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Reviews 125 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The best things about RMCAD are the price and flexibility. I work full time and have a two year old and RMCAD was the only school I found that fit my schedule and budget. The classes are really intense, but I am gaining so much knowledge that I can use in my current position. I would definitely recommend the school to anyone interest in an arts degree and who doesn't want a "generic" college experience. There is a lot of hands on learning which I didn't find in my other online classes at different schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a cool art school. It's got accreditation which is really nice for an art school and the campus is really small and chill. The class sizes are really small and the teachers are very knowledgeable.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: when i first started I really didn't mind it, getting help seemed easy and the staff there seemed like they wanted to be there and help out with any kind of confusion that was brought on (being not very good with new online stuff made it super nice). Though they had a huge change in different things so now a year in things started to change a lot! I dont get hardly any help, its as if I'm teaching myself through a 50plus $ book they wanted me to buy. sometimes it seemed like i was buying books that were needed for classes but never used. I had a teacher that was teaching the class but never was a teacher for that certain subject.. and lets just say he had noooo idea what he was talking about. Taking the class was like taking his class which was a subject i needed. So all an all its kind of frustrating.. Rocky mountain college of art and design can be interesting being a student there.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It varies from professor to professor. I am in the Online Graphic Design program so it's a bit different than on-campus. I've had everything from standoff-ish professors to professors who I could text at any time and ask questions about class.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I only rated this section as the worst because parties are non existent. But I'm grateful, I'm not into parties at all and I'm glad they don't happened at school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is oone student dorm building 15 minutes from campus with a shuttle to and from school. and a few apartments complexes in the schools immediate area but other then that you're on your own. There is no on campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a few places around campus that are a short drive or a decent walking distance. They are mostly chain restaurants and fast food places.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Everyone is pretty chill about things. Everyone is expected to be responsible for themselves. We call the teachers by their first names.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We have on source for food, the Underground Cafe, it's small and has limited options but everything I've had so far is very good.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial advisors are veryhelpful and invested in the students but I am having a hard time finding loans and scholarships.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There is no on campus housing,, I live in dorms that are 15 miles away from campus.

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1 College Sophomore

Academics: I don't feel challeneged at all. I don't even have to study to know what to do. The art isn't hard either. Once in a while projects are nice and expansive, but it's only myself that pushes my art forward. The instructors don't encourage or anything.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wish there had been more reviews when I was looking at the school. It took a year, but I'm done. I got a good start, but I'm ready to grow and move on. I don't think I can do that with this school. I just wish it hadn't cost me 20 k to get pushed in the right direction. They aren't kidding when they say these schools are expensive. The reviews tell the truth about For profit schools, they are only thinking about themselves and not the students. I hope that this school can turn around but I doubt it.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: I was at first going for Game Art then Animation. Game Art was the only one that had an HP computer, which sucks by the way, and doesn't come with an art tablet. Then, they go on to expect you to use a tablet to make things in photoshop and illustrator. If I hadn't already had mine, I would have been screwed. I had bought an old one off of someone about a year previously though. I hate to think about the people that didn't though. No wonder half of them had 'mouse lines'. It just doesn't look as nice as a tablet. I switched to Animation, which has the same beginning as Game Art. THe curriculum doesn't even seem to match what I was doing. It's nice learning them, but I don't really feel like I learned anything about photoshop that I didn't research myself. I had to teach myself, which sucks. In some cases the work load was so light it was like I wasn't even in college at all. THen it ramped up and I had so much I couldn't do anything else during the day.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: When I read that the classes were small, I thought it would be nice. I don't think that any more. It made things very difficult to get done. Half the instructors, actually more than half, don't have an idea of what they are doing. They have good credentials but most just tell you to read several chapters before quizing you down on them. If I wanted to read from a book, I'd buy the book. I went to college to learn from people that knew what they were doing. People here don't know.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If I would stay in the school, I'm sure that I wouldn't be able to find work. I know they reassure that I could, but I just don't see it happening. I have only seen bare bottom employers looking for employees and then they are very selective. I did have some knock off brands asking about, but I never heard back from any of them.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received some scholarships when I first applied for the school. Any lack of scholarships was because I didn't apply. They wanted tons of research and work for very little return. Not really interested.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While the classes has real merit, I feel my money was very wasted on this school. I knew going in it would be expensive, but this is rediculous. Everything I am learning, I could easily get for less than a thousand dollars and it cost 20 thousand a year. Well, over that. THe instructors aren't that good. They range from the very worst always failing you for no reason, literally not just me, or being amazing, but not really rating your work at all.

