Apr 20, 2024  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registration



Adding/Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course

Students must have the approval of their Student Advisor and their Academic Program Chair and submit the Add/Drop Form to the Office of the Registrar to be officially dropped from a course. Add/Drop deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar section of this Catalog, and must be received by 11:59 PM MT on the day of the drop deadline or the course change will be processed as a “Withdrawal.”

Withdrawals are only accepted before the published deadline of the term (see the Academic Calendar ); they are considered non-punitive and are not computed into the grade point average.

Credit Overload Policy

Undergraduate

Registration for more than 18 credit hours, whether online or on-campus, in a 16-week semester is not permitted. The recommended maximum credit load for a full-time student is 12 - 15 credit hours. Overloads are discouraged, except in exceptional circumstances.

Students wishing to request a credit hour overload must have completed 30 or more credit hours at RMCAD, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and petition the Department Chair and the Dean of Students. Students will be asked to present evidence of academic preparation and demonstrate the ability to meet course load obligations. Final authorization of any credit load is subject to Department Chair and Deans’ approval.

Graduate

The recommended maximum credit load for a full-time graduate student is 12 credit hours per semester. Overloads are discouraged, except in exceptional circumstances. Students will be asked to present evidence of academic preparation and demonstrate the ability to meet course load obligations. Final authorization of any credit load is subject to Department Chair and Deans’ approval.

Change of Major

Some first-year course offerings are the same for all RMCAD programs. A change of major is only possible between the start of one financial aid academic year and the beginning of another. Completing the new major may take longer than the original program chosen, as many courses are not common across majors. Courses completed that are not included in the new major cannot be credited toward that degree. Some courses may be used to fulfill the elective requirements. In order to change their major, students must meet with their current Department Chair and their new Chair. Both Department Chairs will sign the Change of Major form, and the student then submits the form to the Office of the Registrar. A change in major may result in a change of Catalog year and estimated graduation date. A student who changes his/her major is subject to the program requirements as specified in the catalog that is in place at the time the transfer is performed starting with their new financial aid academic year in the new program. The Change of Major Form is available from the Office of the Registrar.

Undeclared Policy

Undeclared Students must declare a major by the end of their first academic year, or two semesters, and prior to earning 30 credits. Earned credit hours include those from RMCAD as well as all applied transfer credit from other institutions and college credit received in high school such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate. Undeclared students in the BFA track may take a maximum of six studio electives which must be approved by the manager of advising and a combination of liberal arts and foundations courses. It is recommended that elective credits pertain to students’ major(s) of interest. Credits earned are not guaranteed to apply to the student’s declared major. A registration hold will remain on the student enrollment record until a major has been applied to the student’s permanent record. Change of major policies will apply for declaring a major.

Elective Credit Hours

Students in program majors will be given registration priority in major coursework. Undeclared students or declared students enrolling in courses outside of their major are not guaranteed enrollment in elective courses.

Enrollment Status

Undergraduate

Full-time enrollment at RMCAD is defined as being registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours in a 16-week semester. Students registered for 6-11 credit hours in a 16-week semester are considered half-time. Students registered for 1-5 credits are considered less than half-time.

Graduate

Full-time enrollment for graduate students at RMCAD is defined as being registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours in a semester.

Continuous Enrollment

RMCAD students in all undergraduate and graduate programs for either campus or online must maintain enrollment totaling 6 credit hours (or more) over three consecutive semester periods (including summers). Students are required to be registered for and attending at least one 3-credit course each 8 weeks for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters of each calendar year. RMCAD does not encourage students to take time off from their studies, but we do realize that personal issues may arise that require the student to take time off. Please refer to the “Unofficial Course and College Withdrawal ” section.

Students should consult both their Student Advisor and financial aid for implications of the withdrawal as well as reinstatement information.

Please note that part-time enrollment or taking time off may affect financial aid and/or scholarship eligibility. Renewal of most scholarships and grants requires that students must be consecutively enrolled as a full-time student in every semester (i.e., take 12 credits per semester, 6 credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take 3 credits per eight-week term, 6 credits per semester). Please see the “SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS ” section for more information.

