High School Programs
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 Wednesday Night Workshops, 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
Chat With Chairs
This unique event provides prospective students, parents and the general public the opportunity to chat with our department chairs in a virtual environment. If you’d like to engage with our top-notch faculty but aren’t available to come to our campus, this event is for you! Simply fill out the RSVP form to reserve your spot, and you will be contacted with instructions on how to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity.
FALL 2013 SCHEDULE:
- September 17: Animation + Game Art
- October 1: Illustration
- October 8: Interior Design
- October 15: Fine Arts
- October 22: Graphic Design
- December 3: Foundations: Portfolio Development
During the chats you will be allowed to make comments, express opinions, ask questions or just listen in! RSVP today and we will “see” you there!
Summer Pre-College Art Series
The RMCAD Pre-College program provides an opportunity for upcoming high school students to pursue creative outlets during their summer months. The Pre-College program has two tracks. 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, June 23-July 18 RMCAD’s Summer Camp provides weeklong, non-credit classes in five 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 2014.
- Graphic Design: June 23-June 27
- Commercial Photography: June 23-June 27
- Interior Design: June 23-June 27
- Creative Foundations: Portfolio Development: July 14-July 18
- Illustration: Character Design: July 14-July 18
This year we will offer the following intensive and creative summer art camps:
Pre-College Courses July 7-August 1 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
This year’s Pre-College courses are as follows:
- Digital Image Making: A Foundations Course
- Intro to Animation: 2D + 3D
- Fine Arts Intensive: Studio Intensives
The program fee covers all instruction, art supplies, and lunch for the duration of the program. There is an additional housing fee that is dependent upon the length of a students’ stay and does not include transportation to or from the airport. Scholarships for our Pre-College offerings are available and dependent upon a portfolio review along with other requirements.
If you would like additional information regarding dates, housing, tuition, and scholarships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earn high school + college credit online through RMCAD’s Concurrent Enrollment Program, beginning in January 2014.
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 Concurrent 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, beginning in January 2014.
The RMCAD Concurrent 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 Concurrent 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
The following courses will be offered during the 2014 Concurrent Enrollment Program:
- 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 concurrent 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 Concurrent 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 Concurrent 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 email@example.com.
Colorado Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition Tours and Workshops
RMCAD is pleased to again to host the Colorado Scholastic Art Awards in 2014. In conjunction with this event, we are offering tours and workshops to local middle and high school classes. Limited dates and time slots are available and are offered on a first come first serve basis, so make sure to schedule your visits soon!
In order to provide the best experience for students, RMCAD will require a 10-day notice for all tours and workshops. All reservations must be made through the form provided below. You will receive a confirmation from the RMCAD Outreach Team after we have confirmed the details of your visit. Lunch will not be provided, but we welcome you to bring bag lunches.
Click here to schedule your tour and workshop. We encourage you to provide as many details as possible so that we can accommodate your needs
We look forward to hosting you and providing a great day for students.
Wednesday Night Workshops
The purpose of RMCAD’s Wednesday Night Workshops is to provide Denver-area high school students an opportunity to learn about the variety of college majors in art and design. Through fun, creative, hands-on activities led by RMCAD faculty members and continuing-education instructors, students have the chance to explore various realms of art and design, build their skills and interact with other students who share their interests.
Classes take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Workshops cost $25 each. Students wishing to participate in multiple workshops can take three for $50. You may sign up for as many sessions as you like. Click here to register for a single workshop, or here to sign up for a three pack.
OUR FALL 2013 LINEUP:
- Graphic Design | October 2 Students will collaborate on the concept design phase of a fictitious monument. Monuments commemorate people, places, events or ideas and provide the public with access to and education about the monument's subject.
- Life Drawing | October 16 This workshop allows high school students to experience a college, life drawing class. Topics covered include set up, materials, techniques for drawing from a live, nude model, explanation of exercises, and various projects students may perform in a college-level life drawing class.
- Sequential Art | October 16 This workshop will introduce students to the conceptualization and techniques used to visually develop original, memorable and visually dynamic stories for comic books, graphic novels and storyboards. The techniques used in this workshop will enable students to create a compelling and immersive story using visual cues and additional elements that will develop various narrations. Students will generate an appealing design that maintains a strong aesthetic for targeted audiences. In addition to illustration techniques, the course will address the use of various forms of media, including collage and fusion illustration. The skills covered in this workshop will apply to multiple industries, including comic books, video games, movies and television.
- Sculpture | October 23 In this workshop, students will learn about various sculpture materials, tools and processes. Using alginate, students will create a mold from their hand and other objects to create a compound, cast plaster structure. Concept building, intaglio surfaces, cameo surfaces, positive space and negative space will also be explored to create a final, take-home sculpture.
- Character Development | October 30 This workshop will introduce students to the conceptualization and techniques used to visually develop original, memorable, and visually dynamic characters for a variety of professional industries. The techniques learned in this workshop will enable students to create a character with visual cues and elements that portray personality and develop a narrative to generate an appealing design and strong aesthetic for targeted audiences. In addition to illustration techniques, the course will address the use of tropes, archetypes and merged concepts to create a more effective appearance to communicate the students' character concepts. The skills covered in this workshop will apply to multiple industries including: comic books, video games, movies, television, and stage productions.
- Photography | November 6 Students in this workshop will gain a basic knowledge of digital cameras and composition. They will develop an understanding of how to control and change exposure, as well as the concepts behind it. Students will explore the best ways prepare for various kinds of pictures (portraits, landscapes, etc.), learn how to import photos onto the computer and perform basic editing in Photoshop.
- JUST ANNOUNCED! Villain Creation for Animation + Games | November 6 and13 This workshop will first explore and analyze some of the great villains from Animation and Game history, taking a revealing journey into the Shadow archetype through self-examination. We’ll look at both comedic villains and the evil, irredeemable villains, and how to effectively use the relationships an audience experiences with each to enhance the visual and subtextual story. We’ll spend most of our time in hands-on villain creation, peer critique, and building story logic between the villains and their worlds. This workshop focuses on character-driven development of villains.
- Portfolio Development | November 13 This workshop was designed to help students build or improve their portfolios in preparation for applying to an art and design college. Students are encouraged to bring previous or unfinished work in painting, drawing, design and photography. Individual projects will be designed and completed to enhance portfolios, based on individual needs. Students will learn how to professionally document, organize and present their work in a variety of formats and media.
- Interior Design | November 13 Through a two-hour project, students will learn the fundamentals of space planning, environmental considerations and other elements of Interior Design.
Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes in advance of each session. (The first time you attend, please arrive at 5:30 to sign in and take a tour of our campus.) You may park in the visitor parking on the north side of the Texas Building or in the faculty/staff lot along the main drive. All materials will be provided. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: RMCAD will not issue refunds for Wednesday Night Workshops. However, payment can be transferred to a future class as long as notification is made at least two hours prior to the start of the original workshop.