Hereford College of Arts

Introduction

Hereford College of Arts is a great destination for international students wishing to study art & design courses.

Welcome

We welcome international students for the diversity and energy they bring to our community. They help us to keep a very global outlook and perspective at a time when cultures are becoming increasingly and more instantly connected.

We also know that we can look after you well and give you a very good experience. Key benefits for international students are:

  • The right size for students to be well known to staff with high levels of support
  • Friendly, informal atmosphere where everyone is completely focussed on developing and supporting the creative talents of students
  • One of the remaining colleges dedicated to the arts in the UK
  • Lots of teaching and support with tutors, many are practising artists and designers
  • Great access to a range of workshops no matter what course you are on
  • Located in a vibrant and student-friendly city, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking countryside in the UK
  • Great value student housing
  • A very safe place for students to live and work

Why Choose Us?

Roshnee Valla, from Zimbabwe - BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design Top-up
I was looking to join the final year of a degree course and convert my existing qualification into a full BA (Hons); I found this course on the UCAS website along with a few others. I decided to study at HCA because out of all the other unis and colleges this was the most friendly and supportive. I had a few problems getting my visa sorted but the College could not have been more helpful and they were quick to get back to me. I was able to have my interview and discuss my work via Skype with the Course Leader. One other good thing, the course started in October which meant that the airfares were cheaper! When I arrived at the College I really felt included and was impressed with the studios, teaching staff and facilities, which are all excellent. My advice to other international students: Enquire early, as the visa application process can be lengthy and ask loads of questions!

Gabe Chaille, from Illinois, USA - BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing
I’ve been fascinated by blacksmithing since I was quite small and heard about the Artist Blacksmithing course at Hereford as a result of talking to Californian-based British Blacksmith, Mark Aspery during a blacksmithing demonstration at SIU Carbondale. The idea of combining forged metalwork practice within an art school environment at degree level got me interested in finding out more, particularity as I was studying art & design at the time in Illinois. I contacted the College the year before and checked that my qualifications and experience was enough to be considered for the course. Now I’m in the 2nd year and really loving the experience. My advice to other international students: Don’t assume you know what you are doing when you apply for your Visa! The College are very helpful but you really need to do your research first of all.

Mizuki Takahashi, from Hitachi, Japan - BA (Hons) Jewellery Design
I originally trained in Graphic Design in Japan and found myself wanting to work differently. I had the opportunity to come over to the UK with my English boyfriend who used to be a student at HCA. I found myself looking at quite a few different institutions, mostly in London and larger cities, but I kept coming back to HCA’s prospectus. I liked the workshop philosophy – you can go into any workshop at any time which is so important. It has really influenced how I work as a jeweller. When I arrived everyone was so friendly and supportive, the tutors and other students really helped me with my communication skills until I became more confident. My advice to other international students: Don’t be afraid to ask questions, there is always someone around to help. Be openminded and don’t build a wall around yourself – you will get so much more out of this place! Also choosing a small city like Hereford means that your money goes a lot further.

Location

The location of Hereford is a fantastic source of inspiration for study; the city, night-life, the countryside, the river Wye, sports and people all offer the perfect destination in which to study - and it is a very safe place to live. The county of Herefordshire is located in the Midlands region and has great access to good rail, road and bus links to the major cities in the UK including:

(By train)
London, Paddington Railway Station ( 3 hours 15 minutes)
Birmingham (1 hour 30 minutes)
Manchester (2 hours 15 minutes)
Bristol (1 hour 45 minutes)
Heathrow Airport, London (3 hours 30 minutes)
Gatwick Airport, London (3 hours 50 minutes)
Manchester Airport (2 hours 40 minutes)
Birmingham Airport (1 hour 50 minutes)

College Road Campus

Our College Road Campus is about 1 kilometre from the city centre, rail and bus stations. It is a large, historic building that is ‘home’ to all our degree level students. It has recently been refurbished to provide stunning large open studio and seminar spaces, great social spaces, a library, photographic studios complete with a lending store full of photographic and media equipment, dark rooms, digital Mac and PC suites, and a large format digital printing suite. A separate building on the campus houses our superb new workshops including 3D, Textiles, and Printmaking facilities. Students can also access additional facilities including specialist Jewellery and Ceramics workshops at our Folly Lane Campus, only a few minutes walk away. There is a range of very good student housing nearby including Halls of Residence just across the road.

Folly Lane Campus

Our Folly Lane Campus is the base for our College level courses (16-19 years) including our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. It has a new exhibition and social space. ‘The Arts Space’ is a highly contemporary and innovative space, with landscaped gardens and outdoor areas. It has already hosted a number of exhibitions and events as well as being enjoyed on a day-to-day basis by students and staff. The design and architecture of this striking building has generated great interest and has been short-listed for and awarded a number of architectural prizes and featured in a cross section of architectural journals and magazines from the UK and abroad. The two campuses are within walking distance of each other.