Interruption of Training Flex

A student ending a Flex A or Flex B academic year will automatically be placed into an IOT status. At that time, the student will be required to complete the IOT form, which will list the return date. Students are required to complete the form with a Student Advisor, which must include the following information: the Flex start the student is ending, and the date the student will return. All IOT Flex students will be contacted from a Financial Aid adviser for repackaging 7-8 week prior to the scheduled return date. Students who fail to return from IOT after a semester off will be automatically withdrawn from the college and required to go through the Advising re-entry process. Any student coming back from an IOT Flex who has an account balance will be required to meet with Student Accounts prior to getting packaging established for the next academic year.

Interruption of Training For Active Military Students

In an effort to support our students who are members of the armed forces, RMCAD will allow active military personnel one additional IOT period during a 12-month period. The combined IOT periods cannot exceed 120 days within a 12-month period.

Return from Interruption of Training

Students must contact a Student Advisor at least 2 weeks prior to returning from their IOT to confirm their return. A Return from IOT form will be initiated by the Student Advisor, and the student must be cleared by all departments before the student can register for upcoming classes.

Independent Study

Undergraduate Independent Study courses are intended to give upper-level exceptional students an opportunity for individualized and specialized study in an area of art or design not offered in the regular curriculum. The purpose is to explore an area of personal interest related to a student’s major field of study, wherein the teaching and learning occur outside of a formal classroom setting. A junior or senior-level student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may petition to take one three-credit Independent Study course as part of the degree program. The Independent Study Proposal Form must be accompanied by a syllabus created by the instructor and student, including a course description, calendar, rationale, goals, and objectives. The course number for all Independent Study courses is 3990; and the prefix reflects the program of study under which the course is instructed (e.g., AN 3990, FA 3990).

Internships in Undergraduate Degree Programs

Internships for Academic Credit

Undergraduate students may earn academic credit for internship participation with enrollment in an internship course as part of their designated degree program requirement or elective credit. Students must meet the eligibility requirements and complete an Internship Learning Agreement. The Internship Learning Agreement outlines the details of the students proposed internship, sponsorship guidelines, start and end dates, hours of work requirements toward earning academic credit, and learning objectives. Students must obtain the Internship Learning Agreement packet from the Office of Career + Alumni Services and complete an Internship Information seminar.

Internship Eligibility and Process

Students are eligible to participate in an internship for academic credit upon approval of their program chair, completion of the Internship Information seminar, and completion of the required Internship Learning Agreement Documentation. (Please see individual degree program internship course requirements) Internship Information seminars are conducted by the Office of Career + Alumni Services and are offered several times throughout the year and by appointment. Students should seek assistance from their Student Advisor as to ensure the appropriate sequence of the internship course within their schedule.

Students must locate an internship site/sponsor that meets the requirements and guidelines identified in the Internship Learning Agreement. Assistance in locating a site/sponsor can be obtained through Career + Alumni Services, Academic Program Chairs/Heads, and faculty. Once a site/sponsor is identified and the Internship Learning Agreement has been completed, the document is then submitted to Career + Alumni Services to be processed and finally submitted to the Office of the Registrar. (add/drop deadlines apply) Student must log 135 hours to earn 3 credits. Internship hours must start in the term in which the student is registered and any hours logged prior to the term start cannot be applied. If a student if officially registered prior to the start date of the term, and the internship site/sponsor designates a start date that occurs after the start of term, it is the responsibility of the student and site sponsor to make arrangements to ensure hours logged start in the term in which the internship is scheduled and completed within the agreed upon time frame stated in the Internship Learning Agreement. Internships that occurred without notification and adherence to the course approval process cannot be retroactively applied toward earning academic credit for the internship course requirement or elective.

International Eligibility

Students attending RMCAD on an F-1 visa must receive school authorization for all off campus work through curricular practical training (CPT). The CPT can be obtained through the Enrollment and International Student Department.

Internships for Professional Experience- Non-Credit Option

Participation in an Internship for Professional Experience- non-credit option allows for a student to participate in an internship where the site/sponsor requires the college approval or confirmation of student enrollment status in the institution or degree program, but does not require the student to obtain academic credit. Internships for Professional Experience- Zero credit are not overseen by the college due to the fact the student is not seeking academic credit, however the internship can be officially recognized by the college and recorded with notation on their transcript upon student request and successful completion of the internship.

