Jul 15, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Admissions Requirements



Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design admits students who have a desire to explore new possibilities; work hard to realize their personal best; and are eager to produce original, innovative work. Although a variety of evaluation criteria are necessary for a sound admission decision, evidence of a student’s potential is the primary consideration in the admissions process.

Declaration of Modality for Admissions

Students who apply to RMCAD will be asked to select either the campus or online modality at the time of application.

Students who need to change their modality must contact their Student Advisor to facilitate the change in modality. For specific requirements for a change of modality, please consult your Student Advisor.

Major Declaration for Admissions

Students who apply to RMCAD will be asked to select a major at the time of application. If students do not know which program they wish to pursue, they may apply for General Admission or “Undeclared”. Students must declare a major by the end of their first academic year, or two semesters, and prior to earning 30 credits. Note: All Financial Aid students are required to be degree seeking.

Undergraduate Admissions

U.S. Applicants

  1. Application for Admission
    Applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission and a $50 application fee. Applications must be completed online at www.rmcad.edu.
     
  2. Transcripts
    Official transcripts should be sent directly to RMCAD via email at transcripts@rmcad.edu. Transcripts opened by the student will not be considered official. Transfer students may be asked to submit a high school transcript as well as a transcript(s) from the institution(s) of higher education previously attended, pending a review of completed college credits and college GPA.

    New students must submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education that the student has attended in order to complete the registration and enrollment process. In special circumstances, submission of official transcript(s) can be waived at the President’s discretion. If the student is a recent high school graduate, an official high school transcript showing a graduation date is acceptable. Students who do not provide official transcripts from every institution previously attended before their scheduled start date are eligible to change their start date one time to allow time for the submission of required official transcripts.

    All transcripts submitted by students from previously attended schools become a part of their official record. RMCAD does not re-release official or unofficial transcripts earned from other institutions.
     
  3. Cumulative GPA
    All applicants must either possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher or possess a high school equivalency diploma with a GED score of 165 or higher if taken in 2016 or 500 or higher if taken before 2016. Home-schooled students must submit satisfactory GED scores or submit proof of graduation by an accrediting body that is recognized by RMCAD.
     
  4. Academic Success Plan (ASP) Program
    Applicants who are admitted with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 or a GED with a score less than 165 taken in 2016 or less than 500 if taken prior to 2016 will be required to participate in the Academic Success Plan (ASP). Students participating in the Academic Success Plan (ASP) may be registered part-time and will create an individualized plan with their Student Advisor and an Academic Mentor from the Student Learning Center (SLC) who will assist them in their success at RMCAD. Students admitted under the requirement to participate in the Academic Success Plan (ASP) Program are considered admitted in provisional status and may be suspended at the end of the first semester if they do not achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
     
  5. ACT or SAT test results
    ​RMCAD does not require but accepts the submission of ACT or SAT scores for undergraduate U.S. applicants.
     
  6. Portfolio
    Applicants to the BFA programs are encouraged to submit a statement of intent and a portfolio demonstrating the basic skills needed to succeed in art and design coursework. Students who fail to submit a portfolio of artistic work may not be eligible for scholarships. See the “Submitting a Portfolio ” section of this publication for further instructions. Applicants who do not have portfolio work should contact their Admissions Counselor.
     
  7. Interview with an Admissions Counselor
    An interview with an Admissions Counselor, either in person or by telephone, is required. Through the personal interview, applicants will gain a better understanding of the visual arts education at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. To arrange an interview time, please contact the Admissions Office at 800.888.2787 or admissions@rmcad.edu.

International Applicants - Undergraduate

International applicants for campus programs are persons who are not residents of the United States and who already have or will be applying for, a temporary U.S. student visa (F-1 visa). RMCAD only considers international applicants for admission to our campus-based programs who are degree seeking and plan to attend as a full-time student. RMCAD welcomes international students to apply to our online programs, however online students are not eligible to apply for a student visa.