Teaching & Support Staff

Our staff are a highly creative community. As well as their commitment to teaching and supporting students, many are practicing creative practitioners: artists, designers, performers, musicians, writers, photographers, makers - we celebrate the success and achievements of our staff almost on a daily basis!

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BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire

The Artist Blacksmithing course looks for highly motivated, creative individuals excited by the possibility of exploring where hot forged metal meets conceptual, technical and material understanding. The focus of this BA programme is on pushing the rich tradition of blacksmithing into a contemporary dialogue, with particular emphasis on innovative thinking and skilled making. [+]

A quick summary of this course The Artist Blacksmithing course looks for highly motivated, creative individuals excited by the possibility of exploring where hot forged metal meets conceptual, technical and material understanding. The focus of this BA programme is on pushing the rich tradition of blacksmithing into a contemporary dialogue, with particular emphasis on innovative thinking and skilled making. Supported by excellent lecturers and technical staff, students on the course have access to the largest training-based forge in Europe, as well as a network of specialist workshops where they extend their material knowledge into such areas as wood, ceramics, textiles, plastics and digital fabrication. As part of an integrated programme of study, Artist Blacksmithing students learn the skills needed to excel as independent makers and designers. They share workspace with Contemporary Design Craft and Jewellery Design students and are immersed in a culture of combined ideas and practice. In this way they are encouraged to take risks and develop their own individual language of making. You will develop your own personal vocabulary in hot forged metal by exploring and challenging the material and process. New and innovative ideas will be generated through critically reviewing personal research sources and an immersion in making work. A developing technical virtuosity in hot forging and metalworking technique will be central to resolving your quality designs into professionally produced and highly individual final outcomes. The BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmith programme at Hereford College of Arts is recognised world wide and is uniquely placed to be at the forefront of contemporary forged metalwork practice. The result: our graduates are defining and redefining the cultural positioning of forged metal design Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Features What you will experience The programme is, at its heart, a practice-based degree focussing on forged metal and design, and with an emphasis on learning through doing. You will discover that research and experimentation is an essential part of the design process. The programme attracts ambitious and diverse students from the UK and abroad, who are all passionate and committed to pursuing careers as Artist Blacksmiths. We believe in the importance of laying a strong foundation of blacksmithing processes and techniques. You will receive focussed forging and metalwork skills training at the National School of Blacksmithing which is the largest forge training facility in Europe. You will be part of a vibrant art school, where your design skills will be honed and developed. You will have access to well equipped studios, a full range of craft workshops including CAD/CAM cutting and 3D printing technologies, enabling you to investigate other materials, test ideas and make high-spec maquettes or components. You will be part of a larger group of crafts courses giving you the opportunity to contextualise your practice in a creative environment with other makers. The programme encourages a breadth of practice, ranging in scale from large scale exterior forged metalwork to small gallery objects. You will be encouraged to explore a number of avenues in the making of a range of objects and products. A range of live briefs will be offered with the intention of initially broadening your scope and thought processes, leading to a re-focussing on the resolution of your own personal practice. The programme includes opportunities for working to commission on external briefs including the production of designs that satisfy client/commissioner requirements, the skills involved with pitching your ideas and presenting final designs, and the craft and business skills necessary for final production You will curate and exhibit your work in a professional environment. Access to galleries and professional networks are an intrinsic part of the programme. The programme has established relationships for the sharing of best practice and ideas with other major international institutions delivering forged metal programmes, including the University of Gothenburg, HDK Steneby, Sweden, and the University of Illinois at Carbondale USA. You will also have the opportunity to make links and form networks with other practitioners. The programme includes the series of ‘Gravity’ lectures throughout the year by high-profile, national and international designers and artists giving insights into their own design practice. There will be opportunities to participate in Master-Classes delivered by industry professionals: recent contributors have included Brian Russell, Jake James and Peter Parkinson. You will be develop professional business practices through a series of seminars and lectures, gaining insight into current business practice and completing a personal business plan, constructing a professional portfolio and online digital presence in support of your final degree show. Careers and Progression Why take this course? Artist Blacksmithing is enjoying a renaissance not only in the more usual arenas of domestic and architectural forge work but also within the gallery and public arts context, thus providing Artist Blacksmith graduates with clear opportunities to establish an innovative design-led creative practice. The programme develops Artist Blacksmith graduates who are independent, critically aware, with proficient business management who are well informed and have the capacity to express their ideas through the medium of forged metal with clarity, imagination and confidence. Many graduates develop careers as self-employed practitioners, setting up design studios and workshops, producing work ranging in scale and breadth from large scale exterior forged metalwork to small gallery objects. Alternatively, graduates can choose to gain experiences by becoming journeymen working for smiths across the world or explore opportunities in the creative arts sector through consultancy, community arts, teaching, and residencies and/or undertake postgraduate study. Facilities Workshops & Studios You will receive highly specialised, technical training at the National School of Blacksmithing which is the largest blacksmithing training facility in Europe. You will have access to well-equipped studios and craft workshops within the art school including ceramics, jewellery, print and textiles, as well as extensive photography, IT and library facilities. [-]

BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

Blending innovation of new design principles and processes with hands on making, the BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Craft degree explores the adaptation of existing processes to arrive at new interpretations of materials, objects and ideas. Our students develop specialist material knowledge and visual language side by side and challenge the traditional notions of design craft. [+]

A quick summary of the course Blending innovation of new design principles and processes with hands on making, the BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Craft degree explores the adaptation of existing processes to arrive at new interpretations of materials, objects and ideas. Our students develop specialist material knowledge and visual language side by side and challenge the traditional notions of design craft. The map is not drawn; our students forge new paths as independent makers, designers and entrepreneurs. The materiality of things is core to much of what we do. Our extensive workshop facilities provide the space to think, question and develop ideas, and all of our workshops are purpose built and operate on an open access basis throughout the year. Here our students look beyond what is known, using sound knowledge derived from taught skills and they are expertly guided by our workshop team to challenge and push existing boundaries into new realms. Masterclasses are delivered throughout the year by visiting lecturers specialising in a variety of material approaches and disciplines. Our students continuously engage in critical discussion about Contemporary Design Craft and what this means and looks like in a context which is in constant flux. In this evolving environment our students are challenged to widen their conversations through regular critiques as well as one-to-one tutorials. Opportunity is provided at all levels to take these conversations into wider forums, engaging with others and bringing new perspectives. As a group of makers we are nimble and actively create opportunity. As a student this means that projects often involve working within the booming craft and design sector. Live briefs are available at all levels as well as a focus within the second year on gaining work placements. Experiences such as these equip our students with the knowledge and understanding to develop fully structured business plans and professional portfolios. Networks and partnerships are part of the legacy our student’s graduate with and these provide support, challenge and continued opportunity for the development of success. Staff who are actively engaged in their own creative design practices International guest lecturers from a wide range of creative backgrounds, delivering tutorials and workshops Specialist workshops overseen by expert staff Live briefs and projects, with valuable real-world experience through work placements in year 2 Critical discussions about the future of design craft within the broader spectrum with Artist Blacksmithing and Jewellery Design students Recognition at National level. Our students have won the prestigious New Designer “One to watch” award three years in a row Features What you will experience We are a practice based degree, so students can expect to spend a large amount of time in workshops refining their skills and building new ones We have a strong emphasis on learning through doing and encourage experimentation All students are provided with their own individual design space, in large, bright design studios with unrivalled access to teaching staff We involve students in a wide range of live briefs and encourage them to enter into competitions both nationally and internationally You will gain experience of presenting your ideas and products to professional companies, galleries and crafts people within the creative sector You will regularly take part in exhibitions, gaining valuable experience There are many opportunities to be involved in masterclasses led by renowned professionals Trips abroad, which have previously included places such as Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Venice Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details. Progression and Careers Why take this course? The BA (Hons) in Contemporary Design Crafts sets out to inspire you, to make you question and to wonder. Your perceptions of the made world will be stretched and challenged. You will learn the skills of a designer maker, both practically and those of a critical reflective practice. The skills you learn here will define you as a maker and are eminently transferable across the breadth of jobs within the creative industries. Ever keen on experimentation, you will take risks, pioneering new ways and resurrecting old ones. We are interested in learning why something is made as much as how something is made. We are founders of the new tradition. Facilities Workshops and studios We have superb Design Studios and 3D Workshops both on site at the new College Road Campus and at our other Campus on Folly Lane. All workshops are run by expert staff that are able to fully support your needs and the development of ideas. We are uniquely placed to be able to offer students large individual workspaces throughout their three years of study. We have laser cutters, 3D printers, small metals, wood and plastic forming workshops, ceramics, glass, textile and drawing studios. We are proud that all our students, regardless of their chosen degree pathway are able to access all our workshops to develop and advance their practice. We also have dedicated IT suites with both Mac and PC’s, large scale digital printers and the full range of high end programmers adept in the latest software to support your practice. Alumni Once graduated, our students progress on to a variety of paths including: Running their own small business/Workshop Working as a creative design professional within a large company/Manufacturer Curating Teaching Post-graduate study e.g. MA Exhibitions & gallery work Residencies [-]

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

This course will help you to discover what you are passionate about and to learn how to use the materials and processes you find exciting. By the end of the course you should have the skills you need to continue to work as a fine artist and to earn your living in the area you want to work in. [+]