Merging + Changing Classes

On occasion it may be necessary for the College, without prior notice to students, to merge sections of the same class; to cancel classes before they commence; to replace instructors; to change program requirements or class sequence; to modify course content and/or descriptions; or to change the classes required for graduation. The College will make every effort to contact students well in advance of such changes so they are able to make any necessary alternative arrangements.

Planning a Schedule + Registering

RMCAD is a year-round institution of higher education and offers classes during three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Students register annually for a complete year, and it is recommended that students complete a minimum of 30 credits per year (36 credits per year enables students to graduate in less than 4 years). The process for annual registration is listed below:

Students work with their Student Advisor to develop a schedule up until degree completion.

Degree Sequences

Degree sequence and course prerequisites must be followed; advanced courses may not be taken until acceptable skill levels are achieved. Failed courses should be repeated the next time the course is available. Students seeking to substitute a course not in their catalog year must have an approved Course Substitution form available in the Student Advising office.

Scheduling Over 18 Credit Hours

Undergraduate students requesting to register for more than 18 credit hours must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA and obtain written permission from their Department Chair and the Dean of Students. Graduate students requesting to register for more than six credit hours in any eight- week sessions must possess a 3.0 GPA, and must obtain written permission from the department Chair and the Dean of Students. The Registrar’s Office processes the registration and notifies the student accordingly.

Registration + Financial Aid

Following class registration, students must contact the Director of Financial Aid to complete financial aid paperwork. Balances not covered by financial aid must be paid in full by the first day of the month prior to the beginning of the term. Student account bills are mailed on a regular basis and individual student accounts are viewable online through the student portal. Students are responsible for reviewing account information and reporting any discrepancies to their Student or Financial Aid Advisor and the Registrar’s Office.

Audit Students

A student who wishes to audit a course should contact the Office of the Registrar. Audit students are charged the standard credit hour rate for a course (see the Financial Services/Tuition  portion of this catalog for exact amounts). Auditors taking no other classes with RMCAD must meet the same academic requirements as students registering for credit. Financial aid is not available for audited courses.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements

All full-time and part-time students are expected to meet minimum standards of progress determined on the basis of cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA) and Completion Rate (CR). Undergraduate students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 by the end of the first semester and for the duration of their degree program. All Art Education majors must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 by the end of their first semester and for the duration of the Art Education degree program.

All full-time and part-time graduate students are expected to meet minimum standards of progress determined on the basis of CUM GPA. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the end of their first semester and a 3.0 for the duration of their degree.

All full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students are expected to meet the minimum CR of 67% by the end of each semester and throughout their program.

Guidelines

  • All RMCAD credit hours attempted and earned are counted in the evaluation of SAP.
  • All transferable credits are counted as credit earned and attempted will count towards CR but not in the cumulative GPA calculation.
  • Incomplete grades in courses will count as credits attempted but not earned until the final grade has been posted, at which point SAP will be re-calculated for CR and cumulative GPA with the final grade.
  • Course withdrawals (grades of W) count as credits attempted but not earned, and counts towards CR but not toward cumulative GPA.
  • For students who change degree programs, all credits attempted and earned, regardless of program, count in CR and cumulative GPA.

Failure to Meet SAP Requirements for Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements are reviewed on a semester basis, regardless of the number of credit hours attempted during the term.

Academic Warning

Student progress is monitored at the end of each semester. Undergraduate students who do not attain the cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (2.5 for Art Education majors) and completion rate of 67% or greater at the end of the semester are placed on academic warning for the following semester. Graduate students who do not attain the a completion rate of 67% or greater and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for their first semester, and 3.0 for the duration of their degree, are placed on academic warning for the following semester. Students are notified of academic warning in writing.

Academic Probation

Student progress is monitored at the end of each semester. Undergraduate students who do not attain the cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (2.5 for Art Education majors) and completion rate of 67% or greater at the end of the semester are placed on academic probation for the following semester. Graduate students who do not attain the a completion rate of 67% or greater and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for their first semester, and 3.0 for the duration of their degree, are placed on academic probation for the following semester. Students are notified of academic probation in writing.

