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Accredited schools are held to a high degree of accountability. Independent agencies regularly scrutinize our programs to verify that we employ the most relevant and comprehensive approaches to education.

Accreditation ensures that our programs help students to develop and practice their art, while also equipping them with the necessary tools to succeed in the real world.

The fact is that many students will enroll in more than one college or university while completing their undergraduate studies. With our high level of accreditation, courses taken at RMCAD are far more likely to be accepted for transfer credits than courses taken at a school that is not accredited. Conversely, courses taken at other colleges, if they’re similarly accredited, can be transferable to our curriculum requirements.

After earning an undergraduate degree (BFA, BA, BS), many students choose to continue their studies and pursue a graduate level degree (MFA, MA, PhD). Students who do not study at an accredited school as an undergraduate may not be eligible for graduate programs at accredited colleges and universities. Consult with an admissions counselor for further information.


Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). RMCAD is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). RMCAD is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Accreditation For Interior Design

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org206 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-4014.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. To view student achievement data, click here.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design granted by Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam).  For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit  
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Accreditation For Art Education

Our Art Education program is accredited by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education.


RMCAD is approved by the Colorado Office of Veterans Education & Training, an organization governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE).

RMCAD is approved for Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and U.S government tuition assistance through the DODMOU.

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