HCA is an independent arts college surrounded by people who are passionate about the arts, design, media and performance. Our staff, many of whom are practising artists, are focussed on the delivery of excellent creative education with the highest quality of teaching.

Thanks to our strong creative industry links, we know the real life skills which are used and required in the creative sector. We develop our course content to ensure you are armed with these practical skills, from traditional techniques through to cutting edge technology.

All our courses at HCA involve high contact time with tutors and technicians, specialist support, career and business coaching, to allow students to achieve their full potential, not only as artists, designers or performers but as business professionals.

At HCA we pride ourselves on our close-knit community where our students are at the heart of everything we do. The ethos of the college is to work one-on-one, gaining the best for our students and to support their creative journey. Who better to tell you about this than the students themselves?

Hear what it's like to study at HCA


Hear what it's like to study at HCA

From the day you start at HCA, you begin preparing for your future career. HCA will help you develop the personal qualities, knowledge and skills that underpin success, whatever your choice of career.

You will master your practice in our state-of-the-art spaces, using professional resources to hone your skills. We are able offer dedicated spaces that are needed to expand your practice and grow as an artist, designer and performer. We offer work placements, live briefs/projects from industry professionals, visiting speakers, residencies and strong links with regional and national industry partners. Combined with focussed time and attention that is really need to learn and develop the skills you need for after college we can unlock a wide range of career paths for you.

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Interactive Virtual Tour

Watch the 360 tour for a sneak peak of our spaces, if you want to see more make sure you book onto an open day or request a personal tour.

Hereford as a City is a great place to study, live, play and work. It is a great City for expression with work as well as shopping in creative businesses and independent café and shops. The county as a whole boasts clean living and space to think with its beautiful surroundings of mountains and rivers.

A great student experience is not only defined by the college but also by the area and what it has on offer. There are lots of secret little gems in Hereford that have been enriching the student culture for years. We have put together an extensive list of everything that is available to you both in the city centre and the surrounding areas, so when you get the chance to explore the city you know exactly where to go.

Station Approach Student Accommodation

Station Approach is brand new accommodation which opens in September 2021 and offers high specification and secure student accommodation. The accommodation is located next to Hereford Railway Station and is mid-way between two teaching campuses.

The building also provides lots of opportunities for students to share work and ideas, there is a spacious social space on the ground floor designed for exhibitions and performances as well as a place to hang out and socialise.

Lydia Hand

Lydia Hand

Living and studying in Hereford is great, it is a welcoming place in a picturesque setting. I am glad I choose to live here rather than commuting in from Worcester – it has given me the whole university experience and many good memories.

BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

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Browse our prospectuses

To find out more about HCA, the courses we offer and student experience please browse our prospectuses.

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Chole Lloyd

After that first open day I went to at HCA, I knew it was the place where I belonged.

BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design graduate

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