Launchgrad @ HCA

Launchgrad aims to support HCA graduates from degree and postgraduate programmes in the crucial 18 months post-graduation. It offers you the chance to continue to take part in online events, seminar sessions and workshops at HCA, as well as sharing a range of exciting external events and opportunities.

Events, Opportunities and Resources

We publish a regular newsletter to keep you updated with news, external events and creative opportunities. Through the year we will invite you to take part in virtual events and discussion groups.

You will get the chance to shape the future of the programme by suggesting events or workshops that you might be interested in finding out more about or attending.

If you would like to speak with us at any time to make a suggestion or are involved in a project you would like mentioned in our newsletter, please email us at

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Graduate Associate Membership

As a recent graduate of a degree or post-graduate qualification at HCA, you can apply for 18 months of free Graduate Associate Membership. We hope you stay part of our community after graduating as you build your creative career.

As you are aware, since the start of lockdown we froze our Graduate Associate Membership scheme. 

As lockdown eases, we are delighted to let you know that we are now able to trial limited library access for Graduate Associate Members of HCA and can therefore unfreeze your current membership. 

To visit the library, you must book in advance by emailing at least 24 hours before you would like to visit the library.  

Library staff will confirm whether there is space available for your visit. There will be no IT or photocopier access, so please bring your own device if you want to use a computer and ask reception staff for guest wifi passwords. 

Whilst on-site, Graduate Associate Members must comply with HCA’s COVID-code and wear their orange lanyard (available from reception) and GAM badge. Please arrive at the time you have agreed with the library team and please do not visit any other college areas. 

Although these are small steps forward, we look forward to welcoming you back to the library and will continue to update and review access in view of government guidance and the need to ensure the safety of the college community. We will initially review after six weeks, and if any changes are made will notify you through the newsletter and blog posts. 

You will continue to be invited to online events within college and to receive regular newsletters. 

For further details, email Please make sure that you have opted ‘in’ to staying in touch with HCA on your application form so that we can send you our newsletter.