As a student at HCA, you’ll be a part of one of our four Schools; Fine Art, Materials and Design, Performance or Visual Communication. The Schools group together similar courses, and while our flexible curriculum allows you to collaborate on projects with students across all courses, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and work with different kit within your School.

The School of Fine Art

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The school of Fine Art

On the Fine Art degree at HCA you will be encouraged to develop a personal approach to contemporary Fine Art practice, free from the constraints of a ‘house style’.

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The School of Fine Art

Set your own artistic course at HCA and develop a unique body of work by exploring your passions and the subjects that excite you most.

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The School of Fine Art

This practice-based Masters programme is for current curators as well as graduates new to curating, artists, and other creative practitioners, interested in exploring the curation of contemporary art through exhibitions, events and other creative platforms.

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BA (Hons) Fine Art

Celine – Winner of the Sidney Nolan Award 2022

“Everything is where I need it to be, I’ve got the workshops, support from tutors, I’m also very comfortable here, I can get into a mindset and just create a huge amount of work”

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The School of Visual Communication

Our course is wide-ranging and flexible, giving you the skills and experience to find the areas that excite you most, and you’ll be able to work in moving image as well as still. Great photography requires much more than technical learning; we’ll give you pathways and inspiration to develop a powerful, individual, creative approach.

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The School of Visual Communication

During your time on our BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design course, you’ll become a professional Graphic Designer learning from industry experienced lecturers. We will support you in gaining work experience with local and national creative media companies.

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The School of Visual Communication

This inspiring course explores both traditional and high-tech approaches to picture making and visual communication. You will participate in a wide range of workshops and projects that will encourage you to develop a unique visual language and personal style, before applying it to a range of outcomes such as: graphic novels, picture books, zines and small press publications, maps, prints and more.

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Programme makers and advertisers are hungry for imaginative, entertaining work, especially moving-image and animation. This course responds to this demand and embraces the natural link between illustration and animation.

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BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design

Ollie Tindale – Recently created a motion graphics package for the documentary presented by Tom Daley, “Illegal to be me.”

“It was mad but great at the same time, it pushed us to work independently.”

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The School of Materials & Design

Discover a course that prides itself on challenging preconceptions about historical traditions of blacksmithing. Artist Blacksmithing is a material focussed programme with an emphasis on learning through doing. You will receive technical tuition as well as expert design guidance.

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The School of Material & Design

You will be encouraged to challenge the traditional notions of design craft, by investigating a wide variety of processes and exploring new ways of working with materials, objects and ideas. We support collaborative working across a range of disciplines, understanding how this can lead to exciting innovation and prepare students to forge new paths as independent makers, designers and entrepreneurs

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The School of Material & Design

With sustainability and emerging technologies at the heart of contemporary design thinking, it is an exciting time for our students as the role of textiles is re-imagined across many aspects of modern life. On this dynamic and well-structured course, you will be introduced to a wide-range of textile processes across the key technical areas of print, weave, knit and embroidery, whilst embracing both digital technologies and traditional craft skills.

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The School of Material & Design

This is a practical course, based in your dedicated space in a studio with easy access to our range specialist workshops. You will learn to harness your creativity through traditional craft making skills that reflect the subject’s rich heritage, whilst embracing contemporary ideas, materials, processes and technologies.

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BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts

Tom Hancock – Winner of the “Colour In Design” Award

For me it’s a personal challenge, to work hard, I know people aren’t necessarily gonna want to see your degree certificate later down the line.. But you’ve done it for you.”

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The School of Performance

Let’s prepare you to step into the performing arts industry. Actively create, make and perform your own work, as well as collaborate with students from other courses across the arts school – these are all things you will get to do whilst in the process of improving and building your techniques and skills.

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The School of Performance

Follow in the tradition of some of the UK’s greatest musicians and start your creative music career at an art school. We nurture students to develop their own voice and practice and then connect them to the ever expanding opportunities in the world.

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