• Frequently Asked Questions (Relevant to 2015/16)

  • Registration

    How do I register as an applicant?
    I have forgotten my password.
    What is my Applicant ID number?

    Applicant Details

    My first language is not English - can I apply without submitting a language test certificate?
    If I will provide a test certificate with my application, what are the minimum scores accepted by the RCA?
    What language requirements do I need to meet for a Tier 4 visa application?

    Education & Experience

    I have not graduated yet, do I need to fill in anything in the 'College or University Currently or Most Recently Attended' section?
    Can I upload more than one document as proof of my qualification?
    My transcript/ certificate is not in English language. Do I need to provide an official translation?
    I have previously applied to the RCA - can I use a transcript/ certificate I submitted with my application last year?
    I am not a British applicant - what should I fill in the 'Further Education from Age 16-18' section?
    Can I submit a CV instead of entering the details of my work experience and employment on the application form?

    Additional Information

    I have been diagnosed with a disability (specific learning difficulty), but I was not in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance during my previous degree, what should I enter in this section?
    I am a disabled student and have been asked to submit additional information about my disability. Where do I send the information and who can see it?
    Do I need to submit a portfolio and what should it include?
    When do I need to send my portfolio
    Can I submit an online portfolio?
    Where can I find the identifying labels for my portfolio?
    Do I need to pay for the return of my portfolio?
    Can I bring my portfolio to the College in person?

    Course

    Can I apply for more than one course?

    Reference

    Who can act as my referee?
    Can I submit more than one reference?
    I am not able to submit my Reference request.
    My referee is not able to access the reference form.
    Is it possible to find out if my referee has submitted the report?

    Payment

    I do not have access to any of the credit cards listed on the Payment page.
    I am worried about the security of online transactions.

    Other Frequently Asked Questions

    I am not able to view/ access parts of the online application form properly.
    Why are some sections of my Application Form blank although I have already filled them in?
    I have entered information incorrectly and would like to change it.
    Is it possible to make some changes to my application form once it is submitted?
    I don't live in the UK. Do I need to come to the College to attend an interview?
    When will I find out if my application is successful?
    I completed my undergraduate degree outside the UK. Is my undergraduate qualification recognised by the Royal College of Art?
    I need to apply for Tier 4 student Visa; how and when can I apply?
    What are the tuition fees for 2015/16?
    Will there be any financial help for students in 2015/16?
    Will I be classified as a Home or Overseas student if my application is successful?

  • How do I register as an applicant?

    Please click on this link, which will direct you to a page where you will be asked to provide your e-mail address and a password.

    I have forgotten my password.

    You should click on the 'Forgotten password' link on the 'Login' page, where a new password can be generated for you and sent to the email address associated with your account. All you have to do is enter your username.

    What is my Applicant ID number?

    Your Applicant ID number is created once you register with the RCA Online Applications system. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from us with your Applicant ID number as soon as you have registered. You can see your six-digit ID number on the menu bar, on the left-hand side of each page on your Application Form. Your Applicant ID number will also be included in all the future correspondence you will receive from the RCA Admissions regarding your application.

    My first language is not English - can I apply without submitting a language test certificate?

    You are not required to submit a language test score at this stage. If you are invited to an interview at the College and and you do not have a valid certificate which meets our minimum requirements, you will be asked to take an external language assessment. If you have taken an English language assessment in the last two years, please upload a copy of the Test Certificate to your application form. More information can be found here

    If I will provide a test certificate with my application, what are the minimum scores accepted by the RCA?

    Please visit the English Language Requirements page on the RCA website for full details of the minimum entry score requirement.

    What language requirements do I need to meet for a Tier 4 visa application?

    Please note that although you will not be required to submit an English language certificate at the application stage, you will be required to take an external language assessment for entry to the MA and the score must satisfy the conditions of MA entry and also Tier 4. Please see this page English Language Requirements for more information.

