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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1851
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Folly Lane, Hereford, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441432273359
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Hereford College of Arts

The college was founded in 1851 and was known as the Herefordshire College of Art & Design. The name changed to incorporate the inclusion of Music and Performing Arts. In 2012, a new Arts Space and main entrance for Folly Lane was unveiled, providing much needed social, café and exhibition space. Designed by Hewitt Studios and constructed by Keir Moss, the contemporary and innovative space was funded entirely from college reserves. Landscaped gardens and outdoor areas are integrated into the design. This highly functional space has already hosted a number of exhibitions and events as well as being enjoyed on a day-to-day basis by students and staff. It's kitted out with striking café furniture, soft seating and tables, flexible exhibition panels, wi-fi access and touch-screen computers.

Academic Highlights

HCA’s intimate scale lends itself to natural collaborations and distinctive creative groups. It is the ideal setting for you to discover alternative ways of looking at things – surprising yourself and each other. Students also experience an excellent amount of contact time with tutors in a forum which is small enough for your voice to be heard.

All students benefit from inductions to relevant workshops and studios. If your practice leads you down a new and inventive route; you are free to experiment using HCA’s great range of facilitates. So, if you’re an animator who discovers you’d like to experiment with embroidery – you can! Many of the staff at HCA are also active practitioners in their own right, meaning they can offer you guidance as mentors, specialists and peers.

Life in Hereford College of Arts

It offers courses in both further and higher education fields, in Art & Design, Music and Performing Arts, to local, national and international students. The College has two campuses; Folly Lane is home to College-level courses and the former Royal National College for the Blind building on College Road is home to University-level courses. The BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing Course is the only one of its kind in the UK, and is taught at the largest teaching forge in Europe. Students at HCA exhibit their work regularly, and the College welcomes thousands of visitors every year to its annual Summer Show. Many students are selling their work before they graduate, via commissions, live briefs and their own practices. Music and Performing Arts students stage regular productions based at the College and at external venues. Students attend regular specialist shows and conferences and have good links with external companies to further activities.

School Ranking


Level 1 Courses

Minimum of 2 GCSEs grade 9 – 2 (A* – F)

English and/or maths at grade 3 (grade D) or above desirable.

Level 2 Courses:

4 GCSEs grades 9 – 2 (A* – F)

English and/or maths at grade 4 (C) or above desirable.

Level 3 Courses:

5 GCSEs grades 9 – 4 (A* – C) or Merit at Level 2 Diploma.

English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above desirable.

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design:

1 A Level/ A2 or Extended Diploma preferably in a creative subject plus 5 GCSEs including English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above.

Notable Alumni

Olly Alexander- The Riot Club actor and lead singer of Years & Years. Rose Ellen Dix - Youtuber

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