Art Institute

Transfer Students

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complete your education at rmcad

The Art Institute’s campus closures have undoubtedly created a stressful experience, which is why Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) has worked to provide an easy transition for you. RMCAD offers campus and online degree formats so that you can continue to work toward your degree, without relocating.

RMCAD has entered into an articulation agreement with Ai to help you transfer your credits as smoothly as possible, with a potential start date as soon as January 8, 2024. Credit transfers will be evaluated individually through the submission of your official transcripts and a portfolio review.

Why You Should Choose RMCAD:

  • Online and campus programs – learn from anywhere!
    • RMCAD is proud to celebrate 60 years as a college, 20 years on our historic campus in Lakewood, CO, just minutes away from the Rocky Mountains and downtown Denver, and 10+ years as a leader in online learning.
  • $1,500/semester grant eligibility
  • Affordable tuition
    • RMCAD is one of the most affordable art + design colleges in the U.S.
  • Institutional and national accreditation
    • RMCAD is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Learn more here!
  • Exceptional student support services
    • Including tech support, financial aid and advising, free mental health services for students, and RMCAD Renew, which allows alumni to audit current course offerings within their original degree at no cost.

RMCAD’s campus and online programs have helped develop the most promising artists and designers in a variety of creative disciplines, and we’re thrilled to do the same for you.


*Actual Colorado Ai transfer students (2018)

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82.6% of students agree or strongly agree that they would recommend RMCAD to someone wanting to study art or design. (2022 Annual Student Satisfaction Survey)


To assist students affected by the recent Ai closures, RMCAD is offering additional financial aid assistance.



Full Time Student
Fall, Spring or Summer

Part or ¾ Time Student
Available Summer Only

*Summer semesters are dependent on your initial start date.


  • Must come in with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and maintain a minimum at RMCAD for semesterly renewal.
  • Must have been enrolled, started, or applied to Ai (with proof of application) within the last year (September 1, 2022).
  • Must attend RMCAD full-time (if part-time due to Academic Success Program (ASP) or course availability, grant amount will be prorated).
  • Eligible for starts in 2023 and through Fall start on October 30, 2024.
  • Eligibility extends to Ai students at any of the affected branches.
  • The Ai Grant is not stackable with other RMCAD internal grants and scholarships.
  • No separate renewal application needed for Ai students, RMCAD will automatically apply the grant each semester based on meeting eligibility requirements.

Degree comparison

Art Institute


*Art Institute students currently pursuing an associates degree, certificate, or diploma are eligible to apply for a BFA at RMCAD. This list only includes programs with direct transferability. You can access RMCAD’s full program list here.