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”
AG Art treatments and subjects
Note: with AG* codes, assign also the relevant code from AC “History of art / Art and design style” and/or from AF “Art forms”, as appropriate
AGB Individual artists, art monographs
AGC Exhibition catalogues and specific collections
See also: WTHM “Museum, historic sites, gallery and art guides”
AGH Human figures depicted in art
AGK Small-scale, secular and domestic scenes in art
Class here: ‘genre’ subjects in art
AGN Animals and nature in art (still life, landscapes and seascapes, etc)
AGP Man-made objects depicted in art (cityscapes, machines, etc)
AGR Religious subjects depicted in art
AGZ Art techniques and principles
Class here: textbooks and advanced level works on techniques, colour theory, perspective, etc. See WFA “Painting and art manuals” for hobbyist and ‘how-to’ manuals

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