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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Reviews

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  • 05/17/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty great. There's a few security guards on campus during the fall and spring terms. There's minimal security activity during the summer, mostly because there's not enough students on campus. For late classes and weekends, the security guards are always walking around. Stickers with security's number have just been placed on all the doors, so it's very easy to get a hold of them. There's also a form you can fill out if you need to stay on campus later than the hours of operation. However, the building with the clocktower at the end of the quad doesn't belong to RMCAD and belongs to the state. That building is a rehab facility, most staff don't know this and tell you it's abandoned. Sometimes it feels a little strange leaving night classes and knowing that building is there, only separated by a chain link fence.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's not many clubs on campus, but you can always petition to start one. It's fairly easy to start up a club. As far as activities go, there is always something going on. There's free life drawing one day a week. There's also free yoga. Sometimes there's events, like a Beach Party or a BBQ.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarships and grants are key for attending this school. Loans are helpful too, but having to eventually pay that money back is a bit stressful. Sometimes professors require specific materials for the class, so that can rack up easily. Textbooks are tuition inclusive, but their textbook program is horrible. If you can, talk to someone so that you can buy your own books rather than obtaining them through the school. It might help you out tuition wise.

    Food and Dining

    The Underground Cafe is pretty great. They have a great selection of food, snacks, and drinks. They are willing to work with you if you have food allergies. The best thing is that they are student run, so you can even apply to work in the kitchen. However, sometimes a five dollar sandwich isn't the best because you're on a tight budget. Most professors will have a fridge in their office, so sometimes you can bring items to put in the fridge. There's a shopping center just up the road where you can grab food, or go shopping in Walmart. There's also a few Mexican restaurants and take out places right across the street. During the summer, sometimes the class comes together to bring in food, especially in the morning. There's fun BBQ's and other goodies that show up on campus all the time. When there's food on campus an email is sent out.

    Dorm Life

    The nice thing about campus is that there are no dorms. The Regency counts as a somewhat dorm, but most students find their own housing. However, there is a board on the second floor of Texas that allows you to post an ad for a room mate or post an ad looking for an apartment. It is a very useful tool, especially when moving from another state.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are professional and stick to the syllabus, but sometimes they don't and it affects the whole class. There are also professors that believe it is their way or the highway. The online professors tend to return assignments slowly and do not usually correct mistakes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be serious about your craft because some projects are only a few days long. Take pride in your work and yourself. If you don't put effort into your projects in the beginning, come review you won't get far. Treat each assignment like it's your last. If your not proud of it, push yourself until you are, and that's when you know you did the project right. Also, bring food because the Underground Cafe can sometimes be expensive.

    In three sentences

    RMCAD is a small school where you get one on one time with your professors. The professors are willing to help you in any way they can. The set up of the semester is really useful because it splits the 16 week semester into two 8 weeks sessions; you are still taking 5-6 credits during the 16 weeks, they are just split up differently.

  • 10/10/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security officers patrolling at all times on campus. I stayed at school many times late into the night working on projects and always felt safe walking around because I could always see the security officers patrolling.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at RMCAD, nor sororities or fraternities. I think those sort of clubs are only at universities where RMCAD is a small private school and has different club interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's tons of activities that go on all the time at RMCAD. They have special events like student Thanksgiving dinner on campus, Halloween costume contests, open art gallery nights in the senior studios, etc. There is also what is called the Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program which recruits art professionals from around the world to come visit and give lectures and performances. RMCAD has its own art galleries called the Philip J. Steele Gallery and the Rude Gallery, which also has visiting artists from around the world as well as student and grad exhibitions.

