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To succeed at RMCAD and in your professional career beyond, you'll need access to the industry's leading-edge technological tools. RMCAD offers the GearBox program to save you the hassle and cost of finding equipment and software on your own. This program provides a one-stop shop for computers, hardware, software and devices tailored for each major.

The GearBox program provides the tools that will help you thrive in your program. We understand that you want to focus on your education so we've taken the worry out of finding equipment. Best of all, the GearBox program provides significant savings and allows you to pick up your purchase on campus or have it delivered to you.

What's included?

Since each program is unique, the components of your GearBox will depend on your major. Take a look at what will be included in your GearBox!

Animation

2-D ANIMATION
HP ZBook 2.4GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7
HP Warranty (4 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
ToonBoom Suite
3-D ANIMATION
HP ZBook 2.4GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7
HP Warranty (4 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
Wacom Tablet- Medium
Pencil Check Pro
Storyboard Pro
AutoDesk Creative Suite***

Commercial Photography

MacBook Pro 15”: 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7- 16GB with Retina Display
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
Lacie Mini Rugged 1TB External Hard drive
Nikon D610- Includes 24-85mm lens, 16GB SD Card, Battery pack, camera case****
Gemini 400rx light kit: Kit Includes: 2 x Gemini 400Rx, 1 x Pulsar Tx Radio Trigger, 2 x 90cm Umbrella, 2 x Wide-Angle Reflector, 2 x Lighting Support Stand, 1 x Carry Case. Plus, Lamps, Cables and Sync Cord.****

Fine Art + Art Education

CERAMICS, PAINTING + DRAWING, SCULPTURE
MacBook Pro 15”: 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7- 16GB with Retina Display
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
PHOTO + VIDEO
MacBook Pro 15”: 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7- 16GB with Retina Display
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
LaCie Rugged Mini- 1 TB
Nikon D5200- Includes 18-15mm lens, 16GB SD Card, Battery pack

Game Art

HP ZBook 2.4GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7
HP Warranty (4 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
AutoDesk Creative Suite***

Graphic Design

MacBook Pro 15”: 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7- 16GB with Retina Display
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
Nikon D5200- Includes 18-15mm lens, 16GB SD Card, Battery pack

Illustration

MacBook Pro 15”: 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7- 16GB with Retina Display
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
Wacom Tablet- Medium
ArtRage

Interior Design

HP ZBook 2.4GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7
HP Warranty (4 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
2014 Autodesk Building

Master's Programs

Design Strategy + Innovation;
Education Leadership + Emerging Technologies
13” MacBook Pro
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office

Certificate Programs

3D Animation: Pre-Production;
3D Animation:Character Animation
HP ZBook 2.4GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7
HP Warranty
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
AutoDesk Entertainment Suite
Introduction to Leadership + Design Thinking;
Investigations in Learning + Leadership
13” MacBook Pro
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office
Pathways to Art + Design
MacBook Pro 15”: 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7- 16GB with Retina Display
AppleCare (3 year)
LoJack (4-year subscription)
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription**
Microsoft Office

**Annual Adobe subscription fee will be charged to your account every year.
***AutoDesk Creative Suite is a free educational download from the AutoDesk website.
****These items will be shipped at the end of your second term

Please note that prices, components, models and versions are subject to change without advanced notice. Applicable sales taxes and shipping and handling charges may apply.

Ready to get your GearBox?

You can find the GearBox form in the Achieve online student portal or request it from your admissions counselor. When your GearBox is ready and the appropriate paperwork has been filled out and collected, you can pick it up on campus. If you're an online student, your GearBox will be delivered to you.

Payment

There are a variety of ways to pay for your GearBox. You can pay:

  • By mail. Send payments to: RMCAD, 1600 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80214. Please include your student ID number on the check.
  • By phone. (Credit card payments only.) Contact the Student Accounts/Bursar's Office at 303-567-7285.
  • In person. Cash, credit card and check payments will be accepted at the Supply Store (located on the first floor of the Texas building) during normal business hours 8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:00-5:15 p.m.
  • Using a no-interest, term-based payment plan. This option allows you to spread payments out over the four months of your first term. In order to take advantage of the payment plan option, an agreement must be signed with the Bursar/Student Accounts Office and payments must remain current. Contact the Student Accounts/Bursar’s Office at 303-567-7285 for more information and documentation.

All GearBox costs must be paid in-full at the time of pick up via cash, check, credit card or payment plan. Proof of payment plan must be presented at the time of pick up. Delinquent accounts for tuition and/or GearBox charges will be turned over to a third-party collection agency. All fees incurred from the efforts to collect the balance due are the responsibility of the student.

On-ground students must submit GearBox order forms at least two weeks before their start date. Late orders may not be ready on time for the pick up dates. Order forms can be accessed on the Achieve website. There is no GearBox pick up during Orientation.

FAQ's

Do I get to keep my GearBox after I graduate?
Yes. After purchasing your GearBox, it is yours to keep.

What if I already have some of the equipment required for my major?
Each GearBox is sold as a bundle. You cannot omit or substitute equipment. It is an all-or-nothing purchase.

Do I have to get a GearBox?
Yes, the GearBox is a required Technology Fee. For the most up to date pricing on this fee for your major, please contact your admissions representative.

What about software updates?
The initial $10 fee included in your GearBox covers the download of the Adobe Creative Cloud. An annual Adobe subscription fee will be charged to your account each year. ToonBoom upgrades are offered to students at no charge through their website. All other software upgrades will be the responsibility of the student.

What if I change majors?
You will most likely have to purchase new equipment. In the case of major changes (and ONLY in the case of major changes), you will be able to purchase the components you need individually.

What is your return policy?
No returns on items 30 days after purchase or on opened merchandise. Returns are subject to review by the Tech Bar.

What happens if I leave RMCAD?
Unopened and unused GearBoxes can be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If you leave RMCAD after 30 days or open your GearBox, you are financially responsible for all components.

What if I want to purchase equipment or software from another major?
We do not offer the option to buy individual pieces of equipment or software at this time. Only in the case of major changes will be able able to work with you to purchase the appropriate items for your new major without duplication.

What happens if my equipment is lost or stolen?
Each GearBox contains LoJack theft recovery software. If your laptop is stolen, call the number included on your software card and as long as you installed the software, LoJack will track it down. They have a 90% recovery rate.

I'm a new student and am unfamiliar with some of the components of my GearBox. How do I learn to use my stuff?
You will be familiarized with your materials during orientation.

I'm a transfer student. Do I need a GearBox?
All students are required to have the equipment listed for your major. All materials that are not purchased through GearBox must be approved by your department chair.

E-mail questions to gearbox@rmcad.edu or talk to your admissions counselor.