Students who are on academic probation may not apply for an “Incomplete” grade in any course during the probationary period. Art Education departmental probation is handled in the same manner as students placed on institutional academic probation. Students will be given one semester to raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.5. Should the student fail to achieve a 2.5 cumulative GPA, they will not be required to leave the college but may choose to declare another major instead. Student will be required to complete an academic success plan with their Student Advisor and participate in tutoring sessions with our Student Learning Center (SLC).

Academic Suspension

For undergraduate students, the minimum required grade point average of 2.0 and completion rate of 67% or better must be achieved by the end of the semester in which the student is placed on suspension, resulting with the student being suspended from the college for a 16-week semester. For graduate students, the minimum required grade point average of 3.0 and completion rate of 67% or better must be achieved by the end of the semester in which the student is placed on academic suspension and the student will be suspended from the college for a 16-week semester. Students are notified of academic suspension in writing.

Academic Suspension Appeals

Students may appeal academic suspensions. Students must submit the appeal to the Registrar including all relevant documentation/evidence as applicable or requested by the Registrar within one week of notification of the suspension. Students who appeal by this deadline will be permitted to attend class while the appeal is under review. In cases where the appeal is denied, the student will be administratively dropped from all classes. No charges will be assessed and no grades assigned. Upon denial of appeal, the terms of suspension stated in the original notice will apply.

Academic Probation + Suspension for ASP Students

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Academic Success Plan (ASP) program who do not attain the cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of the semester are placed on academic suspension for the following semester. Students are notified of academic probation in writing.

Readmittance Following Suspension

Upon readmittance to RMCAD after academic suspension, the student will remain on academic probation for a semester.

Students who do not meet the standards designated during this second probationary term will be suspended for another semester, and must submit a petition to continue enrollment to the Registrar. The petition must be received 30 days before the start of the semester in which the student wants to enroll. Petitions will be decided on a case-by-case basis by, and at the discretion of, the Registrar and the Dean of Students.

Transcripts + Diplomas

Transcripts and Diploma are kept as permanent student records and may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office by request. Students request transcripts via the National Student Clearinghouse. The website is located at www.rmcad.edu, under “Request Transcript.” If a current or past student account is on hold for any reason, or if a current or past student’s federal student loan is in default, official transcripts and/or diploma will not be issued. Six to eight weeks are required for processing for recent graduates.

The official transcript is signed by the Registrar’s Office and is provided in a sealed envelope. It is generally the only type of transcript acceptable for the transfer of credit. The fee for an official transcript is located at www.getmytranscript.org, and is regulated by the National Student Clearinghouse.

Transfer Credit

Transferability of RMCAD Credits

Decisions concerning the acceptance of credits by any institution other than the granting institution are made at the sole discretion of the receiving institution. No representation is made whatsoever concerning the transferability of any credits to any institution.

Students considering continuing their education at, or transferring to, other institutions must not assume that credits earned at this College will be automatically accepted by any receiving institution. An institution’s accreditation does not guarantee that credits earned at that institution will be accepted for transfer by any other institution. Students must contact the Registrar or appropriate department of the receiving institution to determine what credits, if any, that institution will accept.

Undergraduate Transfer Credit Evaluation

Applicants must arrange to have copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended sent to the Registrar’s Department. Official transcripts for courses completed at colleges outside of the 50 United States must be submitted to the College and to an approved evaluation agency before transfer credit will be evaluated by RMCAD (refer to the International Transcript Evaluation  section of this Catalog). Credit may not be awarded at a later date from colleges not listed on the application.

Students enrolled as Non-Degree Seeking are not eligible to receive transfer credit.

Students must earn a minimum of 123 – 125 (depending on the program of study) credit hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree. Up to 60 credits can be earned from external sources, including transfer credit, Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, IB, and credit given through a portfolio review. The last thirty credits must be earned in residency at RMCAD.

No transfer credit is accepted for the final term of study. Grades for external credit are not calculated into the RMCAD cumulative grade point average. External credit is good for the catalog year for which credits were evaluated. Students who defer their start date to a new catalog are subject to reevaluation at that time. Official college transcripts are required, as well as a portfolio reflecting the prospective student’s highest college-level studio work (if applicable). RMCAD has access to an extensive library of course catalogs and course descriptions from most schools across the nation and we will attempt to locate course descriptions for prior courses in order to determine course equivalency. It is helpful, however, for prospective students to submit course descriptions for prior coursework whenever possible, as it is ultimately a student’s responsibility to provide information as it relates to prior schooling.