    I have not graduated yet, do I need to fill in anything in the 'College or University Currently or Most Recently Attended' section?

    If you have not yet completed your degree, please complete as much information as you can in the 'College or University Currently or Most Recently Attended' section, but leave the Result column and Year of Award blank. If you are offered a place, we will need to see original proof of your qualifications before Registration.

    Can I upload more than one document as proof of my qualification?

    You can only upload one document, however if you wish to upload a copy of your transcripts as well as a copy of your degree certificate, please save all the documents together as one file which you can then upload.

    My transcript/ certificate is not in English language. Do I need to provide an official translation?

    You will not be required to provide a translation at this stage. If your application is successful, you will be required to submit an official translation before you register. You may be required to send translations in earlier if your Programme requires them.

    I have previously applied to the RCA - can I use a transcript/ certificate I submitted with my application last year?

    You must re-submit your transcripts with your application for 2015/16 admission. The College receives a very high number of applications each year and we will not be able to search for your supporting documents from a previous application.

    I am not a British applicant - what should I fill in the 'Further Education from Age 16-18' section?

    You should enter details of your school leaving certificate/examinations and you can either include each subject you studied (you can add subjects by using the Add button) or just the name of the qualification. If you choose not to include all subjects and do not have an overall grade or score, you can type "n/a" in the Result field.

    Can I submit a CV instead of entering the details of my work experience and employment on the application form?

    We do not accept CV's unless otherwise stated. You can enter the details of your work experience in the 'Previous Experience' section on the application form, using the 'Click to add more experience' button.

    I have been diagnosed with a disability (specific learning difficulty), but I was not in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance during my previous degree, what should I enter in this section?

    You can leave the DSA section blank.

    I am a disabled student and have been asked to submit additional information about my disability. Where do I send the information and who can see it?

    You can e-mail the details in confidence to admissions@rca.ac.uk. We ask applicants with a disability or learning difficulty to provide further information of their condition, if they think it is relevant for their application. The information will be passed on to the relevant Programme Administrator and the Student Support Manager. If you would prefer to discuss your situation confidentially with a member of staff, please contact either the Student Support Office +44 (0)20 7590 4140 or Qona Rankin, Dyslexia Coordinator +44 (0)20 7590 4544. Disclosure of this information will not jeopardize your application.

    Do I need to submit a portfolio and what should it include?

    You can find details about all programme portfolio requirements from the Programme Requirements section. If you have further questions about portfolio requirements, please contact the programme you are applying for. Contact details can be found from School & Programmes.

    When do I need to send my portfolio

    The portfolio deadline is 23 January 2017 (this is the date by which we need to receive your portfolio, unless otherwise stated by the programme).

    Can I submit an online portfolio?

    Online submissions via the official RCA portfolio facility are accepted from applicants to certain programmes only. Please view the portfolio requirements for each programme in the Programme Requirements.

    Where can I find the identifying labels for my portfolio?

    Once you have submitted your online application form the links to download the labels will be displayed if you are required to send a physical portfolio. If you need to send in your portfolio before you have submitted your application form you may request blank labels and item lists from admissions@rca.ac.uk but please remember to complete all the information and to add your Applicant ID number.

    Do I need to pay for the return of my portfolio?

    Applicants are asked to pay for the shipping of portfolios only if this exceeds £65. Overseas candidates must ensure that freight charges include payment of any delivery charges from the port of arrival in this country and meet the cost of the return of their work. This is very important as the College will not pay customs charges on behalf of candidates.

    Can I bring my portfolio to the College in person?

    You are welcome to bring your portfolio to the College in person. The Portfolio Office is open from 19 January 2015 and the opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. The address for deliveries for all academic programmes is Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU. You should report at the Jay Mews Reception (back entrance to the main building, off Kensington Gore).

    The College is closed for Christmas from 24 December 2014 to 4 January 2015

    Can I apply for more than one course?

