design Student

Aysha Tengiz – Foundation

Since leaving HCA, Aysha has worked on countless projects for international clients including the New York Times, Facebook, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Stella McCartney and most recently for @myhelsinki creating illustrations to promote the entire city!

Aysha’s Work

My daughter joined The Music course in 2022, having prior experience in local youth music groups. The tutors share their knowledge and passion, fostering a safe and challenging environment. She has grown in confidence, problem-solving, and actively participating in musical events. The team dynamic between students and tutors is strong.
Jenny - Parent of Level 2 Music student

Start your creative career.

Whether you’re looking to advance your career or explore new passions, we are committed to providing the support you need. We recognize the value of qualifications and experience gained outside of formal education.

At Hereford College of Arts, we consider a range of factors in our admissions process, including your life experience and creative portfolio. Contact our admissions team for more specific information on entry requirements for mature students.

Contact our registry team


4// How we can help


We offer various travel and study bursaries, reach out to finance@hca.ac.uk to find out if you qualify.

Entry Qualifications

Get in touch with registry@hca.ac.uk in order to find out what your current qualifications mean and which course is right for you.


We have dedicated teams to support students in all aspects of college life. Check out our wellbeing and safeguarding section further down this page.

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Alice Perrin – Foundation

Channel 4’s Tattoo Fixer, and former HCA student, Alice: “I started my apprenticeship in my second year so I used it for my work-based learning project. The guy who did my tattoos for me at Dermagraphica saw my potential and asked me to work with him. After learning the basics, I developed my own style.

Alices’ Instagram

5// Wellbeing & Safeguarding

HCA offers a variety of in house support including :

  • On-site wellbeing team
  • Student Support Counsellors
  • Quiet rooms/safe spaces
  • Full time academic support team
  • Emergency on-site response team

After completing her FE studies whilst in the midst of Covid disruption, my daughter was keen to go to University but not quite socially ready.
The Foundation year bridges the gap between FE and Level 4 at Degree Level,
Her confidence has grown, she is happier, she has made a new batch of amazing friends. She is now excited about going away to University to complete a degree in Textiles Hannah - Parent of Foundation Student

Our courses

Take a look at our courses. If you’re unsure about whether you are Level 2 or Level 3 reach out to our registry team, they can look at your qualifications and help you make the right decision.

View our courses


Parent FAQ's

A University of the Arts London, Extended Diploma. UAL are one the most respected Arts Universities in the world.

A distinction is the equivalent in UCAS points to 3 A stars at A-Level.

Additionally the course will allow students to work on live industry based briefs, this helps them to go straight into a professional career. Assessments will be continuous with no exams.


We have our final Open Day until next academic year, on the 24 June 2023. However our College Showcase will be open to the public until the 28th.

We do offer bursaries to assist with travel. Contact registry@hca.ac.uk for more information on the scheme.

After starting your journey into further education, you may discover that the college you’re studying at is not what you expected.

This is not uncommon and can be for a variety of reasons. Don’t worry, you can continue with your studies with us at Hereford College of Arts.

Contact us

Folly Lane Campus

Open Days

Our open days are a great way to learn about us. You are welcome to book, even if you have already applied!

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