While soaking up the Colorado sun last month, I did some research into Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, a small, for profit, art school tucked into the western suburbs of Denver. Offering classes both on campus and on-line, RMCAD provides opportunities for those choosing a more flexible learning environment. With a student population of just 700 this might be the ying to UC Boulder’s yang. RMCAD offers seven art programs – mostly for those seeking a BFA. The most popular are the BA or BFA in Graphic Design and the BFA in Illustration. According to admissions counselor Alicia Wheelock, RMCAD is the only stand-alone art school in the state that is NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accredited.
This small campus has no on-campus housing but dorms and apartments offering discounted RMCAD rates are just 10 minutes from campus. The school has a strong connection to art culture in Denver, a good place to be a working artist. And just up the road is Boulder, named the most creative city in the country by The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2012/06/26/america-s-most-creative-cities-boulder-portland-and-more-photos.html