One of the biggest reasons I'm transfering is that the faculty is always changing. In the past year alone, I've had over two or three advisers, three financial advisers and several horrible 'student tutors' that had no idea what to do. Not only that, the communications of the college are down right ridiculous. They changed the website they were using right as a new class was about to start. I was given an email, but it wasn't straight forward for what it was so I missed it. THey didn't call at all. When I was supposed to receive disbursement checks, they made excuse after excuse not to give it to me.

I reached my end, and I'm moving on. I liked the classes, but that's because I love art. Not that they were good at teaching the art itself. IN fact, they weren't good at all in the academics.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall: 4/5

Student Body (Friendliness): 5/5 [You will make friends!!]

School Community: 5/5

Creative Environment: 5/5

Exercise/Physical fitness: 3/5 [Off-campus gyms available to add to tuition costs)

Transportation: 4/5 [Free bus/light rail pass]

Online Courses: 3.5 /5 [The online option may be cheaper, but make sure you have the self-discipline to keep up!!]

On-Campus courses: 3/5 [this varies by instructor.]

Professors: 3/5

> [I found that some teachers are ill-equip to teach certain classes due to the recent shift in educational focus. For example, 2D design, a class traditionally taught with paper and scissors, is now taught with Photoshop in order to prepare students for future design courses. This is great, with the exception of the fact that many of my instructors haven't a clue on how to use Photoshop. Because of 8-week courses, there is no time for an instructor to learn a program and then turn around to teach a student.]

> [On the other hand, there are some incredible and extraordinary instructors who I'd pay to learn from even on my own time. It is these teachers that will impact not only your experience at RMCAD, but your future career as well. These instructors are, more often than not, willing to set aside time to teach you what you need to know.]

Financial Aid: 2~3/5

Counseling: 4/5

Diversity: 5/5

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is constantly offering the student body opportunists for internships or paid jobs, however the quantity of opportunities you can take will be limited to your own skill. If there is one thing I can say about RMCAD, it rewards those who are willing to go out of their way to learn.

There are post-graduation programs in place to help students find jobs and careers, however having not graduated myself yet, I cannot say how good or bad these services are.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: RMCAD is a relaxed and accepting school that offers an active and supportive community to all of their students. The councilors on campus are excellent and help students when they are at their lowest. RMCAD does seem to understand that the happiness and safety of their students (physically and psychologically) is a number one priority.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Because getting around town is pretty easy, you have all of Denver and Lakewood to dine in! There are plenty of options as long as you're willing to look.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: There was a recent shift in administration. If I were to complain about the administration, it would not be on the topics listed above.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid Councillors are willing to work with students when they are available, so the process of getting your aid isn't extraordinarily painful, however because the school utilizes a mix of online and on-campus courses, I have found that most of the time, tuition is roughly and inaccurately calculated.

The school also offers very, very few scholarships for students to take advantage of; many of which do not end up helping the student. For example, I earned an artistic scholarship that is only applied while taking two on-campus courses at a time, and many of the courses I need are ONLY offered online.

(Note: The school functions in 8-week quarters, not 16-week semesters, it is not uncommon to take only 2 classes at a time to total to 4 classes or 12 credits per "semester")

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: online student who doesnt use drugs

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The most beautiful and inspirational part of RMCAD is the campus itself, with its hometown feel, squirrel chatter, and fresh colors in the summer and fall. But that's just what you can see right away. Eventually, you delve deeper into the excitement of learning something new and unique about your own personal way of self-expression. There is a great sense of discovery and an energy felt throughout the College. The energy flows through sitting down to mold a piece of clay on a wheel to capturing that well-thought-out shot with the camera to translating your imagination into a drawing. Most of all, students thrive on being able to share all of these things with like-minded peers. Sharing your art and allowing it to be critiqued is what really makes you grow as an artist, as well as a person. Being around peers and faculty that have immersed themselves in their respective fields is truly the most amazing part of RMCAD, making it like no other college. It's not just an institution for learning: it's family.

RMCAD is definitely an experience. Set against the backdrop of downtown Denver, it's the ideal location if you want to get away and not sacrifice convenience. That is not to say that just because you go here that you are on "Easy Street." The classes and workload are challenging for both the mind and body. And just like all establishments, RMCAD has its own share of quirks and problems, but in the end, what you put in is what you get out of it.

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