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You’re passionate about art + design, and you want to get a jump start on your future before graduation. 

RMCAD offers high school programs featuring workshops held throughout the year. These year-round programs grant you access to our accomplished faculty, provide a glimpse into college life, and assist you in gearing up for your creative endeavors ahead.

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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

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.

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 where our alumni find success after graduating.

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

RMCAD Anatomy Illustration Class

RMCAD's Accelerate program - 2D Design Course

Open to the High School Class of 2024 & 2025

Ready to experience art school a little early? Join us in Summer 2024 for an online 2D Design 8-week course for only $99, starting July 1, 2024!

In this beginner-level studio class, you’ll dive into the basics of creating visual art and design in two dimensions. You’ll work on both handmade projects and learn how to use vector-based software.

Throughout the course, you’ll explore how to organize visual elements and communicate ideas effectively. By the end, you’ll have a better grasp of creating and evaluating two-dimensional compositions.

In addition, by the conclusion of this college-level course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit your portfolio for assessment to potentially earn proficiency credits. If successful, you could save around $2,136* in tuition fees at RMCAD and avoid the need to repeat this course.

*$2,136 is the estimated savings based on the cost of tuition for a 3 credit course at RMCAD during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Dual Enrollment

RMCAD offers the opportunity for exceptional junior and senior high school students to enroll for college credit while still completing their high school degree. RMCAD’s Dual Enrollment credits 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.

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Dual Enrollment Courses Include:


In an effort to further drive creative careers while inspiring the next generation of young artists, the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is offering a scholarship tuition grant for Jefferson County high school graduates and teachers as part of our community partnership.


30 Credits Granted (One Year Tuition)


50% Discounted Rate (Continuing Education)

Admissions Process

Embarking on the journey to becoming a RMCAD student is an exciting endeavor. Our admissions process is designed to get to know you, while you learn about RMCAD and what we offer.

We invite you to visit RMCAD either virtually or in-person. You’ll work closely with our faculty and even sit in on a class or two from your selected department. Learn all about RMCAD from your Admissions Counselor who will help you develop a path to get you from your first day of class to graduation and, ultimately, to a successful future in the world of art and design.

virtual fall enrollment Session

Tuesday, August 13, 2024

In-Person Info Session + Campus Tour

Saturday, September 28, 2024

Virtual Info Session

Thursday, November 14, 2024


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