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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Overview

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design is a private for-profit institution situated in Lakewood, Colorado. The location of RMCAD is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Known For?

184 Undergraduate Awards
  • Students at RMCAD may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 7 to 1.
  • The highest award offered at RMCAD is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at RMCAD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Online Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Online Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design?

Location of Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Contact details for RMCAD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Phone: 303-753-6046

How Do I Get Into RMCAD?

You can apply to RMCAD online at:

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design?

75% Take Out Loans
15.9% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At RMCAD, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $10,538 a year. That adds up to $42,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RMCAD is 15.9%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

669 Full-Time Undergraduates
70% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,054 undergraduate students at RMCAD, with 669 being full-time and 385 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  RMCAD

Gender Diversity

Of the 669 full-time undergraduates at RMCAD, 30% are male and 70% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  RMCAD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of RMCAD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 23
Black or African American 43
Hispanic or Latino 75
White 405
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 118

Geographic Diversity

Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 11 countries are represented at RMCAD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Mexico, and Canada.

Online Learning at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

512 Took All Classes Online
1,054 Took At Least One Class Online
1.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at RMCAD. In 2017-2018, 1,054 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at RMCAD has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 24th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of RMCAD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design was 1.6%. This is the #1,930 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at RMCAD regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of RMCAD majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communications Technologies & Support 48%
Computer & Information Sciences 2%
Computer Software & Applications 2%
Design & Applied Arts 30%
Graphic Communications 48%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 50%
Visual & Performing Arts 29%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at RMCAD ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at RMCAD.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Graphic Communications #12
Communications Technologies & Support #17
Fine & Studio Arts #25
Design & Applied Arts #49
Computer Software & Applications #59
Visual & Performing Arts #100
Instructional Media Design #117
Computer & Information Sciences #366

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 98 98
Computer Software & Applications 44 44
Graphic Communications 33 33
Fine & Studio Arts 5 5
Teacher Education Subject Specific 4 4
Instructional Media Design 0 0
TOTAL 184 184


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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