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Mission

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is an innovative, rigorous and community-oriented global learning environment that inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities and the world.

Our ten value statements guide us in achieving our mission:

  • Our students come first

  • We are a campus of professionals, innovators and educators

  • We welcome individuality and self-reflection

  • We appreciate and celebrate our community

  • We communicate our campus pride and excitement

  • We are committed to consistent business processes and systems while fostering innovation

  • We work toward creating a financially sustainable model of higher education that considers the interests of our multiple stakeholders

  • We embrace a culture of leadership, trust and communication

  • We understand the importance of risk-taking and being adaptable to change

  • We value professionalism & role modeling

We embrace forward thinking through our vision statement:
RMCAD will be a premier university known as a destination for a diverse student body that impacts the world.


 

Accreditation

Academic credibility that pays.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

The Higher Learning Commission

In addition, RMCAD is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  

NASAD


Notice - Third-Party Comment Period Open

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit September 8-10, 2014, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design has been accredited by the Commission since 1967. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:
Third Party Comment on Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ncahlc.org/HLC-Institutions/third-party-comment.html.

To be considered, all comments must be in writing and signed, and must address substantive issues related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. The comments should include the name, address, and telephone number or email address of the person providing the remarks. Comments will not be treated as confidential. Questions about submitting a comment anonymously should be directed to legalaffairs@hlcommission.org. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with the College should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals, whether faculty, students, or others. Complaints will not be considered as third-party comments.

All comments must be received by August 8, 2014.


Accreditation for Interior Design

The on-campus professional Interior Design BFA program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Both the on-campus and online Interior Design BFA programs share the same faculty and curriculum, so it is our goal to achieve CIDA accreditation for the online program in the future. View our Interior Design Student Achievement Data here.

CIDA


Accreditation for Art Education

RMCAD is approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education to offer an art education program that leads to an Initial Educator License, which allows graduates to teach grades K-12 art in public schools. 


Why Accreditation Matters

QUALITY ASSURANCE 

Schools accredited by the aforementioned agencies are held to a high degree of accountability. Independent agencies regularly scrutinize our programs to verify that we employ the most relevant and comprehensive approaches to education.   

PREPAREDNESS TO WORK

Accreditation ensures that our programs help students to develop and practice their art, while also equipping them with the necessary tools to succeed in the real world after graduation. 

PORTABILITY OF CREDITS

The fact is that many students will enroll in more than one college or university while completing their undergraduate studies. With our high level of accreditation, courses taken at RMCAD are far more likely to be accepted for transfer credits than courses taken at a school that is not accredited.

LONGEVITY OF CREDITS

After earning an undergraduate degree (BFA, BA, BS), many students choose to continue their studies and pursue a graduate level degree (MFA, MA, PhD). Students who do not study at an accredited school as an undergraduate may not be eligible for graduate programs at accredited colleges and universities. Consult with an Admissions Counselor for further information.

Click here to learn about why accreditation should be an important factor in deciding where to attend college.


Military Affiliation

RMCAD is approved by the Colorado Office of Veterans Education & Training, an organization governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE).

RMCAD is approved for Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and U.S government tuition assistance through the DODMOU.


Individuals wishing to ask a question or file a complaint with NASAD/the HLC/CIDA/CCHE should contact:

CIDA
206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014
t: 616.458.0400
f: 616.458.0460
info@accredit-id.org

HLC
230 South LaSalle Street
Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
info@hlcommission.org

This is the complaint procedure link

Email questions to complaints@hlcommission.org

NASAD
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
Telephone: 703-437-0700
Facsimile: 703-437-6312
info@arts-accredit.org

This is the avenues for expressing concern link

CCHE
1560 Broadway
Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
Main: (303) 866-2723
Fax: (303) 866-4266

Complaint procedure link