Courses are considered for transfer credit based on the following:

  • Accreditation of the Sending Institution
  • Credits may be considered for transfer if they were earned at an institution accredited by any of the six regional accrediting associations, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), or by the National Association of Schools of Art + Design (NASAD). Credits from schools not regionally accredited are not accepted, but might be eligible for portfolio-based transfer credits.

Antiquity Policy

There are no antiquity limitations on courses that are deemed equivalent to lower division (1000 or 2000 level) RMCAD art and design courses. Digital media and other computer- or technology-based courses are considered for transfer provided they were completed within the last two years prior to the date of matriculation. Courses that are deemed equivalent to upper division (3000 or 4000 level) RMCAD credits must have been completed within the last five years prior to the date of matriculation. Once the five-year period has lapsed, credit is contingent upon the evaluation of the Department Chair to determine if the course satisfactorily meets current standards and practices in the discipline. These requirements apply to the transfer of art and design courses only; they do not apply to Liberal Arts courses.

Appeal Process for Credit Or Transcript Evaluation

Students who wish to formally appeal for additional external credit must complete an appeal form that is obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Appeals must be submitted by the end of the first 8-week term of study. Students must submit a portfolio demonstrating the required outcomes for each class for which they petition. Department Chairs provide the outcomes and review, and their decision is final. More information is available through the Office of the Registrar.

Appropriateness+ Applicability of Courses

Course equivalency is determined by a combination of course description review and portfolio review, depending on the nature of the course and how it compares to similar courses offered at RMCAD. Only courses with grades of “B” or better are accepted.

Art History Study Abroad Transfer Credits

Art History credits may be considered for transfer if they are earned through study abroad programs offered by accredited institutions. The Liberal Arts Chair will individually evaluate these credits. AH prerequisites apply.

Articulation Agreements

Contact the Office of the Registrar for information on specific transfer and articulation agreements.

Comparability of Credit To Be Transferred

Credits at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design are semester credits. A student coming from a college on the quarter system will receive two-thirds of a term credit for every quarter credit.

Continuing Students Seeking Transfer Credit

Current RMCAD students seeking transfer credit while attending RMCAD must obtain written approval from the Registrar prior to registering at the other institution. Students must submit official transcripts with final grades from that institution to the RMCAD Registrar’s Office immediately upon completion of the course(s). Official transcripts are due by the end of the first 8-week term.

Prior Degrees

Students who have a prior Associate of Arts, Bachelor’s Degree or Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in like majors in the visual arts from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States will be granted up to 33 credits of Liberal Arts satisfying this requirement for BFAs in Animation, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography and up to 30 credits for Art Education and Interior Design. Art History courses are evaluated separately.

All foundations and major courses will be evaluated based on course equivalency. Associate of Science or other degrees not specified here, as well as degrees from schools outside the U.S. are evaluated based on individual course equivalency. Art Education, Game Art and Interior Design majors have up to 3 major specific Liberal Arts requirements that may not be satisfied by the prior degree policy. This prior degree policy applies to Art Education majors only after all state requirements are met. No more than a total of 60 semester credit hours may be transferred toward a BFA at RMCAD with an awarded Bachelor’s degree in comparable field of study.

Prior Learning Assessment

Evaluation of Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Advanced Placement gives students the chance to complete college- level work in high school, and to gain valuable skills and study habits for college. Students who earn a minimum qualifying grade of four on selected AP Exams are granted credit for selected RMCAD courses. AP Grade Reports (transcripts) include grades for all AP Exams taken. In order to evaluate and award credit, RMCAD requires a copy of the grade report no later than 30 days prior to the start of the term in which the student matriculates. Prospective students should contact The College Board or visit their website at www.collegeboard.org for procedures for requesting AP transcripts.

Evaluation of College-Level Examination Program (Clep) Credit

The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college- level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. RMCAD grants credit for CLEP exams that meet the minimum qualifying score of 50 and are comparable to RMCAD course requirements. RMCAD requires a copy of the CLEP transcript in order to evaluate and award credit. Contact The College Board or visit their website at www.collegeboard.org for procedures for requesting CLEP transcripts.

