Whether you’re joining us for one of our open events or would like to find out more about our campuses, this section has all of the information you need!
HCA Courses are delivered in two impressive campuses, just down the road from each other and in walking distance of the city’s train and bus stations.
Folly Lane Campus
The Folly Lane site is home to the main library & shop, lecture theatres, Folly Arts Theatre, Finance & Registry, Learning & Student Services, Careers, and workshops including Textiles, 3D, Small Metals, Print, Ceramics and IT Suites.
It’s also the base for our College-Level courses (16-19 years) in art, design, media, performing arts and music. The Foundation Diploma studios are in a separate building close by. Our University-Level students use the facilities at Folly Lane on a regular basis – the campuses are within walking distance of each other.
In 2012, a new Arts Space and main entrance for Folly Lane was unveiled, providing much needed social, café and exhibition space. Designed by Hewitt Studios and constructed by Keir Moss, the contemporary and innovative space was funded entirely from college reserves. Landscaped gardens and outdoor areas are intergrated into the design. This highly functional space has already hosted a number of exhibitions and events as well as being enjoyed on a day-to-day basis by students and staff. It’s kitted out with striking café furniture, soft seating and tables, flexible exhibition panels, wi-fi access and touch-screen computers.
The design and architecture has generated great interest from national and regional bodies, and has been shortlisted and awarded for:
• 2013 Civic Trust Award
• 2012 West Midlands RIBA Award
• 2012 West of England LABC Building Excellence Award
• 2012 Building Design Wood Award
It has also been profiled by MADE to showcase how design is improving the quality of the built environment in the West Midlands and also featured in a cross-section of architectural journals and magazines from the UK and abroad.
College Road Campus
In June 2013 we acquired the former Royal National College building on College Road. This outstanding building will provide much needed teaching, social, studio and workshop spaces for our growing University-Level community, and place our degree students closer to the main campus on Folly Lane, with plenty of affordable student housing close-by, including halls of residence.
During summer 2013 the College refurbished and adapted the spaces into studios, workshops, on-site library, photographic studios and stores, dark rooms and IT facilities including a large digital Mac and printing suite. The campus has an abundance of social space, a large hall ideal for sports and recreation, and canteen facilities.