First Time Freshmen

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So, where to begin...

Discover everything that RMCAD has to offer from exciting programs to life on campus and beyond. Learn from real artists, designers, and liberal arts professionals who have lived and worked in their respective industries. With both on-campus and online programs, we balance real-world connections and hands-on learning with the high-tech resources and accessibility you expect in a digital world.

As a Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design student, you can rely on us to educate, guide, and encourage you on your artistic journey. Since 1963, we’ve been prepping students for exhilarating careers, it’s your turn to explore your creativity and pursue your passion

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For additional information and to learn even more about our programs, please reach out to an admissions representative and request information here.

Oh, the things you will learn


One of the most affordable art + design colleges in the U.S.

Established leader in online education.

RMCAD isn't behind on the times and values virtual learning.

Accredited by numerous independent bodies.

Offering more than 10 diverse disciplines in the arts.

Plenty of room to explore and grow.

Helping the next generation of young artists jumpstart their creative careers.

Yes, that means you!

Admissions Process

Our admissions process is designed so you can learn about RMCAD, while we get to learn about you. You’ll have the opportunity to complete an Artist Meeting with your Admissions Counselor, experience what sets RMCAD apart, and take a campus tour either in person or virtually. 

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Financing Your Future

Navigating the process of financing your college education involves several crucial steps, and at RMCAD, our Financial Aid Office comprises dedicated professionals ready to assist you. They can provide guidance on understanding the FAFSA, exploring various types of financial aid, clarifying tuition and fees, and establishing suitable payment plans.

There are several types of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and student loans. We’re here to help you determine what your costs will be and the best plan to help you finance your future.

What are you waiting for?

Apply To RMCAD Today!


Learn On-Campus

Our incredible campus marries the historic charm of the past with the sustainable, technological advancements of the future.

Currently, the campus boasts 17 structures, 11 of which are devoted to classrooms, common areas, and other support spaces, including four galleries and ample studio spaces. Download a campus map here.

Learn Online

At RMCAD, we are proud of our commitment to online learning and have spent more than a decade ensuring our students are set up for success, no matter where they live in the world.

As an online student, you have just as much access to RMCAD resources as an on-campus student, so it’s easy to stay connected and involved through class discussions, virtual events, and the mobile app.


Whether you’re a lifelong Denver resident or embarking on a new chapter to join RMCAD, you’ll undoubtedly be enchanted by the region’s stunning natural landscapes, abundant outdoor activities, and vibrant urban offerings. While RMCAD doesn’t provide on-campus housing, there are student living options within the Denver Metro area that offer a traditional college living experience for our students.

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Diversity, equity, inclusion

We maintain a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values, and reflects the diversity of the community it serves.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) introduces individuals to facets of difference, enables all to succeed, and creates an environment that respects and values individual differences along varying dimensions. The integral values of DEI guide our academic and institutional development, serving our mission to prepare learners to be forces of change in their industries, communities and the world.

Student Work + Success

Becoming a student is just the beginning of the journey. We believe creativity happens outside the lines, and artistic development inside these walls. The student work and success stories are just the result of learning in an environment where you are encouraged to dream, create, and inspire.

Student Work

See all the amazing and creative work being made by students at RMCAD!

Alumni Success Stories

Catch up with our alumni and see where they have found success following graduation.

Are you the parent of a student interested in attending RMCAD? We’ve got information and resources over here for you.

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