A quick summary of this course Fine Artists explore ideas and make them visible. We use photography, ceramics, print, video, knitting, sewing, sound. We use paint, charcoal, wood, metal, clay, plaster, light. The work may be in three dimensions, or in two. It can be a film, a drawing, a photograph, a performance, a walk, a print, a painting, an installation. We can explore the marks we make when we move, the marks objects make when they are moved, the sounds things make. We can explore memory, feelings, folds, layers, stories, maps, colour, journeys. As fine artists we explore the ideas that excite us, whatever they are and we use the materials we think will work best, whatever they may be. We believe that Professional Practice, the whole business of being an artist, is really important and we make sure that our students develop the essential skills necessary to professional practice including presentation of work, organisation of exhibitions, sale of work, promotion, commissions etc. You will have the opportunity to organise and take part in exhibitions and residencies and to develop the transferable skills that you will need to work as an independent practitioner or to find employment in a range of occupations both within art and design and outside. This course will help you to discover what you are passionate about and to learn how to use the materials and processes you find exciting. By the end of the course you should have the skills you need to continue to work as a fine artist and to earn your living in the area you want to work in. Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Progression and Careers A significant number of our graduates go on to undertake further study at postgraduate level in areas such as film, book arts and painting, or a post graduate teaching certificate. Most graduates also continue to practice and exhibit their work nationally, with artist commissions and gallery sales common place. [-]

BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

On this inspiring course you will develop strong creative and technical abilities in graphic and media design with the emphasis on developing your individual ability. You will develop skills that will enable you to find employment within the exciting world of the creative industries. [+]

A quick summary of this course The graphic and media design industries need designers with innovative and original ideas, who are able to work with a range of processes and formats, and who can respond to the exciting demands of the professional industry. On this inspiring course you will develop strong creative and technical abilities in graphic and media design with the emphasis on developing your individual ability. You will develop skills that will enable you to find employment within the exciting world of the creative industries. These include: interactive design, graphic Illustration, motion graphics, packaging design, graphic arts, branding, information graphics, editorial design, book arts, web design, app design, animation, advertising and design theory. You will learn these design skills through a project based approach supported by workshops to teach the necessary technical and software skills. Students are continually challenged to examine and contextualise their ideas, research, and design practice against traditional and emerging forms of visual communication and information design. New for 2016: Graphic Arts pathway In recent years there has been a substantial growth in self-employed practitioners of Graphic Arts creating self-initiated artwork for the design industry, retail, fashion and global peer-to peer commerce sites such as Etsy, Threadless and Zazzle. The Graphic Arts pathway will allow highly creative students to adopt an individual approach to creating experimental and original ‘art’ within the context of visual communication. You’ll be encouraged to consider how traditional and emerging technologies can be harnessed to communicate effectively and given opportunities to discover and develop your voice as a graphic artist. Designed for developing graphic artists the pathway acknowledges the way in which current visual communication disciplines overlap, encouraging you to master a broad range of skills so you can become a versatile, resourceful graduate. ......................................................................................... Being located in our new campus with other creative courses means it is easy to cross boundaries, work with students in other disciplines and undertake collaborative projects. Students can set up their own personal space in the design studios. Students are able to work on ‘real’ industry projects throughout the course. We have well developed links with media industries in the region, London and nationally and you will be able to gain invaluable professional experience and work placements. Graduates have the opportunity to exhibit at D&AD ‘New Blood’ in London or similar graduate exhibitions. We welcome mature students onto the course wishing to retrain or up skill as part of a career change. The course is delivered by experienced, practicing creative industry professionals whose work includes screen and print based media in a wide variety of contemporary contexts You can collaborate on projects with other students including photographers, illustrators, animators and digital film makers The course enjoys excellent connections with external employers who provide plenty of opportunities for work and commissions with real and current outcomes within the curriculum Sustainability and the environment are central to good design and you can explore them in relation to contemporary social and cultural contexts Features What you will experience We encourage our students to enter national and international awards and competitions such as the RSA, D&AD and YCN. We go to some great places including New York, Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. We have our own Pop-up Shop where we design, produce and sell a range of student made graphic art. We have a creative student collective called 'Soup' who produce club visuals and design work for the music industry We actively support students by providing a diverse set of 'live' or client-led briefs Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details. Careers & Progression Why take this course? The majority of our students successfully gain employment in the graphic design and media industries, across a range of specialist areas such as editorial design, web design, advertising, branding and identity. Students have also gone onto study at postgraduate level. Starting salaries can be around £18,000 a year. Experienced graphic designers can earn between £19,000 and £38,000 a year, and senior graphic designers can earn up to, and over, £50,000 (Figures are intended as a guideline only) There are almost 200,000 people working in the design industry, of which 51% are in communications, interior and exhibition, 42% are in product and industrial design, and 7% are in stage and set design. There are over 18,000 businesses, of which 94% employ less than 50 people. Facilities Workshops & Studios We have excellent IT facilities all running industry standard software on PC and Apple systems including video editing suites, animation suites and medium and large format professional quality printers. We have excellent craft based workshops for traditional image making techniques such as UV screen printing, stencilling, letter press printing and fabric printing. We have two laser cutters including an industrial laser cutter which can cut and etch onto circular shapes such as bottles and etch lines as thin as 0.1mm. And, because our courses are small you will be able to take advantage of easy access to all the workshops as and when you need them. Alumni The creative jobs of our graduates Our students go on to achieve employment success across the creative industries and/or study at postgraduate level. Some of the employers our graduate students are working for: The Partners design consultancy- London AQQA publishing- London BurgoPak packaging-London Gingernut Creative agency-Birmingham Darke Jones Digital Agency -Birmigham Et Al Design consultants -Oxford BigHelping consultancy-Worcester V8 Media-Herefordshire Design by soap- Herefordshire The employers below are just some of the companies who employ our graduates, provide work experience and lecture on the course. [-]

