BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk.

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
A The arts
See also: HPN “Aesthetics”
AM Architecture
AMA Theory of architecture
AMB Individual architects and architectural firms
Use AMB with codes from AC “History of Art / Art and design styles” denoting style or period where appropriate
AMC Architectural structure and design
AMD Architecture: professional practice
AMG Public buildings: civic, commercial, industrial, etc
AMK Residential buildings, domestic buildings
AMN Religious buildings
AMR Professional interior design
See also: WJK “Interior design, decor and style guides” for general reader
AMV Landscape art and architecture
AMX History of architecture
Use AMX with codes from AC “History of Art / Art and design styles” denoting style or period where appropriate


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