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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is an innovative, rigorous and community-oriented global learning environment that inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities and the world.

Our ten value statements guide us in achieving our mission:

  • Our students come first

  • We are a campus of professionals, innovators and educators

  • We welcome individuality and self-reflection

  • We appreciate and celebrate our community

  • We communicate our campus pride and excitement

  • We are committed to consistent business processes and systems while fostering innovation

  • We work toward creating a financially sustainable model of higher education that considers the interests of our multiple stakeholders

  • We embrace a culture of leadership, trust and communication

  • We understand the importance of risk-taking and being adaptable to change

  • We value professionalism & role modeling

We embrace forward thinking through our vision statement:
RMCAD will be a premier university known as a destination for a diverse student body that impacts the world.



Academic credibility that pays.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

The Higher Learning Commission

In addition, RMCAD is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  


Accreditation for Interior Design

The on-campus professional Interior Design BFA program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Both the on-campus and online Interior Design BFA programs share the same faculty and curriculum, so it is our goal to achieve CIDA accreditation for the online program in the future. View our Interior Design Student Achievement Data here.


Accreditation for Art Education

RMCAD is approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education to offer an art education program that leads to an Initial Educator License, which allows graduates to teach grades K-12 art in public schools. 

Why Accreditation Matters


Schools accredited by the aforementioned agencies are held to a high degree of accountability. Independent agencies regularly scrutinize our programs to verify that we employ the most relevant and comprehensive approaches to education.   


Accreditation ensures that our programs help students to develop and practice their art, while also equipping them with the necessary tools to succeed in the real world after graduation. 


The fact is that many students will enroll in more than one college or university while completing their undergraduate studies. With our high level of accreditation, courses taken at RMCAD are far more likely to be accepted for transfer credits than courses taken at a school that is not accredited.


After earning an undergraduate degree (BFA, BA, BS), many students choose to continue their studies and pursue a graduate level degree (MFA, MA, PhD). Students who do not study at an accredited school as an undergraduate may not be eligible for graduate programs at accredited colleges and universities. Consult with an Admissions Counselor for further information.

Click here to learn about why accreditation should be an important factor in deciding where to attend college.

Military Affiliation

RMCAD is approved by the Colorado Office of Veterans Education & Training, an organization governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE).

RMCAD is approved for Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and U.S government tuition assistance through the DODMOU.

Individuals wishing to ask a question or file a complaint with NASAD/the HLC/CIDA/CCHE should contact:

206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014
t: 616.458.0400
f: 616.458.0460

230 South LaSalle Street
Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462

This is the complaint procedure link

Email questions to

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
Telephone: 703-437-0700
Facsimile: 703-437-6312

This is the avenues for expressing concern link

1560 Broadway
Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
Main: (303) 866-2723
Fax: (303) 866-4266

Complaint procedure link