    Great for these types of students

    I think this school is best for 2D and 3D animators, as well as interior design students and Illustration students. I personally was in the Fine Arts department and felt some struggle there since it leans so heavily on the contemporary art genres/styles, which I didn't quite fit in with. So if you are a Fine Artist who doesn't exactly work in contemporary art, you may want to reconsider or check out the Illustration program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus was actually a tuberculosis hospital decades ago, so there's definitely some strange things around the school with the architecture and lots of urban legends and ghost stories. For example, the 2D animation room was once an autopsy room, and the cafe itself is located what was once the morgue. There is also an underground tunnel system throughout the campus which healthcare personnel would wheel patients around during the winter months. Some buildings are still off limits due to asbestos, but all the accessible parts of the school have been full renovated and show little trace of its previous occupations.

    Bang for the buck

    RMCAD is a very expensive school so you will really want to work hard to get lots of scholarships and grants. I would not advise taking out student loans from a bank or loan agencies as they will require you to start paying them back as soon as you graduate. If you apply for financial aid at all, do it through the government as they are much more lenient with payment plans and such after you graduate, which matters a lot because when you're fresh out of art school, jobs in your field may be hard to find at first. RMCAD is a private school so it is quite expensive but it is also a great experience with amazing teachers.

    What to do for fun

    The school is located close to one of the biggest streets in Denver - Colfax Ave, so if you head east you go into the downtown area where there's all kinds of things to do. There's museums, festivals, concerts, an outdoor mall, lots of great places to eat and drink, and all kinds of interesting shops. Head west down Colfax it leads to the Colorado Mills area which is a huge mall and shopping center area with other nice places to eat. Keep heading west and you can go into the city of Golden which is nice because it's a little mountain town with lots of unique shops and cafes. There's several art districts throughout Denver so there's always a gallery opening somewhere which are generally free to attend.

    Food and Dining

    RMCAD itself has a great cafe with really unique and healthy options, however it can be a little pricey if you are eating there every day. The dorm community requires a food plan you pay in advance, so you get a pass to the cafeteria and order whatever you want, all you can eat. Not all their options were very healthy though so it can be tough if you're trying to stick to a diet. Dorm rooms don't allow hot plates, only microwaves so again healthy options become challenging. The school is at least located very close to a Natural Grocers, a Safeway, and a Whole Foods so there are those better choices, but the restaurants in the area are mostly fast food and low grade Mexican restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available through RMCAD, however there is a student housing community about 20 or so minutes away (driving) but it can take 1 hour to get there if you do the public transit system which I often did. RMCAD does have a shuttle bus too though that which I utilized as much as possible. It takes students back and forth from the school to the dorm community. The student housing community has students from other schools in the Denver area as well, a decent cafeteria but not always the healthiest options, and it was also quite pricey.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at RMCAD are wonderful, although I've heard the curriculum structure has changed so a lot of classes are now either only available online or there is at least the option to take them online. So taking online classes for something like Life Drawing for example may not give you the full experience you really need to learn how to draw from llife.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand that you will be working on projects constantly. It's not like typical schooling you might be used to, like doing book work and taking tests. You will have lots of art assignments from several classes going on at once, and naturally you'll feel like you want to do your best on all of them so it can become very challenging and you might lose a lot of sleep just trying to keep up! But it is all worth it in the end, just be aware of the requirements to pass these classes.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school that has a more intimate setting as it is so small and class sizes are also not large at all. Attending RMCAD really opened my eyes to the art world and changed my perspective on what it means to be an artist. I'm glad that I came to Denver from Florida to attend this school and feel like it really helped me to grow in more ways than just improving my skills.

  • 08/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    SINCE I'M ONLINE BASICALLY ANYTHING ..

    Food and Dining

    I DO ONLINE BUT MY FRIENDS TELL ME ITS AWESOME

    Dorm Life

    I DO ONLINE BUT MY FRIENDS TELL ME ITS WONDERFUL

    Academic Rigor

    So Far So Good

    Tips for prospective students

    Be calm Be Open Mind Ask Questions When You Need Help Ask For It

    In three sentences

    This college is the best so far. The admission counselor make sure applying for this college is easy. The finical aid counselor makes sure the payment plan is easy and stress free.