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High School Students 

Jump-Start Your Future in Art.

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 that include workshops are offered throughout the year and art camps during the summer months. Through year-round programs, you can access our talented faculty, experience college life, and prepare for your creative future.


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

RMCAD is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 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.

Dual Enrollment Courses include:

  • Animation:
  • AN 1110 Introduction to Animated Storytelling
  • Business for the Creative Industries
  • BCI 1100 Introduction to the Creative Industries
  • Commercial Photography
  • CP 1111 Digital Photography I
  • Communications Design
  • FD 1020 2D Design: Elements + Principles and PCFD 1030 Design Lab
  • Fashion Design
  • FS 1310 Construction I
  • Fine Arts
  • ART 1110 Ceramics I
  • ART 1140 Painting I
  • ART 1150 Photography + Video I ART 1160 Printmaking I
  • ART 1170 Sculpture I
  • Foundations
  • FD 1020 2D Design: Elements + Principles and PCFD 1030 Design Lab FD 1275 Drawing I
  • Game Art
  • AN 1110 Introduction to Animated Storytelling
  • Illustration
  • IL 1020 Mastering the Pencil
  • Interior Design
  • ID1510 Survey of Interior Design
  • Liberal Arts
  • AH 1000 Introduction to Art + Visual Design EN 1110 Composition I
  • HU 1120 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HU 1130 Introduction to World Religions HU 1140 History of American Capitalism HU 2210 Western Civilization I
  • HU 2211 Western Civilization II
  • MA 1010 Animation Mathematics
  • MA 1205 College Algebra
  • MA 1215 Applied Mathematics
  • MA 1220 Financial Principles + Practices MA 1230 Introduction to Statistics
  • NS 2020 Physical Geology
  • NS 2030 Biology
  • NS 2040 Environmental Studies
  • NS 3050 Human Ecology
  • NS 3060 Geography
  • SBS 1110 Introduction to Anthropology SBS 1120 Introduction to Economics
  • SBS 1130 Introduction to Political Science SBS 1140 Introduction to Psychology SBS 1150 Introduction to Sociology

Pre-College courses follow the same policies, procedures, deadlines, calendars, etc. as the BFA courses. Pre-College courses can be applied toward a degree program. Prerequisite requirements apply. Students may seek an Exception to Policy from the Program Department Chair. This form is available through the Registrar’s Office. Courses may not be available due to scheduling changes. Pre-College courses follow the same policies, procedures, deadlines, calendars, etc. as the BFA courses. Pre-College courses can be applied toward a degree program.

Students must meet standard undergraduate admissions requirements. Admissions 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. 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. RMCAD requires all transcripts from previously attended schools. Uno cial transcripts may be submitted at the same time as the completed Application for Admission. The unofficial transcript will be used to evaluate the admission for acceptance.

3. Cumulative GPA
All applicants must either possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Home-schooled students must submit proof of attendance by an accrediting body, which is recognized by RMCAD.

4. Portfolio
All applicants to art and design programs must submit a portfolio with a one to two paragraph artist statement. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10 to 15 pieces or another collection of visual work that demonstrates the basic skills needed to succeed in art and design coursework. See the “Submitting a Portfolio” section on page nine of this publication for further instructions.

5. 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 or 800.888.2787

Summer Camp

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 Fall 2016. Contact for questions and requests.