    It is possible to apply for more than one course, but you will need to register with a different username for both applications (you should use the same contact email address). The applications are to be treated individually and you will need to make two separate payments and submit two separate portfolios.

    Who can act as my referee?

    You should provide at least one academic reference. If you are not able to nominate an academic referee (i.e. you may have left your previous institution several years ago), you are welcome to nominate somebody else who is familiar with your work (i.e. an employer).

    Can I submit more than one reference?

    You can submit two references via the online application form. Additional references may be sent separately to the Admissions office, but they must be clearly marked with your name, course and Application Reference Number, as well as your referees contact details.

    I am not able to submit my Reference request.

    Please make sure that you have completed and saved all the preceding sections on your application form and then resubmit your reference request.

    My referee is not able to access the reference form.

    You can e-mail your referee a link to the online reference form. (The link can be found on the 'Reference' page on your application form.)

    Is it possible to find out if my referee has submitted the report?

    You can view the status of your reference after you have submitted your application. However, you can only view the content of the reference if your referee has given their permission.

    I do not have access to any of the credit cards listed on the Payment page.

    Please contact the Admissions office for details of possible alternative payment methods.

    I am worried about the security of online transactions.

    The online payment is processed by WorldPay and your details will be collected securely and treated with total confidence.

    I am not able to view/ access parts of the online application form properly.

    We would advise you to complete the form with one of the following browsers: Firefox 3.0 upwards, Safari v 2.0 onwards, Internet Explorer v7 and v8, Opera 7.5 upwards, and Chrome 1.0 and above for Windows.

    Why are some sections of my Application Form blank although I have already filled them in?

    You need to click on the 'Save' button at the bottom of the page (where applicable) before moving to the next page in order for your data to be stored on the form.

    I have entered information incorrectly and would like to change it.

    If you have not submitted your application yet, all you need to do is re-enter the correct information in the relevant fields and press Save. Your previously entered details will be automatically updated.

    Is it possible to make some changes to my application form once it is submitted?

    Once you have submitted your application, you cannot make any changes to the information. Please make sure you check each section thoroughly before submitting the form. If you need to change your contact email after submitting the form, please contact admissions@rca.ac.uk.

    I don't live in the UK. Do I need to come to the College to attend an interview?

    If applicants are successful in the first part of the Entrance Examination, they will be invited to a formal interview at the College with the appropriate admissions board and, for some courses, practical tests. However, in some circumstances applicants from Overseas may be interviewed by Skype. If you would like to have further information about this, please contact the relevant Programme.

    When will I find out if my application is successful?

      The 2015/16 Applications timetable is as follows:
    • 16 January 2015: Closing date for receipt of applications.
    • 23 January 2017: Closing date for receipt of portfolios.
    • 13 February 2015: Invitations issued to candidates selected for interview.
    • 13 March 2015: Interviews completed.
    • 01 April 2015: Result letters sent.

    I completed my undergraduate degree outside the UK. Is my undergraduate qualification recognised by the Royal College of Art?

    We are not able to make a full assessment of your undergraduate qualification until you have been invited to interview. Admission is normally based on a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. If you want to find out about how your qualification compares to those from the UK you can contact UK Naric for more information.

    I need to apply for Tier 4 student Visa; how and when can I apply?

    It is not possible to apply for your visa more than three months before the date that your course starts. Your visa will allow you to enter the UK one month before the date that your course starts. Please refer to Applying for a Student Visa for further information.

    What are the tuition fees for 2015/16?

    Please see Tuition Fees for details.

    Will there be any financial help for students in 2015/16?

    Please see Financial Help for details on possible bursaries.

    Will I be classified as a Home or Overseas student if my application is successful?

    We are not able to make a full assessment of your fee status until you have been offered a place to study. If we are unable to assess your status fully at the time of offer you will be sent a Fees Status Questionnaire with your offer letter. The criteria used to assess our students' fees status is available on the website of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)