In an article published in December 2013, University Business Magazine recognized RMCAD on its list of “smart design colleges”. RMCAD was praised as “novel and noteworthy” for its online program offerings and interior design sustainable design emphasis.
The article, titled “Smart Design Colleges: The Evolution of Sustainable Design” and written by James Martin and James E. Samels, explores the learning styles and living preferences of the millennial generation. Citing the desire for culture and urban living and an increased awareness of environmental impact, the authors tout educational offerings that accommodate the nation’s changing living and learning preferences.
Noting the “fresh and exciting opportunities for students and faculty who are well-trained in green design” the article reads:
Located in the metropolitan area of Denver, RMCAD is reinventing how art and design students learn their craft and apply their creative skills. Propelled by a forward-looking environmental vision, officials have challenged the conventional thinking that the classical arts must be taught in traditional ways. As a prime example, the college has witnessed significant success with its new, fully online bachelor’s program in illustration, which teaches classical technique aided by leading-edge educational technologies.
Beyond illustration, RMCAD has struck a resonant chord with its sustainable design concentration in the interior design program. The first-of-its-kind, accredited program offers a blended degree on campus and online.
Sustainable design students learn the aesthetic, technical, ethical and business skills necessary to launch a successful career in interior design, while also building a creative and competitive portfolio of professional work.
Brook Yeagle, interior design chair, says that the program’s students are “equipped with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve design problems ethically, responsibly and sustainably. They are able to create designs that address physical and emotional health and well-being, productivity, resource efficiency, environmental conservation and aesthetic experiences.”
The article goes on to recognize programs at Rhode Island School of Design, Portland Community College and Florida State University. RMCAD is pleased to be recognized and looks forward to a continued presence on the forefront of educational innovation.