All international students studying on an F1 student visa will be required to attend RMCAD full time during the spring and fall semesters. This means international students will be required to be enrolled full-time taking twelve credits each eight-week term during the fall and spring semesters. Students on an F1 student visa are entitled to a vacation term of one semester during the summer semester only, provided they intend to register for classes in the fall semester.

  1. Application for Admission
    Applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission and a $50 application fee. International applicants must provide their full legal name, birth date, and place of birth. When applying online, this information should be entered under the comments section of the online application, and a signature page requested from the Admissions Counselor. Online applications must be submitted through the RMCAD website at www.rmcad.edu.
     
  2. Transcripts
    Official transcripts for all courses completed at colleges outside of the United States must be submitted to an approved evaluation agency before transfer credit will be awarded by RMCAD. International applicants are required to submit official transcripts for translation and evaluation. Applicants must use a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) http://www.naces.org/members.html.

    Credentialed evaluation services prepare evaluation reports that identify the United States equivalents of education completed in other countries. Applicants should request a course-by-course evaluation for college/university studies. A general evaluation may be used for high school/secondary school transcripts. Applicants must submit official transcripts from each college attended to RMCAD’s Office of the Registrar (transcripts will not be forwarded to RMCAD) and must request that a copy of their evaluation be sent directly to RMCAD. Applicants are responsible for paying all fees incurred for evaluations. Evaluation turnaround time may be up to five weeks (or more), so early submission is recommended. Upon receipt of the evaluation, RMCAD’s Office of the Registrar will determine which credits will be accepted based on the guidelines outlined by policy. For more information about transcript evaluation agencies, contact the RMCAD Office of the Registrar at 303.754.6046 or registrar@rmcad.edu.

    International applicants must provide official transcripts as well as the official transfer credit evaluation and acceptable TOEFL scores or must provide proof of English language proficiency by way of successful completion of a college-level English Composition course, or ESL equivalent. Please note courses taken to demonstrate English proficiency must be approved by the academic department before TOEFL waiver and acceptance.

    International students with a cumulative GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted to the college. All transcripts submitted by students from previously attended schools become a part of their official record. RMCAD does not re-release official or unofficial transcripts earned from other institutions.
     
  3. Portfolio
    All international applicants to BFA programs must submit an artist statement and portfolio of visual work that demonstrates the basic skills needed to succeed in art and design coursework. Students who fail to submit a portfolio of artistic work may not be eligible for scholarships. See the “Submitting a Portfolio ” section in publication for further instructions. Applicants who do not have portfolio work should contact their Admissions Counselor.
     
  4. Interview with an Admissions Counselor
    An interview with an Admissions Counselor, either in person, by email, or by telephone, is required. Through the personal interview, applicants will gain a better understanding of the visual arts education at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to schedule an interview at 303.753.6046 or admissions@rmcad.edu.
     
  5. Official TOEFL Scores or Acceptable Equivalent
    Because English is the language of instruction at RMCAD, all students are required to be proficient in English. Non-U.S. resident students must submit proof of English proficiency by providing official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or other proof of English proficiency. TOEFL must reflect a minimum score of 213 on the computerized test, a score of 550 on the written test, a score of 75 on the internet-based test, a score of 6 on IELTS, or successful completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) course. Each situation is handled on a case-by-case basis.
     
  6. Official Financial Documents
    International applicants applying for admission to the College must submit an official bank statement verifying sufficient funds to cover the cost of attending RMCAD and living expenses for one year. Contact the Admissions Office for information on the current amount required.
     
  7. Immigration Documents
    Immigration documents will be issued once RMCAD has received all required documents and the applicant has been accepted. Once the College has accepted the applicant, they will be sent an I-20 form, which is needed to obtain a student visa. The I-20 form can be issued only to regular full-time students admitted into a degree program. International students transferring to RMCAD from another school in the United States should contact the Admissions Office immediately to determine eligibility to transfer. Immigration documents will only be issued to the applicant, RMCAD does not work with 3rd party sponsors or recruiters.

Graduate Admissions

To apply for graduate programs, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

U.S. Applicants

  1. Application for Admission
    Applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission and a $50 application fee. Applications must be completed online at www.rmcad.edu.
     