BA (Hons) Illustration

Campus Full time Part time 3 weeks October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

The course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of practicing artists, designers, writers, publishers and teachers. Their accumulated knowledge has been combined to create a course that delivers skills and knowledge, challenges and stimulates the imagination and most importantly, is fun to take part in. [+]

A quick summary of this course The ability to communicate an idea visually is a difficult and employable skill. If you can affect people’s emotions and make them think by engaging them with a story that entertains and thrills and you’re able to explain information accurately and with style, you could be rewarded with an exciting career that would be the envy of many. There are opportunities for illustrators to contribute visuals in film & television, theatre, publishing, advertising, information graphics, print, and with interactive new media platforms and this course seeks to give its students experience of working in many of these specialist areas. The course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of practicing artists, designers, writers, publishers and teachers. Their accumulated knowledge has been combined to create a course that delivers skills and knowledge, challenges and stimulates the imagination and most importantly, is fun to take part in. Projects are designed to take on real world situations and issues. We want our students to begin showing, selling and sharing their work with communities at local, national and global level whilst still on the course, not just after they leave. We offer opportunities for our students to meet A-list practitioners, see their work and learn about the world they inhabit. We travel and take part in the most interesting events and exhibitions. We actively seek out partnerships with national profiles and work with them in order to gain valuable experience of problem solving and gaining confidence through success. All this is delivered in a friendly and industrious studio environment, where everyone enjoys their own workspaces. Our students form part of a larger college wide community that collectively supports and nourishes individual creative development. Features What you will experience The course continues to take on collaborative projects with a range of local and national partners, including: The BBC One Show The Hay Literary Festival The House of Illustration The Courtyard Theatre Hereford Cathedral Waterstones Great Brampton House Hereford Buttermarket In recent years students have visited Rome, Barcelona and Amsterdam with other trips to Book Arts Fairs and museums and exhibitions both locally and nationally. Many of these involve meeting world famous practitioners including Mark Hearld, Nick Sharrat, Quentin Blake, Laura Carlin, Oliver Jeffers, Katherina Manolessou, and many more. 2015 will be an exciting time as the course will be working with The Hay Festival and The House of Illustration on exhibitions, workshops and guest speakers celebrating the 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp. Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Facilities Workshops & Studios HCA Illustration students have continual access to excellent IT facilities and support that provides industry standard software on both PC and MAC systems. This includes the complete Adobe suite of products, including Photo-shop, lllustrator and After Effects, plus I-stop Motion and Final Cut Pro for video post-production. Students also have access to technical support in superb craft orientated workshops that include opportunities to use traditional print processes, including letter press, collagraphy, mono-printing, engraving, etching and screen-printing. Careers & Progression Why take this course? Graduates leave well placed to continue their studies at Postgraduate level or develop careers as freelance illustrators or designers. This could include acquiring free-lance work in print media and journalism, advertising and multimedia, comic and picture books, graphic novels, concept art and story-boarding for film & video games, reportage and fashion illustration, as well as in more traditional low tech areas such as Book Arts and Crafts. Alumni The creative jobs of our graduates Our graduates have gone on to sustain successful careers as free-lance illustrators, creating work in range of areas, including children’s picture books, editorial work for magazines including The New York Times, designing and installing murals in a variety of settings and window displays for local retail businesses. Others go on to post-graduate study, teaching, setting up on-line shops, creating businesses or working in studio collectives. [-]

BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

The course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of practicing artists, animators, designers, writers, publishers and teachers. Their accumulated knowledge has been combined to create a course that delivers skills and knowledge, challenges and stimulates and most importantly, is fun to take part in. [+]

