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”
AC History of art / art and design styles
Note: use AC* codes in conjunction with other Arts codes, as appropriate; eg with codes from AF “Art forms”, AG “Art treatments and subjects”, AK “Industrial / commercial art and design”, AM “Architecture”
ACB Art styles not defined by date
ACC History of art: pre-history
ACG History of art: ancient and classical art, BCE to c. 500 CE
Class here: Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, early Christian, Celtic art, etc; use Geographical qualifier where appropriate
ACK History of art: Byzantine and Medieval art c. 500 CE to c. 1400
ACN History of art and design styles: c. 1400 to c. 1600
ACQ History of art and design styles: c. 1600 to c. 1800
ACV History of art and design styles: c. 1800 to c. 1900
ACX History of art and design styles: from c. 1900–

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