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The RCA works with QS Enrolment Solutions to support international students with queries – including two in-country RCA representatives based in India and Malaysia.

However we do not have any signed agreements with any agents or counsellors anywhere in the world. We do not pay anyone commission for sending us a student, nor endorse the services they provide.

On occasion, we may be part of events organised by or attended by agents or counsellors - however, we are attending these events individually, and our attendance does not imply a formal link.

The RCA does not:

  • Ask you to pay for submitting an application
  • Ask you to pay fees in advance of enrolling at the institution - we will ask you to pay a small deposit once you have been made an offer, but not before
  • Offer any student or organisation preferential treatment - everyone is assessed equally on the merits of their application

We disapprove of (and reserve the right to take legal action against) agents who do any of the following:

  • Claim to be operating on our behalf
  • Claim a 'special relationship' with us
  • Charge students for an application on the grounds that the student will have a better chance of getting into RCA through them than if the student had applied directly themselves
  • Using RCA branding, logo, name or materials without permission

The best advice on how to apply to the RCA can be found at our Open Days or Portfolio Advice Sessions, all of which are available virtually – we also run a series of in-person events across the world. More detail can be found at our recruitment events listing.

If you are an international student with a query about applying to the RCA, please email [email protected] or complete our Enquire to Study form.

Use of third party portfolio agencies

Students must submit their own work as part of the application process. The RCA does not support the use of third party agencies to help with student portfolios or applications – we want to hear directly from prospective students about their creative process and experiences. 

Agencies who claim to have a relationship with the RCA or to be able to guarantee acceptance are being misleading, and we will take legal action where required.

Should students be found to have not submitted their own work during the process, their place will be withdrawn – even if they are already at the College. Study at the RCA is also a rigorous academic programme, and students will be failed if they do not meet the required standards.

Alumni Groups/ Chapters

The College does not currently have any affiliated or authorised Alumni Groups/Chapters. All claims of this by alumni are false and queries should be directed to [email protected].

The College does not hold responsibility for alumni setting up informal groups in-person or on social media.