Each summer and winter intersession, KCAI offers students the opportunity to earn credits studying off-campus with KCAI faculty.
When you participate in a faculty-led travel program, you will study and travel with a group of fellow KCAI students in a unique program designed by the faculty members who are leading your program. Previous destinations have included: Santa Fe, N.M.; New York; Florence, Italy; Hungary; Paris; and Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Faculty-led travel programs vary from year to year in order to provide students with a wide range of options and experiences. Application deadlines vary from program to program, so please be sure to read thoroughly all of the information associated with a trip in which you may be interested in participating. The deadlines listed in the information and application for each program are firm: Deadlines listed are the last possible moment when you can submit your application, program payments, etc.
Where we stay:
Located across the boulevard from one of Paris’s most beautiful parks, the Parc Montsouris in Paris’s 14th arrondissement, the Fondation des États-Unis is a private student residence and cultural center within the international community of the Cité international universitaire de Paris. The Paris metro station, “Cité Universitaire,” is right across the street. Tram and bus lines are also conveniently within a stone’s throw of the Fondation’s entrance. With the Navigo metro pass students are given, the cost of which is included in the program’s fee, students can get around Paris for free for the entire month of June, via metro, tram or bus.
Pictured above: Parc Montsouris
Where we go:
To the museums!
To the art!
Stephen Proski (painting and creative writing) finds his Doppelgänger at the Musée du Louvre
Andy Davis (painting and art history) finds his Doppelgänger at the Musée d'Orsay
To the food!
Roast chicken and aligot at l'Ambassade d'Auvergne
Happiness is l’aligot at l’Ambassade d’Auvergne
L'As du Falafel - The finest 6-Euro falafel on earth!
Shakespeare & Company in Paris!
Our first travel-writing workshop will take place upstairs at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.
Our excursion to Nantes!
Come see the mechanical elephant from a performance by the Royal de Luxe company of street performers based in Nantes!
You can also pick up a hard copy of the application from Dr. Phyllis Moore, whoseoffice is located in Baty House, on the second floor, in the liberal arts office. She would also be happy to email you a copy. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can speak to her with questions large or small by calling 816-802-3388. Allons-y, y'all!
Dr. Hal Wert and Molly Kaderka want to take you to Vietnam and Cambodia during winter intersession 2015. Make plans now to participate in this marvelous ASIAN ADVENTURE. The trip will commence on Dec. 29, 2014 and end on Jan. 20, 2015. The focus in Vietnam will be on the Viet Minh War with the French (1945-1954), the Vietnamese War with the United States (1954-1975), the ethnic groups of northern Vietnam, art, Buddhism and modernization. We will begin our journey in northern Vietnam visiting remote villages along the Vietnamese and Chinese border. Then, following the Ho Chi Minh Trail down from the northern mountains to the south, we arrive at the Mekong river delta. In southern Vietnam we will visit the famous Can Tho floating market, Chu Chi Tunnels, and the Cao Dai Temples. We will travel to Cambodia by speedboat, passing through the Sam Mountains, and the Tra Su forest.
The focus in Cambodia will be to familiarize you with the country as well as its ethic groups, Buddhism, art, and the history of the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge. We have put together an exciting itinerary that includes the spectacular temple ruins of Angkor Wat, visiting an orphanage, a traditional Cambodian shadow dance performance and fabulous museums!
You will be required to get a number of vaccinations, bring your vaccinations up-to-date, and receive a malaria prescription that you will take as prescribed while on the trip.
You must have a passport by Oct. 15, 2014 or sooner and it must not be within six months of the expiration date.
Faculty: Dr. Hal Wert, professor of Liberal Arts, and Molly Kaderka, instructor
We will also include a day trip for a white water-rafting adventure. The timing is perfect, as the high waters are swift and refreshing. It will be a nice break from studio work as the final kiln is being fired back at the ICS in Kecskemet.
