Hi there, hope you liked your postcard!
Hope you liked your postcard. We know it’s nice to have a little colour in your
day when you’ve got exams to think about.
We also just wanted to get in touch to personally invite you to the College
Showcase in June, and to see if there was anything you wanted to ask us
about studying at HCA.
Below are a few questions we often get asked, and some info about things
going on at HCA that you might be interested in. There’s also a link if you
want to accept your place at HCA but haven’t got around to it yet.
Who goes to art college?
Each year our corridors are filled with people from big schools and small schools, people who know exactly what they want to do and people who are just looking forward to finding that out, people who wear their creativity on their sleeves and people who keep it inside their heads and on their screens.
It doesn't matter why you came here. It matters that you are here.
What do HCA students go on to do?
This course leads students into some of the fastest-growing, and fastest-changing areas of the creative industries. After an introduction to a whole range of digital skills, your second year lets you focus on the specialist
areas you find the most interesting like VR and AR, app design and UX, and computer game design. After graduating many students look to continue with their specialist area. But plenty of young people take the creative thinking – and the blend of artistic and technical skills they learn at HCA – and use it to get jobs in a whole range of sectors, or to land places on academic university courses.
Why go to an art college instead of studying an art A-Level?
HCA is home to some incredible digital artists and demonstrators who have successful practices outside of their teaching at the college. Having the time to really learn from them, and being able to throw yourself into projects using some of the specialist kit and outstanding workspaces we have at HCA means that you get more about of the experience. The format of our diplomas is set up to give you a strong foundation for working in the creative sector – one of the fastest-growing industries in
the UK – and beyond. You get real experience working on live projects with major institutions like the NHS, the National Trust, and MASH Cinema – and opportunities to market and sell your own work.
Here's some of the amazing things HCA students have been up to over the last few weeks
Our soon-to-be graduates are hard at work as they finish off their final projects ahead of the end of year College Showcase. The largest single art event in Herefordshire, the exhibition spans both HCA campuses featuring work from more than 400 emerging artists before they take the next step in their creative career.
Last week 30 of our FE students got home after living and working in Malta and Italy for three weeks as part of the Turing Scheme – a project that funds students to go abroad and experience life in another culture. Judging by the pictures from students and HCA staff who accompanied them, they had an unforgettable experience.
Students from Foundation and Level 3 Extended Diploma were included in an exhibition at the Courtyard in Hereford that celebrated print and graphic design. The show was curated in conjunction with CMYK, which is a huge print and illustration festival on HCA’s degree-level campus. The event was also open to all HCA students for free, and featured talks and workshops from celebrated illustrators and print
specialists who work regularly with everyone from the New York Times to punk band IDLES.
4 Reasons to study at HCA
HCA is a genuine creative community
HCA is a genuine creative community. Hundreds of young people come to
the campus every day from across five counties to study, create and – in
the moments between – to hang out here. Our hallways are full of talented
individuals who you’ll work alongside, plan exhibitions with and hopefully
stay in touch with long after you finish.
Get to work in inspiring workspaces
As a dedicated art college, you’ll get access to professional-quality workshops and studios. Expert technical demonstrators are on-hand in each workspace to give you the confidence and expertise to learn new hands-on skills and techniques, to use innovative kit and to unleash your creativity. You’ll also have access to IT, media and digital editing suites – as well as the full Adobe software package – and a library full of inspirational books on art, design, performance and technology.
Get a qualification that opens doors
Your diploma will be awarded by UAL – University of Arts, London – one of the biggest names in UK arts and culture. Earning a Distinction on an Extended Diploma at HCA will also give you 168 UCAS points, which is equivalent to 3 A*s at A-Level. Whatever you want your next step to be, continuing your studies or starting your career, this qualification will allow you to do it.
Get a ‘proper job’
In 2021 the UK had 2.29m jobs in the creative industries. Between 2010-2019 the sector grew by more than 43 percent, more than double the UK average – while the cultural sector has rebounded faster than the rest of the UK economy post-pandemic. The way our courses are set up, you get
to work out who you are as a creative, and you get best possible preparation to turn that passion into a career.
Accept your place!
Contact us Directly : Registry@hca.ac.uk
You can call us via our main switchboard between 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday: 01432 273359
Hereford College of Arts, Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LT