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President’s Update: Summer A 2021

Dear RMCAD Community, 

I am so excited to personally be welcoming our Colorado-based students back to campus beginning in the Fall A term! As you can imagine, we are very busy preparing for a full return to the campus you love and making improvements to continue providing all students with the best experience both for in-person and online learning. One of these improvements for our online students will be the launch of a pilot program introducing digital textbooks. We hope this, among other changes, will enhance the online learning experience for many of our students. 

I recognize that many of you have questions about what our return to campus will look like including questions about social distancing, learning modalities, and more. I assure you that we have been working hard to ensure a safe and healthy environment for you to learn, and invite you to look through our current FAQs page. We will continue to update this page as the date for our return to campus approaches, so check back often. 

Beginning in Summer B term, June 28 2021, fully vaccinated students and staff at RMCAD may go without masks on campus, in hallways and buildings, and in classrooms. We anticipate that there will still be many members of our community, who, while vaccinated, will continue to wear masks and I want you to know that our community will respect whatever personal decision you make about wearing a mask. If you have concerns about returning to in-person learning, please contact your Academic Advisor to discuss your options. 

When you return to campus, you’ll notice a few changes. Currently, renovations are happening to provide you with a one-stop-shop for student services and resources. These departments are here to serve you, and now we are making them even more convenient and accessible for you. All the resources you might need, whether that be financial aid, advising, registrar, etc. will be in one central location so you can find the answers and support you might need in one place. 

Alongside current changes to our campus, we are also completing our five-year strategic plan for 2022-27. We kicked off planning in January of this year and are very excited to be sharing our plan with community members and receiving their feedback in the coming weeks. We have seen over the last year and a half what innovation and creativity can do and I look forward to implementing our five-year plan and watching RMCAD rise and grow in the coming years. 

While I anticipate many great things happening in the coming years, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the amazing things already happening on our campus, especially in our very own department of Fashion Design. Last week, Fashion Design Chair Nicole Bartet appeared on Fox 31 News to talk about our incredible program in lieu of the new Disney Movie, “Cruella.” You can view the news clip here. 

With all of this excitement around a return to campus and other changes, I want to take a moment to acknowledge our community’s incredible resilience and ability to adapt to the ever-changing scenery over the last year and a half. This has not been an easy time and I applaud each of you for meeting these challenges with optimism and determination. Your innovation and creativity have truly propelled us forward as an institution and bonded us as a community. 

I am excited to see the great things you accomplish in the remaining weeks of the Summer A term. Best of luck and stay creative!

With warmest regards,

Brent Fitch
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design


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