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High School Students 

Jump-Start Your Future in Art.

If you're currently in high school and are serious about your art, talk to your parents about participating in our Chat with Chairs or Summer Pre-College Art Series. Led by professional artists and designers, many of whom are part of RMCAD’s esteemed faculty, these classes, discussions and camps are designed with your future in mind.

  • Get an early look at college life
  • Build your portfolio in preparation for applying to an art and design college
  • Learn how you can take your artwork to the next level
  • Meet other talented young artists from around the country

Summer Programs

RMCAD's Summer Programs provide an opportunity for upcoming high school students to pursue creative outlets during their summer months. We offer two summer program options. The first is a non-credit, weeklong intensive summer camp experience that is open to all high school students. The second is a four-week, pre-college, credit-bearing track for high school juniors and seniors.

Summer Art Camps
RMCAD’s Summer Camp provides weeklong, non-credit classes in different art topics. Summer Camp offers two sessions, held from 9:00am-4:00pm daily. 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 of their art education, including those who will start their freshman year of college in Fall 2015.

Session 1: June 15-June 19

  • Commercial Photography
  • Character Design: Illustration
  • Portfolio Development
  • Graphic Design

Session 2: July 13-July 17

  • Advanced Character Design
  • Intersecting Arts: Fashion, Design and Photography

Pre-College Courses: July 6-July 31
Our Pre-College series includes four-week intensive courses. Students will earn three credits for each course they choose while experiencing college life. This option is only available for high school juniors and seniors and recent high school graduates who are interested in transferring to RMCAD.

These experience-based courses are a great way to explore the RMCAD campus. By participating in the evening activities schedule, Pre-College students can also visit some of Denver’s top destinations, including Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Denver Art Museum

Pre-College students must meet all standard undergraduate admissions requirements. Applicants must submit an application, transcripts that include a cumulative GPA, an essay, and a portfolio of 3-5 pieces. An in-person or telephone interview with an admissions counselor is also required.

The 2015 Pre-College Program runs from July 6-July 31 and includes the following course options:

  • PCAN 1110: Intro to Animated Storytelling
  • PCCP 1110: Fundamentals of Digital Photography
  • PCFS 1310: Construction I (Fashion)
  • PCGD 1510: Rapid Visualization + Prototyping
  • PCFD 1010: 2D Design
  • PCFAC 1150: Intro to Ceramics
  • PCIL 1020: Mastering the Pencil
  • PCID 1510: Survey of Interior Design

Destination Package
Students can opt to include the Destination Package and stay at The Regency student housing. This package includes housing costs, all meals, program transportation, and all afternoon and weekend activities. Please visit The Regency's website if you would like to view the dorm amenities.

If you would like additional information regarding dates, housing and tuition, please email

Registration for the 2015 Summer Programs has closed. Check back here for information about our 2016 offerings.

Dual Enrollment

Earn high school + college credit online through RMCAD’s Dual Enrollment Program.

If you’re a high school student who wants to get more from your classes, consider getting an early start on college with RMCAD’s Dual Enrollment Program. At RMCAD, we work hard to build successful pathways for creative students. Our community is pleased to offer a program that bridges the gap for the creative mind.

The RMCAD Dual Enrollment Program was created to allow high school Juniors and Seniors to begin their college experience online, while still attending high school. Students can complete up to 18 credit hours through this program. Thanks to RMCAD's prestigious accreditation, the credits earned will follow students into their college careers at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, or other NASAD and HLC-accredited schools.

In order to be eligible for Dual Enrollment, a student must:

  • Be Enrolled in a partner high school
  • Be a Junior or Senior
  • Conduct Interview with an Outreach Ambassador
  • Provide two letters of recommendation, one from an Art Educator and one from a Guidance Counselor
  • Have proof of Attendance Records for review
*All Admissions decisions are holistic and dependent upon a portfolio essay or review

The following courses will be offered during the 2014-2015 Dual Enrollment Program:

  • Mathematics
  • Humanities I
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Art and Design I
  • Digital Image Making
  • Drawing I
  • Life Drawing I
  • Visual Design I


Can I transfer the credits I earn during dual enrollment?
Transferability of credit is always up to the accepting institution, however, RMCAD will accept the credits from any courses taken through the Concurrent Enrollment Program or Pre-College Program.

Will I get high school credit for the courses I take in the Dual Enrollment program?
Yes, if you complete the course with a D+ or higher, and the course has been approved by your high school, you will earn both high school and RMCAD credit for the course.

Are all of the Dual Enrollment courses offered online?
Yes, Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered online. However, interested students can earn credit on-campus through our summer Pre-College Program.

How much does it cost?
Tuition is dependent upon the agreement with the partner high school, but is typically handled by RMCAD and the partner school. Each agreement is different.

What if my high school isn't a partner with RMCAD?
RMCAD has worked hard to partner with many high schools and community colleges and welcomes the opportunity to expand its partner schools. Speak to your high school Guidance Counselor or Community College Advisor, or reach out to a member of the RMCAD Outreach team at