A quick summary of this course The ability to communicate an idea visually is a difficult and employable skill. If you can affect people’s emotions and make them think by engaging them with a story or animation that entertains and thrills and you’re able to explain information accurately and with style, you could be rewarded with an exciting career that would be the envy of many. There are opportunities for illustrators and animators to contribute visuals in film & television, theatre, publishing, advertising, information graphics, print, and with interactive new media platforms and this course seeks to give its students experience of working in many of these specialist areas. The course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of practicing artists, animators, designers, writers, publishers and teachers. Their accumulated knowledge has been combined to create a course that delivers skills and knowledge, challenges and stimulates and most importantly, is fun to take part in. Projects are designed to reflect real world situations and issues. We want our students to begin showing, selling and sharing their work with communities at local, national and global level whilst still on the course, not just after they leave. We offer opportunities for our students to meet A-list practitioners, see their work and learn about the world they inhabit. We travel and take part in the most interesting events, screenings and exhibitions. We actively seek out partnerships with national profiles and work with them in order to gain valuable experience of problem solving and gaining confidence through success. All this is delivered in a friendly and industrious studio and workshop environment where everyone enjoys their own workspaces. Our students form part of a larger college wide community that collectively supports and nourishes individual creative development. Features What you will experience The course continues to take on collaborative projects with a range of local and national partners including: The BBC One Show The Hay Literary Festival The House of Illustration The Courtyard Theatre Hereford Cathedral Waterstones Great Brampton House Hereford Buttercross Market In recent years students have visited Rome, Barcelona and Amsterdam with other trips to Film Festivals, Book Arts Fairs and museums and exhibitions both locally and nationally. Many of these involve meeting world famous practitioners including Mark Hearld, Osbert Parker, Nick Sharrat, Quentin Blake, Laura Carlin, Oliver Jeffers, Katherina Manolessou, and many more. 2015 will be an exciting time as the course will be working with The Hay Festival and The House of Illustration on exhibitions, workshops and guest speakers celebrating the 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp. Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Progression and Careers Why take this course? Graduates leave well placed to continue their studies at Postgraduate level or develop careers as freelance illustrators, animators or designers. This could include acquiring free-lance work in print media and journalism, advertising and multimedia, comic and picture books, graphic novels, concept art and story-boarding for film & video games, reportage and fashion illustration, as well as in more traditional low tech areas such as Book Arts and Crafts. Workshops & Studios HCA Illustration students have continual access to excellent IT facilities and support that provides industry standard software on both PC and MAC systems. This includes the complete Adobe suite of products, including Photo-shop, lllustrator and After Effects, plus I-stop Motion and Final Cut Pro for video post-production. Students also have access to technical support in superb craft orientated workshops that include opportunities to use traditional print processes, including letter press, collagraphy, mono-printing, engraving, etching and screen-printing. Alumni The creative jobs of our graduates Our graduates have gone on to sustain successful careers as free-lance illustrators, creating work in range of areas, including children’s picture books, editorial work for magazines including The New York Times, designing and installing murals in a variety of settings and window displays for local retail businesses. Others go on to post-graduate study, teaching, setting up on-line shops, creating businesses or working in studio collectives. [-]

BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

The Jewellery Design course promotes creative design and thinking about objects relating to the body. With a strong focus on innovative approaches, our students embark on an exploration of materials and are challenged to question traditional notions of adornment. The objects they make within the college’s network of specialized workshops reflect jewellery’s rich heritage, with a special focus on embracing contemporary ideas, materials and technologies. [+]

A quick summary of the course The Jewellery Design course promotes creative design and thinking about objects relating to the body. With a strong focus on innovative approaches, our students embark on an exploration of materials and are challenged to question traditional notions of adornment. The objects they make within the college’s network of specialized workshops reflect jewellery’s rich heritage, with a special focus on embracing contemporary ideas, materials and technologies. Be it by hand, machine or digital technologies, students are encouraged to find their own creative language of expression interpreted through an ever-expanding viewpoint of what contemporary jewellery can be. Students on the course are supported via individual tuition and group discussion with a team of talented lecturers, technical demonstrators and visiting professionals, each with their own creative practice and expertise in the field. Live briefs throughout the course and a specialized Professional Practice module prepare students to launch a career in the creative industry as independent artist jewellers and designer-makers. Features What you will experience Excellent student-to-staff ratio and a balanced curriculum based on plenty of individual tuition, group discussion, educational visits, workshops and demonstrations. Students are taught alongside those on the Contemporary Design Crafts course to promote engagement with a wider conversation about materials and their application. Dedicated modules, live briefs and strong industry relationships offer ample opportunity to develop and nurture relevant career experience. An active Visiting Lecturer programme brings a variety of professional jewellers and specialists to the college during each year of study. All students are supported in applying for national and international competitions such as those offered by The Goldsmiths’ Company, British Arts Medal Society, Munich’s Talente and the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme. Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details. Careers & Progression Why take this course? This course will endeavour to stretch and challenge your perception of contemporary jewellery design, pushing you to explore these concepts in a creative and practical way. Skills learned are transferable across a wide range of design and making jobs, and focus on developing your creative thinking and approach to making. Our students are keen on experimentation and taking risks to arrive at original ideas. They are interested in learning why something is made as much as how something is made, and their enthusiasm is visible in the objects they create and the ideas they develop. Facilities Workshops and studios Jewellery Design students each have their own designated workspace situated in a spacious studio where they can share ideas and practice. In addition, all students have open access to a range of specialist workshops, including two small metals workshops and the tools and equipment for working in any number of materials. Facilities include traditional hand tools, enamelling kilns, an etching station, micro-welders, laser cutters, a designated tech suite with CAD, rapid-prototyping technology, and much more. One of the college’s greatest assets is the expert technical staff on hand in each workshop, ready and willing to assist as needed. Students have free use of IT facilities running industry standard software on both MAC and PC systems, a photography studio with equipment available for loan, and libraries with excellent jewellery-related journals, catalogues and books. Alumni Once graduated, our students progress on to a variety of paths including: Independent designer/maker Gallery owner/exhibitor Curator Teacher Post-graduate study e.g. MA Residencies [-]

