In 1963, Philip J. Steele founded Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Already a well-known illustrator and educator, he wanted to start an art training program based on the traditional, academic method of drawing and painting dating back to the Renaissance.
His mission was to make RMCAD a "community of creatives" that would instill a passion for creativity, innovation, excellence, and lifelong learning in both the fine and applied arts. He sought to nurture the individual talents of each student, to integrate critical thinking and analysis into their skills, and to contribute in socially responsible ways to the local, global and professional communities.
The college has grown in leaps and bounds since then, expanding our campus, our faculty, and the majors we offer. Now, next to the easels and palettes, you'll find computers and digital video cameras and alongside the life drawing classes you'll find courses in 3D animation, Computer-Aided Design and Game Art.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is proud to have served as one of the nation's premier art and design institutions for nearly 50 years. Much has changed in these past decades, but more important is what has stayed the same: our commitment to giving each and every student the dedication, attention, and education they need to thrive. We have created a place filled with great joy, enlightenment and creativity - one where we plan on nurturing the talents and abilities of artists, designers and visionaries for generations to come.
Location & Facilities
People have been known to come to Colorado for vacation or to visit friends, fall in love with the laid-back attitude and natural beauty, and decide to never leave. It's no wonder, what with the unique blend of cultural opportunities and outdoor adventure the state has to offer
The RMCAD campus is on the outskirts of Denver, perfectly situated between downtown and the foothills. Head ten minutes east, and you'll find yourself among the skyscrapers, clubs, restaurants, and galleries of the city. A short drive to the west of campus, and you'll enter the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
RMCAD's beautiful 23-acre campus is designated as a National Historic District. Currently, 11 of the 17 campus structures (approximately 100,000 square feet) are devoted to classrooms, administrative offices, common areas and support spaces, including:
- A total of 36 studio and lecture classrooms and dedicated computer labs
- 2 AV theaters/classrooms
- 2 fully equipped wood shops
- 4 art galleries
- 2 student lounges
- 4 conference rooms
- Student studio spaces for upperclassmen
- Multifunctional auditorium
- Historic Rotunda Pavilion event space
- Roots@RMCAD Café
- RMCAD Supply Store
- Library containing over 14,000 titles
List of Departments
Rmcad offers not only degree programmes but also online as well as a blend of both degree and online courses i.e. hybrid programmes.
Name of the Program
Based on both your cumulative GPA and two letters of recommendation. Award amounts up to $2,400 per term.
Based on a portfolio of your best artwork. Award amounts up to $2,650 per term.
These grants are for those students who have the drive and passion to be successful RMCAD students, but might not qualify for an Academic or Artistic Scholarship. Based on two letters of recommendation, these grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the Vice President of Admissions. Award amounts up to $2,650 per term.
Presidential Provost Scholarships
These scholarships were created to recognize a student's potential to make significant contributions to the art and design world. Admissions Counselors nominate select applicants who are then asked to submit an essay and two letters of recommendation. One Presidential and two Provost Scholarship winners will be chosen each term. The Provost award amounts are up to $7,500 per term and the Presidential award amount is up to $10,000 per term.
RMCAD grants generous scholarships at a variety of community events including school district art shows, congressional district art shows, National Portfolio Days, and the Scholastic Art Awards of Colorado with award amounts up to $2,500 per term.
RMCAD operates on a trimester schedule, with a full complement of classes available during the fall, spring and summer. Many of our students say that taking summer courses was one of the best things they did at RMCAD. Generally smaller in size, these classes allow even more interaction with faculty and fellow students. Plus, if you take a full credit load in all three terms, you can complete your BFA in just three years.
Next Start: August 29, 2011
January 9, 2012
May 7, 2012
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All records should be submitted in your native language. Credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be as literal as possible.
In addition you will need to complete the following steps:
1. Submit TOEFL scores or equivalent
Minimum scores are:
- Computerized Test: 213
- Written Test: 550
- Internet: 79
RMCAD's ID code is 1943. Please use this code when registering for the exam.
You may be required to successfully complete an English as a Second Language (ESL) course before being admitted.
2. Submit official financial documents
International students must submit an official bank statement verifying sufficient funds to cover the cost of attending RMCAD and living expenses for one year.
3. Obtain immigration documents
Immigration documents will be issued once RMCAD has received all required documents and you have been accepted. This form can be used to obtain a student visa. The I-20 form can only be issued to regular full-time students admitted into a degree program or special program.
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