Experiential Credit

The College does not provide credit for experiential learning.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

The International Baccalaureate is a comprehensive course of study for academically talented high school students in select high schools throughout the world. Decisions for or against awarding credit are based on individual scores on selected exams that have been determined to be comparable to RMCAD courses and degree requirements. In order to evaluate and award credit, RMCAD requires the official transcript no later than 30 days prior to the start of term in which the student matriculates. Transcripts must be requested in writing (by mail, fax or email). Be sure to use the full name under which you originally registered, provide your seven-digit IB candidate code, give the name of the IB high school you attended, and include your month and year of graduation and your date of birth. For more information, contact: International Baccalaureate North America, 475 Riverside Drive, 16th Floor, New York, NY, 10115. Phone: 212.696.4464, Fax: 212.889.9242, Email: ibna@ibo.org.

Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation

Applicants must arrange to have copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended sent to the Graduate Admissions Department. Official transcripts for courses completed at colleges outside of the United States must be submitted to the College and to an approved evaluation agency before transfer credit will be evaluated by RMCAD (refer to the International Transcript Evaluation  section of this catalog. A student who does not list all colleges attended on their application may have their admission rescinded. Credit will be considered for courses in- progress at another institution so that students may be notified of potential transfer credit. In these cases, an official transcript documenting enrollment is required. Credit may not be awarded at a later date from colleges not listed on the application.

Credits may be considered for transfer if they were earned at an institution accredited by any of the six regional accrediting associations or by the National Association of Schools of Art + Design (NASAD).

Credits from schools accredited by other national associations are not generally accepted, but may be eligible for portfolio-based transfer credits. Students must petition for transfer of credits from nationally accredited institutions by submitting a portfolio for each class for which they petition. The portfolio must support the course outcomes and skills learned in the particular course. The Department Chair provides the outcomes to the student. Department Chairs review the request, and their decision is final.

For all graduate programs, credit may be transferred in with the approval of the Department Chair. Transfer credit is not guaranteed. Each case is assessed individually, and based on a combination of factors including course equivalency. Course equivalency is determined by a combination of course description review and portfolio review, depending on the nature of the course and how it compares to similar courses offered at RMCAD. RMCAD has access to an extensive library of course catalogs and course descriptions from most schools across the nation and we will attempt to locate course descriptions for prior courses in order to determine course equivalency. It is helpful, however, for prospective students to submit course descriptions for prior coursework whenever possible, as it is ultimately a student’s responsibility to provide information as it relates to prior schooling. For courses eligible for transfer, a B or better must have been earned, and the course(s) grade will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average.

RMCAD Antiquity Policy

Digital media and other computer- or technology-based courses that are deemed equivalent to RMCAD graduate courses must have been completed within the last two years prior to the date of matriculation.

Once the five-year period has lapsed, credit is contingent upon the evaluation of the Department Chair to determine if the course satisfactorily meets current standards and practices in the discipline.

Graduate students must earn a minimum of 33 credit hours in order to receive the MA (refer to specific degree requirements). No more than 6 credits may be transferred to apply to a Masters level degree. For some programs, a portfolio reflecting the prospective student’s highest college-level work may be applicable.

Portfolio Credit

Portfolio credit equivalencies at the graduate level are determined by the Department Chair.

Returning Students Who Have Prior Transfer Credit

Returning students who have not attended RMCAD for over one year (three consecutive terms) must initiate their return through the Graduate Admissions Office. The RMCAD catalog that is in place during the term the student returns indicates degree requirements. Therefore, returning students who have prior transfer credit may be required to have their transfer credit reevaluated prior to re-enrolling. This is true particularly if students are declaring a different major.

Credit to be evaluated includes credits taken before initial acceptance to RMCAD and any credits taken since last attending RMCAD. Returning students who have attended RMCAD within the last year may re-enroll through the Office of the Registrar, and external credit will not be reevaluated.

Withdrawing from RMCAD

Students withdrawing from RMCAD must obtain a form from the Office of the Registrar. The withdrawal form requires signatures from the Student Accounts Office, Financial Aid and Student Advisor, the Department Chair, and the Registrar. No exception may be made to this policy.

If a refund is due to a student who has withdrawn from RMCAD, as determined by the Student Accounts Office according to RMCAD refund policy, the refund will be mailed within 30 days of the student’s completion of the formal college withdrawal process.