BA (Hons) Photography

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

The Photography degree course at Hereford is a vibrant and exciting course which enables student interested in contemporary photography to develop a highly personalised practice supported by experienced tutors within well-resourced facilities. [+]

A quick summary of this course The Photography degree course at Hereford is a vibrant and exciting course which enables student interested in contemporary photography to develop a highly personalised practice supported by experienced tutors within well-resourced facilities. You will be working in a creative, experimental and supportive environment within which you will be treated as an individual and will have access to facilities and tutors 5 days a week. By engaging in challenging practical and theoretical modules you will develop a professional practice that is informed by current thinking and technology and reflects your own photographic identity. The development of an individual relationship with the medium is central to course philosophy, and during progression through the course, you’ll work towards a defined destination for yourself and your practice. Exhibition visits, field trips and high profile guest speakers all contribute to your experience and formulation of an innovative visual language. The course is proactive in ‘looking out’ of the learning environment, encouraging students to engage with many external live projects. Exhibition practice, working on projects set by clients and portfolio reviews by experienced industry professionals all add to developing confidence in your own career route and potential. Being located in our new campus with other creative courses means it is easy to cross boundaries, work with students in other disciplines and undertake collaborative projects. The course is delivered by a team of experienced and dedicated lecturers and technicians, who practice in various fields and bring their external knowledge to the learning environment. Renowned Photographers and successful ex-graduates visit and talk about their work. Recent speakers include Brian Griffin, Tom Hunter, Tom Wood, Timothy Allen, Helen Sear, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Zed Nelson and many more. Individual tutorial support is key to the delivery of the course philosophy alongside technical workshops, seminars, lectures and critiques that provide the space for essential contextual debate. The course does not have a ‘house style’ but encourages all students to find their own unique voice. With year groups of around 20 students you are able to access tutors and excellent facilities with ease. Features What you will experience You will be taught a wide range of techniques using professional equipment from Hasselblad to Nikon cameras, digital backs and traditional film. You will work on location and in the Photo studio and have access to digital and darkroom printing and processing. We go to some great places including Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. We have some excellent visiting Photographers who will inspire you in your career. There are clubs such as Film club and great opportunities to get involved in student union and student representation. We actively support students by providing a diverse set of 'live' or client-led briefs and get students involved in exhibitions and community projects Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Careers & Progression Why take this course? 92% of students were overall satisfied with their studies last year. The majority of our students successfully gain employment in the creative industry. Students have also gone onto study at postgraduate level. Job prospects range from free-lance Photographer, Gallery Artist, Arts Administration and Community Arts, Photography Lecturer, Photo Journalism to Image retouching or Picture editor. Starting salaries for assistant photographers can be between £12,000 and £17,000 a year. Full-time photographers can earn between £18,000 and £50,000 a year. Facilities Workshops & Studios We have excellent IT facilities all running industry standard software on PC and Apple systems including video editing suites, animation suites and medium and large format professional quality printers. We have a B&W darkroom and 2 Photography studios. We also have excellent craft based workshops for traditional image making techniques such as UV screen printing, stencilling, letter press printing and fabric printing. And, because our courses are small you will be able to take advantage of easy access to all the workshops as and when you need them. Alumni The creative jobs of our graduates Our students go on to achieve employment success across the creative industries and/or study at postgraduate level. [-]

BA (Hons) Popular Music

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

This new degree builds on the fantastically successful Extended Diploma in Music course the College has been offering at further education level for a number of years. It will have several defined pathways; to work independently as a self-contained composer-producer or opt for a more social-based pathway including teaching and workshop-leading as well as traditional live performance. [+]