  2. Transcripts
    To apply for graduate programs, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts should be sent directly to RMCAD at transcripts@rmcad.edu. New students must submit official transcripts to be registered for classes. Students who do not provide official transcripts before their scheduled start date are eligible to change their start date one time to allow time for the submission of required official transcripts.

    All transcripts submitted by students from previously attended schools become a part of their official record. RMCAD does not re-release official or unofficial transcripts earned from other institutions. Students who have completed coursework at colleges outside the United States should ask their Admissions Counselor for more information about transfer credit evaluation.
     
  3. Statement of Purpose
    A statement of purpose is required. In 500-750 words, the applicant should concisely describe his or her academic and career goals and how those goals align with the mission of the program.
     
  4. Cumulative GPA
    All applicants for admissions to RMCAD’s graduate programs must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions to the GPA requirement can be made based on applicants’ other documents including CV/Resume, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, statement of purpose, and other documents the candidate would like to submit for review.
     
  5. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Test Scores
    The GRE and other standardized test scores are not required for admission. However, applicants may submit any material they wish to have reviewed in the admissions process, including test scores, letters of recommendation, or other documents attesting to the applicant’s academic goals.
     
  6. Professional Evidence
    All applicants for admission to RMCAD’s graduate programs must submit a professionally formatted resume or curriculum vitae. Students may select to submit letters of recommendation.

International Applicants - Graduate

International applicants are persons who are not residents of the United States. Credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations must be literal, not interpretive.

All international students studying on an F1 visa will be required to attend RMCAD full time during the spring and fall semesters if the students are registered as campus students. This means international students will be required to be enrolled full-time taking six credits each eight-week term during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students on an F1 visa are entitled to a vacation term of one semester during the summer semester only provided they intend to register for classes in the fall semester.

  1. Application for Admission for International Applicants

Applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission and a $50 application fee. International applicants must provide their full legal name, birth date, and place of birth. When applying online, this information should be entered under the comments section of the online application, and a signature page requested from the Admissions Counselor. Online applications may be submitted through the RMCAD website at www.rmcad.edu.

  1. International Transcripts

Official transcripts for all courses completed at colleges outside of the United States must be submitted to an approved evaluation agency before transfer credit will be awarded by RMCAD. International applicants are required to submit official transcripts for translation and evaluation. Applicants must use a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) http://www.naces.org/members.html.

Credentialed evaluation services prepare evaluation reports that identify the United States equivalents of education completed in other countries. Applicants should request a course-by-course evaluation for college/university studies. A general evaluation may be used for high school/secondary school transcripts. Applicants must submit official transcripts from each college attended to RMCAD’s Office of the Registrar (transcripts will not be forwarded to RMCAD) and must request that a copy of their evaluation be sent directly to RMCAD. Applicants are responsible for paying all fees incurred for evaluations. Evaluation turnaround time may be up to five weeks (or more), so early submission is recommended. Upon receipt of the evaluation, RMCAD’s Office of the Registrar will determine which credits will be accepted based on the guidelines outlined by policy. For more information about transcript evaluation agencies, contact the RMCAD Office of the Registrar at 303.754.6046 or registrar@rmcad.edu.

International applicants must provide official transcripts as well as the official transfer credit evaluation and acceptable TOEFL scores or must provide proof of English language proficiency by way of successful completion of a college-level English Composition course, or ESL equivalent. Please note courses taken to demonstrate English proficiency must be approved by the academic department before TOEFL waiver and acceptance. All transcripts submitted by students from previously attended schools become a part of their official record. RMCAD does not re-release official or unofficial transcripts earned from other institutions.

