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.
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).
In addition, RMCAD is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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
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.
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:
206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
This is the complaint procedure link
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11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
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This is the avenues for expressing concern link
Denver, CO 80202
Main: (303) 866-2723
Fax: (303) 866-4266
Complaint procedure link