Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 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 course descriptions within this catalog and 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 presentation designed to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or 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 + 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.