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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Program Outcomes

Students are informed of institutional level outcomes, program level outcomes and course level outcomes in the following ways:

  • Institutional Outcomes are published below
  • Program Outcomes are published in the Academic Catalog within each program section
  • Course Outcomes are published in each course syllabus

Institutional Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes are Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s overarching goals and competencies, which include: cultural competence, communication competence, design competence, and critical thinking. RMCAD’s Institutional, Programmatic, and Course-level Learning Outcomes are determined by the Program Review and Assessment Committee, the faculty, and the Program Department Chairs. The Curriculum Committee provides the final approval for all Learning Outcomes.

Cultural Competence:
Cultural competence includes fostering collaboration in a diverse community, integrating ideas sensitive to cultural foundations and a global context, contextualizing knowledge to stimulate awareness of ethics and diverse viewpoints, and incorporating sustainable practices.

Communication Competence:
Communication is a prepared, purposeful written or oral presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’, viewers, and/or participants’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

Design Competence:
Design Competence is the application of technology, tools, and skills as they relate to art and design. It includes the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use technology, tools, and skills for sustainable practice.

Critical Thinking:
Critical thinking is a practice characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. It includes the ability to challenge assumptions, contextualize information, identify problems, and conceptualize responses.

(Note: “Diverse” means both cultural and intellectual diversity.)

Program Learning Outcomes

Program outcomes represent broad statements that incorporate many areas of interrelated knowledge and skills developed over the duration of the program through a wide range of courses and experiences. They represent the big picture, describe broad aspects of behavior, and encompass multiple learning experiences. The program learning outcomes are published in the catalog under the Program Degrees.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course learning outcomes are the broad objectives reached at the conclusion of a course or term-level class. These are published on the course syllabus.

Assessment, End-of-Course Evaluations, + Student Satisfaction Surveys

The Program Review and Assessment Committee oversees all learning outcome assessment activities and Academic Program Review (see the Academic Affairs Handbook for more information).

All students are encouraged to complete End-of-Course Surveys. Enrolled students receive invitations to course evaluations through their rmcad.edu e-mail accounts. Evaluations are anonymous.

RMCAD periodically administers Student Satisfaction Surveys and encourages all students to participate in these evaluation activities when they occur.

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, and art camps during the summer months. High school students looking for intensive week-long art and design programs can register for these summer camps.

Current course offerings can be found by visiting www.rmcad.edu and clicking on High School Programs, 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 an academic year. 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 pre-enrollment fee of $450
  • 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 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 can be completed online at www.rmcad.edu. A paper copy of the application can be printed from our website. Mail the completed application to the Admissions Department at 1600 Pierce Street, Denver, Colorado, 80214
  2. Transcripts
    ​Official high school transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Department.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Summer Art Camps

RMCAD’s Summer Art Camps provide week-long, non-credit classes in a variety of topics. Participants can sample majors, expand their artistic skills, develop their portfolio and get a taste of what college life can be like for a serious art student. Summer Camp courses are available to high school students at any level in their art education, including those who will start their freshman year in the fall. Visit the High School Programs page at RMCAD.edu (under Now at RMCAD) to see current offerings and find more information about tuition and scholarships. Contact hsprograms@rmcad.edu for individual questions and requests.