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 regionally 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

Both the on campus and online Interior Design BFA program degrees are fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). View our Interior Design Student Achievement Data here.

Accreditation For Art Education

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

Military Affiliation

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.