Hereford College of Arts is an art school based in the West Midlands, UK, and is the only specialist college in the region dedicated to the Arts. The college was founded in 1851 and was known as Herefordshire College of Art & Design. The name changed to incorporate the inclusion of Music and Performing 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. College Level Courses Diploma in Art & Design, Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Extended Diploma in Music, Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, and the post-18 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. The College offers a variety of University Level Courses, which are validated by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Academic courses include: BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing, BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts, BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design, BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, BA (Hons) Music, BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Textile Design, FdA Commercial Photography, FdA Film & Photography. The College also offers Postgraduate courses in Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts and Short Courses for evening study and businesses, and Saturday Clubs for schoolchildren.
The design and architecture has generated great interest from national and regional bodies, and has been shortlisted and awarded for:
2014 Green Apple Award
2013 Civic Trust Award
2012 West Midlands RIBA Award
2012 West of England LABC Building Excellence Award
2012 Wood Award.
It has also been profiled by MADE to showcase how design is improving the quality of the built environment in the West Midlands and also featured in a cross-section of architectural journals and magazines from the UK and abroad.
Olly Alexander- The Riot Club actor and lead singer of Years and Years.