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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, RMCAD has a lot to offer. 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.

Want 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 allows high school juniors and seniors to begin their college experience while still attending high school. Courses in this program are the same as those currently offered to incoming RMCAD freshman and may be taken on campus or online.

Through the dual enrollment program, students can take the following classes at a deeply discounted tuition rate:

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Art History I
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Psychology

In order to be eligible for dual enrollment, students must meet the same standards and requirements that RMCAD publishes for all of its students. These expectations prepare students to be successful in their college endeavors and build skills that can be applied to their high school courses. For more information about program requirements, please see RMCAD’s academic catalog.

Interested students may speak with an admissions counselor to learn about course availability by term.

Ready to get started with dual enrollment? Apply now or email

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.