  1. Official TOEFL Scores or Acceptable Equivalent

Because English is the language of instruction at RMCAD, all students are required to be proficient in English. Non-US resident students must submit proof of English proficiency by providing official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or other proof of English proficiency. TOEFL must reflect a minimum score of 213 on the computerized test, a score of 550 on the written test, a score of 75 on the internet-based test, a score of 6 on IELTS, or successful completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) course. Each situation is handled on a case-by-case basis. The language requirement may be met based upon interviews with the faculty and staff if the student’s native language is English, or if the applicant has graduated from a high school in the U.S. or obtained a degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

  1. Official Financial Documents

International applicants applying for admission to the College, on campus, must submit an official bank statement verifying sufficient funds to cover the cost of attending RMCAD for one year. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office for information on the current amount required. Immigration documents will only be issued to the applicant, RMCAD does not work with 3rd party sponsors or recruiters.

  1. Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose is required. In 500-750 words, the applicant should concisely describe his or her academic and career goals and how those goals align with the mission of their specific degree program.

  1. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Test Scores​

The GRE and other standardized test scores are not required for admission. However, applicants may submit any material they wish to be reviewed in the admissions process, including test scores, letters of recommendation, or other documents attesting to the applicant’s academic goals.

  1. Professional Evidence

All applicants for admission to RMCAD’s graduate programs must submit a professionally formatted resume or curriculum vitae. Students may select to submit letters of recommendation.

 

High School Programs

High School Programs are designed specifically for high school students who are serious about art and design and want to build on their existing skills. Programs include workshops offered throughout the year.

Current course offerings can be found by visiting www.rmcad.edu, or by calling 800.888.ARTS.

High School Dual Enrollment Program

RMCAD offers the opportunity for exceptional junior and senior high school students to enroll for college credit while still completing their high school degree. Dual Enrollment credit awards for courses taken at RMCAD may be used to satisfy high school subject or credit requirements, as determined by the student’s high school. Dual Enrollment students may take online courses and register for one class in an 8-week term and up to six credits per semester for a total of 12 credits in a calendar year (fall through end of summer). Financial Aid is not available and cannot be used to cover the cost of attendance, books, or supplies, although students may receive financial support from their high school. Dual enrolled students will automatically be accepted to RMCAD upon meeting the college’s admissions requirements. College credit is awarded for Dual Enrollment and will apply towards degree requirements at RMCAD.

The College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is in good standing. The HLC sets high educational standards that the College abides by, including those that govern dual enrollment programs. Regional accreditation increases the likelihood that classes completed at RMCAD as part of Dual Enrollment will transfer to another college or university; however, acceptance of transfer credits is the sole discretion of the receiving institution and RMCAD cannot guarantee that credits will transfer to other institutions of higher education.

Students enrolling in Dual Enrollment courses must meet the course prerequisites when required.

Designated Dual Enrollment Courses are listed below. Additional courses may be considered for Dual Enrollment with Program Department Chair approval.

The Dual Enrollment program has been designed to enable current applicants to take one class for credit while the student is gathering the necessary documents required for official acceptance at RMCAD. Course tuition is not eligible for financial aid and must be paid for directly by the student.

  • Student must continue to work on enrollment documents for their degree program while attending the course
  • Student must have an active application on file for a future term and pay the tuition of $450 per class.
  • Student is responsible for obtaining required book(s) and supplies

Contact RMCAD’s Admissions Department for more information at 800.888.2787 or admissions@rmcad.edu

Dual Enrollment Courses     

Dual Enrollment Requirements

Students must meet standard undergraduate and Dual Enrollment admissions requirements. Requirements are as follows:

  1. Application for Admission

Applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission and a $50 application fee. Applications must be completed online at www.rmcad.edu.

  1. Transcripts

​Official high school transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Department.

  1. Cumulative GPA

All applicants must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher to reflect ability to succeed in a college environment.

  1. Interview with an Admissions Counselor

An interview with an Admissions Counselor either in person or by telephone, is required. Through the personal interview, applicants will gain a better understanding of the visual arts education at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. To arrange an interview time, please contact the Admissions Office at 800.888.2787 or admissions@rmcad.edu.

  1. Parent/Guardian Consent

RMCAD requires parental or legal guardian consent to attend RMCAD for students under 18, as they may be working with nude models or subjected to works/lectures containing the nude body as artistic references.