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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design is college with 739 students located in Denver, CO.

Fine and Performing Arts, Open Admissions

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Overview

Overview

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Founded in 1963 by Philip J. Steele, RMCAD has an impressive 48-year history of art and design education.

RMCAD offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, Illustration, Interior Design, Communications Design, Fine Arts, Animation (2D and 3D), and Game Art. All of our programs are offered in flexible formats to fit a variety of lifestyles. Our hybrid programs combine on-campus classes with online classes, and our fully online programs offer a convenient option for working professionals to pursue a degree.

And, even more exciting, RMCAD is planning to offer its first Master of Arts program in Design Thinking and Leadership in 2012! The graduate program will be an innovative degree for those interested in advancing their careers through an interdisciplinary approach of business, leadership, critical thinking and design process.

At RMCAD, we believe that those in the creative disciplines must understand the historical, social, economic and political context of our world. It takes more than skill to venture into the world as a professional artist or designer. True creativity is the product of an enlightened, disciplined and refined mind. Our liberal arts curriculum provides a solid foundation in the humanities, social sciences, history, literature and technology. Within both studio and lecture classes - whether online or on-campus - students are challenged and inspired to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize the past, present and future in their work.

On-campus students learn, create and grow on a beautiful, historic property that serves 600 students and houses 45 full-time faculty. Our faculty are award-winning professional artists and designers, hold advanced degrees in their discipline, and have extensive experience teaching.

It's an exciting time to be in the world of art and design. RMCAD's promise to you is that we will develop your potential, creativity and marketability for a successful career and fulfilling professional life as an artist, designer and scholar.

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 739
Gender 37% Male / 63% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 75% Full Time / 25% Part Time
Geography 59% In State / 41% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 40% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 66%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 14%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Activities

Student Publications: Sanatorium

  • Student Newspaper

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load study skills assistance tutoring learning center writing center remedial instruction
  • Computer Services: wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: fine arts center exhibition space, outdoor exhibition space, photography lab and darkroom, documentation room for digitally recording student work for portfolios and assessment
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for hearing impaired services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major internships accelerated program honors program independent study teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Illustration (23%), Fine/Studio Arts (17%), Computer Graphics (15%), Interior Design (10%), Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects (8%), Art Teacher Education (7%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the design, development, and programming of interactive media entertainment, including computer and video games, virtual environments, Internet applications, and other interactive media. Includes instruction in theory of games, turn-based games, real-time games, visual and interactive design, story development, animation, simulation, and programming.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach art and art appreciation programs at various educational levels.

Job Opportunities:

Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the software, hardware, and mathematical tools used to represent, display, and manipulate topological, two-, and three-dimensional objects on a computer screen and that prepares individuals to function as computer graphics specialists. Includes instruction in graphics software and systems; digital multimedia; graphic design; graphics devices, processors, and standards; attributes and transformations; projections; surface identification and rendering; color theory and application; and applicable geometry and algorithms.

Job Opportunities:

Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs.

Job Opportunities:

Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Administration & Faculty

Interim President Sage A. Scheer
Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission
Accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Full-time Faculty 31
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 51 : 48
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $28,378 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $25,671
$30K-$48K $25,169
$48K-$75K $30,537
$75K-$110K $30,529
$110K+ $27,585

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $21,720, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $21,720 Same as On-Campus
Fees $750 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $7,984
Books $1,749 $1,749
Total (before financial aid) $24,219 $32,203

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 75% $6,549
Federal Scholarships/Grants 40% $4,114
Institutional Grants 98% $9,285
Other Federal Grants 12% $1,000
Other Loans 5% $18,926
Pell Grants 40% $3,824
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 12% $1,864
Student Loans 75% $7,882

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.rmcad.edu/financial-overview.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.rmcad.edu/student-information.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

38% of students graduated on time.

48% of students graduated in six years.

66% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

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