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”
AK Industrial / commercial art and design
Use AK* codes with codes from AC “History of art / Art and design styles” where appropriate. Note: for Computer-aided design, use UGC “Computer-aided design (CAD)”. For interior design, use AMR “Professional interior design” or WJK “Interior design, decor and style guides” for general works
AKB Individual designers
AKC Graphic design
AKD Typography and lettering
AKH Book design
AKL Illustration and commercial art
AKP Product design
See also: TBD “Technical design”
AKR Furniture design
AKT Fashion and textiles: design

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