Study Abroad & Exchange

Our exchange programs allow students to access classes and experiences not available on the KCAI campus. KCAI has agreements with local colleges and universities, AICAD schools throughout the U.S. and Canada and international institutions. Directed studies with KCAI faculty are also available.

Directed studies

Directed studies provide students the opportunity to craft a specialized learning experience with KCAI faculty. The directed study is intended to help students hone specific skills or allow them to explore an educational interest in depth.

Download the directed studies application.

Local College Exchange Programs

KCAI has agreements with local colleges and universities through the Kansas City Area School Exchange (KCASE). Read more.

New York Studio Residency Program

The Kansas City Art Institute participates in the New York Studio Residency Program offered through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Read more.

AICAD Mobility Program

Kansas City Art Institute maintains partnerships with the majority of AICAD schools in the U.S. and Canada where our students may apply to spend one semester studying off-campus at a partner AICAD school. Learn more.

International Exchange Programs

KCAI offers students the opportunity to study domestically or internationally for a semester at one of our participating exchange partners. Read more.

Student handbook

Download the student handbook for information about student services, degree requirements, the grading system, course reservations, academic appeals and academic standings.