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Kansas City Art Institute

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4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
64111 US



816 802 3543


The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at



Enrolled Students


Class Size Undergraduate


Tuition Undergraduate

$30,000 or higher


Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing


All applicants are considered for merit based scholarships. Scholarship decisions are made based on an applicant's portfolio and academic achievements. A high school transcript, a college transcript if applicable, and a standardized test score are required.

Financial Aid

KCAI wants to help students and their families make their education accessible. In fact, 95 percent of KCAI students receive some sort of financial assistance through scholarships, grants and loans.

Application Procedure

Complete and submit the application form and include a non-refundable $35 application fee for applications postmarked or time-stamped prior to midnight eastern time May 1. The application fee for applications postmarked or time-stamped after midnight eastern time May 1 is $50.

Compile your portfolio for review. All applicants are required to have a portfolio review by an admissions counselor. Students who wish to transfer as a sophomore or junior into a major department also will have their portfolio reviewed by a counselor. In addition, CDs, DVDs, photographs or slides must be submitted to KCAI for permanent portfolio reference.

Request two letters of recommendation from teachers, a high school counselor or professional artist or employer.

Request official transcripts, containing the official school seal, be mailed directly to the KCAI admissions office from each high school and/or college previously attended. A GED is a suitable substitute for a high school diploma. Request that official copies of GED scores be mailed to the KCAI admissions office.

Test scores are required for admission for all first-year students and some transfer students. Submit standardized test scores from either Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) to the office of admissions. A minimum combined score of 1420 is required for the SAT (or 950 without the writing test), and a minimum composite score of 20 is required for the ACT. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted by international students or by U.S. citizens whose first language is not English. A minimum paper TOEFL score of 550, a minimum electronic score of 213 or a minimum of 79-80 on the Internet-based TOEFL is required.

Prepare a statement of purpose, a brief one-page or two-page essay providing insight into your goals, interests, educational and artistic background.

Feb. 1: Freshman first scholarship postmark deadline

March 1: Transfer applicant first scholarship postmark deadline; Freshman second scholarship postmark deadline

April 1: Transfer applicant second scholarship postmark deadline; Freshman third scholarship postmark deadline

Undergraduate Programs

art history
digital filmmaking
digital media
graphic design
studio art with an emphasis on creative writing

Graduate Programs


Continuing Education

As part of the Kansas City Art Institute and by serving a broad community of learners, we encourage and cultivate exploration of the art and design world through personal and professional development.

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies understands the challenges of taking classes on top of the rest of life’s busy schedule, so we have convenient class times including daytime, evening, weekend and extended summer options.

The school has special opportunities for art educators, for high-school students thinking about majoring in art and design in college and for professionals and part-time students interested in certificate programs in topics such as multimedia studies and desk-top publishing.

In addition, the School for Continuing and Professional Studies now has two locations to better serve the community – our main campus at 4415 Warwick Blvd. in midtown Kansas City and our Northland campus, just five minutes from downtown over the Broadway Bridge, at 1801 N.W. Platte Rd., Suite 275 in Riverside, Mo.

Alumni Association

On Campus Clubs

Student Assembly
Xenos Society
Sculpture Club
Print Club
BACC: Black Artist Culture and Community
A QUILTBAG APP: Aromantic, queer, undecided, intersex, lesbian, transgender, asexual, gay ally, polyamorous, panromantic
LOCAL: Latino Organization for Culture, Arts, and Languag
Jam Club
Alternative Means

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