We’ll help make your transition to a better future as easy as possible.

Not every RMCAD student begins art and design school straight out of high school. In fact, about one-third of our students come to us with some college experience. If you’re considering transferring, we want to make that transition a positive and smooth one.


  • Request copies of your official college transcript
  • Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor
  • Complete a RMCAD application
  • Apply for available scholarships and financial aid
  • Submit your portfolio for review by our knowledgeable staff


Previously earned post-secondary credits may be considered for transfer if they were earned at an institution accredited by:

  1. An agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A current list of recognized agencies can be found here.
  2. Certain programmatic accrediting agencies that oversee programs with content similar to those offered by RMCAD (such as the Council for Interior Design Accreditation).
  3. International equivalents to the aforementioned agencies.

In all cases, RMCAD will review the prior coursework and, among other factors, utilize the recommendations of The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) when making its decision. Transfer credit considerations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Comparability of credit to be transferred to the destination program at RMCAD.
  • The level of the previously earned credit (100 or 200 level, graduate, etc.).
  • Applicability of the credit in relation to the programs offered at RMCAD.
  • Regulatory limitations on the number and type of credits that can be accepted for transfer.

In all cases, RMCAD reserves the right to determine the acceptance of previously completed academic credits. Additional questions about the transfer credit review process, including required documentation, should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design has partnered with certain institutions to facilitate a smooth transfer of earned credits. If your school does not have an Articulation Agreement, your credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. If you have questions about transfer credits, or if you represent a college that is interested in forming an agreement, please contact

Community College of Aurora has articulations with RMCAD for the following degrees: 

  • AAS in Graphic Design
  • AA in Studio Art

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Pikes Peak State College has articulations with RMCAD for the following degrees: 

  • AAS in Multimedia and Graphic Design to a BFA in Graphic Design
  • AAS in Photography to a BFA in Photography
  • AAS in Interior Design for a BFA in Interior Design (General)
  • AA in Studio Art for a BFA in Fine Arts

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Red Rocks Community College has articulations with RMCAD for the following degrees: 

  • AAS in Graphic Design & Print Production
  • AAS in Professional Photography

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Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA) Transfer Students

The Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA) closure has undoubtedly created a stressful experience, which is why Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) has worked to provide an easy transition for you. We have developed a Teach-Out Agreement as well as an Articulation Agreement with SUVA for the transfer of credits to benefit those students who wish to continue their education at RMCAD on campus or online.

Through the Teach-Out Agreement, RMCAD will accept SUVA earned credits towards our BFA-related degree. To qualify for the Teach-Out, you must have 18 months or less to complete your program. Those who do not qualify for the Teach-Out can still transfer up to 60 credit hours to RMCAD through the Articulation Agreement. Transfer credits are at the discretion of the RMCAD Registrar based on previous college credit and
portfolio. This only applies to students who earned credit at a SUVA that is now closed.

RMCAD will also waive your application fee. We’ve opened our on campus and online programs to the most promising artists and designers in a variety of creative disciplines. We’re thrilled to do the same for you.

Please note that if the Applicant does not have an official Southwest University of Visual Arts transcript, RMCAD must receive an unofficial Southwest University of Visual Arts or Transcript reflecting earned credit no later than one week prior to the start of the term. They must also complete an Attestation Form prior to their first day of class acknowledging that failure receipt of the official transcript by RMCAD by the end of their first semester will result in being withdrawn.


Figuring out which classes will transfer can be tricky, which is why having a transcript evaluation is so important. Click here to submit your transcripts for evaluation by our Registrar. 

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From working with the Registrar to evaluate your previous transcripts, to discussing your financial aid and scholarship options, they’re here to help you every step of the way. 

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There are no antiquity limitations on courses that are deemed equivalent to lower division (1000/2000 level) RMCAD art and design courses. Digital media and other computer- or technology-based courses are considered for transfer provided they were completed within the last two years.

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Students who have received an Associate of Arts degree from an institutionally-accredited college or university in the US will automatically receive credit for all liberal arts requirements except for AH1010 Art + Design History I, AH1020 Art + Design History II, and AH2010 History of Art + Design in the Non-Western World.

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