This new degree builds on the fantastically successful Extended Diploma in Music course the College has been offering at further education level for a number of years. It will have several defined pathways; to work independently as a self-contained composer-producer or opt for a more social-based pathway including teaching and workshop-leading as well as traditional live performance. Herefordshire has a wonderful tradition of music festivals and community music development as well as a burgeoning live music scene. Coupled with that are a number of recording studios with an industry reputation and a growing expat population of city-based musicians, composers, producers, music managers and agents – in short it is thriving! The HCA music degree taps into this industry to provide an excellent vocationally-based music education. Students will also have the opportunity to work on placement with local community music organisations, recording studios, and music festivals. Others may choose to set up their own initiatives. Either way, students will be fully supported by a team of experienced and well-qualified staff. Key Facts: Enables you to become a self-activating musician, initiating and developing your own employment opportunities Taps into a wealth of existing local and regional music initiatives Production-based modules Excellent rehearsal and studio facilities and production suites Strong team of in-house and visiting Industry based lecturers Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details. Progression & Careers A very solid basis for working as a self-employed musician. Progression onto Masters programmes in a number of areas including: song writing, music business, production, education, events management and marketing, music journalism, performance. [-]

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

Textile Design covers a broad range of design disciplines under the heading of ‘textiles’. We are principally focused upon the creative application of design to a wide range of surfaces for Fashion and interiors. [+]

A quick summary of this course Textile Design covers a broad range of design disciplines under the heading of ‘textiles’. We are principally focused upon the creative application of design to a wide range of surfaces for Fashion and interiors. We see ‘textile’ as more than cloth; it can be paper, plastic, wood, metal and these surface designs can form a part of many different aspects of people’s lives, be they Fashion, interior or exterior application. We encourage exploration and experimentation, combining techniques and materials to create innovative design developed from drawing. The course enables you to develop your own creative pathway underpinned by traditional and contemporary textile and fashion design processes, contextual engagement and the production of outcomes. You will gain a broad range of skills so you are able to move in to the creative industries equipped with the expertise that will enable you to gain employment in a wide range of areas. Being located in our new campus with other creative courses means it is easy to cross boundaries, work with students in other disciplines and undertake collaborative projects. Students are able to work on ‘real’ industry projects throughout the course as well as focus on developing their own personal practice. We have well developed links with textile and Fashion industries in the region, nationally and internationally and you will be able to gain invaluable professional experience and work placements. All our Graduates have the opportunity to exhibit at New Designers in London. The course enables you to develop your own creative pathway underpinned by traditional and contemporary textile and Fashion design processes, contextual engagement and the production of outcomes. You will gain a broad range of skills so you are able to move in to the creative industries equipped with the expertise that will enable you to gain employment in a wide range of areas. When you graduate you will leave with the confidence that you can apply your knowledge to a diverse range of career opportunities and design briefs. A key part of the course is to deliver professional application and key ‘design’ skills which cross over disciplines which includes a work placement in Year 2. The course is delivered by experienced, practicing creative industry professionals whose work includes printed, woven, digital and mixed media textile design You can collaborate on projects with other students including jewellers, ceramicists, furniture & product designers, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and fine artists The course enjoys excellent connections with external employers who provide plenty of opportunities for work and commissions with real and current outcomes within the curriculum Sustainability and the environment are central to good design and you can explore them in relation to contemporary social and cultural contexts Features What you will experience We encourage our students to enter national and international awards and competitions such as the Bradford Textile Society and Indesign We go to some great places including Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Venice We work with top designers and companies such as Superdry and Celia Birtwell We sell work direct to top designers in New York such as Reed Krakoff, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gap, Diane von Furstenberg We actively support students by providing a diverse set of 'live' or client-led briefs We encourage students to develop and refine their own personal practice, we don’t have a ‘house style’, and we focus on students as individual design practitioners and work with them to achieve their own goals Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Facilities Workshops & Studios We have superb Textile Design and 3D Workshops both on site at the new College Road Campus and at our other Campus on Folly Lane. We have large scale printing tables where you can print in large scale, full repeat, dye facilities, heat presses, digital printing facilities, digital stitch, hand and digital looms, sewing machines, over lockers, laser cutters, 3D printers, small metals, wood and plastic forming workshops, ceramics, glass and drawing studios. We are proud that all our students, regardless of their chosen degree pathway are able to access all our workshops to develop and advance their practice. We also have dedicated IT suites with both Mac and PC’s, large scale digital printers and the full range of high end programmers to support your practice including Adobe and Weavepoint. The Textiles Studio is a truly stunning space where students get their own dedicated workspace and are able to share practice with fellow textile students. Alumni The creative jobs of our graduates Our students go on to achieve employment success across the creative industries and/or study at postgraduate level. Some of the employers our graduate students have worked for include: Armani Pattern Collective Acorn Conceptual Jimmy Choo Roger Oates Indesign Not on the High Street Artsite 3 Gallery 25 Careers & Progression Why take this course? The BA (Hons) Textile Design will improve student awareness of the working environment and although it is a subject specific course many of the skills developed will be transferable. However, many students find employment in areas such as: Studio Designer in industry or Freelance work relating to both Fashion and Interiors Design based work related to the textile industry such as retail buying and visual merchandising Retail styling for publications and magazines Trend/Colour forecasting Teaching, Lecturing Textile Technical Demonstrator/Instructor [-]

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