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!

This school offers programs in:
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Programs

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BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford

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... [-]

BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Illustration

Campus Full time Part time 3 weeks October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Photography

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Popular Music

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 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... [-]