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RMCAD Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In the fall semester of 2013, RMCAD will celebrate our 50th anniversary. We’ll be hosting a series of events that highlight our history and look forward to future success.

Our History
In 1963, RMCAD was founded in the foothills by established illustrator and educator, Phillip J. Steele. He envisioned a community of creatives where students could develop a passion for creativity and embark on lifelong learning. Since then, RMCAD has grown exponentially. The school’s original class had six members. Today, RMCAD has well-over 600 students and offers a variety of art and design majors.

Our physical campus has also changed. Our current campus has a rich history of its own and houses great facilities. Alongside classes in life drawing and the fine arts, you’ll find cutting-edge courses in 3D animation, computer-aided design, and game art.

We’re looking forward to a bright future of expansion and innovation and welcome you to join us this fall as we celebrate 50 years of creative excellence.

Monday, September 9, 2013: Golden Grahams Breakfast
In honor of our golden anniversary, we’ll have a special on-campus breakfast for students, faculty and staff. Find our Golden Grahams table in front of the Texas building and start your day off right.
7:30-9:30, in front of Texas

Monday, September 23, 2013: Alumni Panel
We’re proud to bring back some of our successful alumni to speak about their professional experience. Students are welcome to attend and participate in a Q & A session.
6:00-7:00 p.m., Mary Harris Auditorium

Wednesday, September 25, 2013: Wednesday Night Workshop-Portfolio Development
At this workshop, potential incoming students and their families will to learn how to professionally document their work and assemble a portfolio for college admissions. The event is offered at no cost and is open to any interested high school student.
6:30-8:30 p.m., RMCAD Campus.

Thursday, September 26, 2013: Student Presentations and Time Capsule “Burial”
Our students will present the items they create for our 50th anniversary time capsule and we’ll place it in the lobby wall of our flagship structure, the Texas Building.
6:00-7:00 p.m., Mary Harris Auditorium

Friday, September 27, 2013: RMCAD Partners Thank You Gala
We’ll welcome our business and community partners to campus for a gala and time capsule dedication in thanks for their contributions to our success and longevity.
5:00-7:30 p.m., Rotunda (Invite Only)

Saturday, September 28, 2013: National Portfolio Day
At this event, high school students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accredited colleges to discuss and review artwork. Click here for more information.
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., RMCAD Campus


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