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

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”
AN Theatre studies
Note: for musical theatre, use AVGM “Musicals”; for playscripts and drama texts, use DD “Plays, playscripts”; for Shakespeare plays, use DDS “Shakespeare plays”
ANB Theatre: individual actors and directors
See also: APB “Individual actors and performers” for film, TV and radio actors. Use both ANB and APB where appropriate. See also: BGF “Biography: arts and entertainment”; BGFA “Autobiography: arts and entertainment”
ANC Acting techniques
Class here: monologues, audition material, etc
ANF Theatre direction and production
ANH Theatre: technical and background skills
Class here: stagecraft, wardrobe and makeup, lighting, scenery, etc
ANS Theatre management

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