Feb. 6, 2015 (Friday) - Application and required documents must be submitted to the academic affairs office, in the Jannes Library on the second floor, no later than 4 p.m. Additionally, A $250 non-refundable deposit is due in the KCAI business office, located on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall. If the student is not accepted into the program, this deposit will be refunded.
Feb. 9, 2015 (Monday) - Student selections will be made and confirmed via email
Feb. 25, 2015 (Wednesday) - A non-refundable payment of half of the total trip fee is due in the KCAI business office.
March 9, 2015 (Monday) - Full payment of the total trip fee is due in the KCAI business office.
May 18, 2015 (Monday) - Depart USA. Arrive in Budapest May 20, 2015. Return to USA June 21, 2015.
Our journey will begin with a stay in Shanghai, exploring the city for four days before we venture on to Jingdezhen.
Shanghai is a vibrant cultural center of China, embracing its past as well as its present. This port city, located on the Huangpo River, has a long history, but became known for the influx of Western culture in the early part of the 20th century leading to the city’s nickname, “Paris of the East.” From the mansions, social clubs and cathedrals built by westerners to the ancient temples, gardens and residences of old China, Shanghai displays is a distinctive blend of cultures. Students will learn of Shanghai’s cultural and artistic past through visits to the 400-year old Yuyuan Garden, the 3rd century Jing’an Temple and Qibao Ancient Town (established during the Northern Song Dynasty, 960-1127), which provides insights into China’s cricket culture and famous shadow puppet theater.
The Shanghai Museum will offer an exploration of ancient Chinese bronzes, calligraphy, paintings and especially the rich history of ceramics witnessed through their expansive collection. The study of the history of Chinese ceramics in Shanghai will be continued during visits to the Historical Kiln Museum and the Ceramic History Museum later in Jingdezhen. The arts have been a defining element of Shanghai, especially from the Qing Dynasty until the present day. The “Shanghai School” in the late 19th century and early 20th century challenged traditional Chinese painting, while the Shanghai Animation Film Studio produced innovative and memorable works in the following decades. Students will witness the vitality of the contemporary art scene in Shanghai, which is known for its many galleries and museums highlighting emerging and well-established contemporary Chinese artists. Visits to the Shanghai Animation and Comics Museum, the China Art Museum as well as the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will underscore the innovative and engaging nature of modern and contemporary Chinese art.
In the second leg of the trip we will travel to Jingdezhen, China, the “porcelain capital of the world,” where ceramics have been produced for about 2,000 years. While there, students will participate in a two-week “hands on” studio program located in the Education Center at The Pottery Workshop. The Pottery Workshop is an International Residency organization that hosts artists, students and teachers to experience life in Jingdezhen while producing art, specifically ceramics. The program provides accommodations for students to explore traditional Chinese methods and materials within the scope of a personalized studio practice.
During our time in Jingdezhen, students will have three weeks to design, produce and finish ceramic works inspired by their research during the first part of the trip to Shanghai. Studio work will be accomplished by actively working in the studio and by collaborating with area factories to prototype and produce self-directed artwork. Each student’s practice may take on a sculptural or functional format and will be guided through discussion with faculty in addition to individual and group critiques. Production methods will include throwing, mold-making and slip-casting processes with Chinese domestic Cone 13 porcelain, fired in a reduction kiln. There will be several workshops from area professionals demonstrating historical decorative techniques, such as blue and white cobalt painting and carving. Additionally, students will travel to other areas of the city to learn more specialized methods of ceramic production, destinations will include: the big pot-throwing and slip-casting factories, large tile factory, the ancient hammer mills, Yaoli Historical Ming Dynasty Scenic Area, Sanqing Mountain Scenic Area, the Ceramic History Museum, the Sanbao Cultural Center and Gallery and the ceramic shard market.
Travel throughout China is integral to the course content. Students will immerse themselves into the cultural traditions and histories of China. They will experience working with one the most beautiful porcelains in the world while learning traditional Chinese techniques. The artwork produced will result from the dialog created when western concepts and art-making practices intersect with eastern perspectives and techniques.
Art and Culture in China: Shanghai and Jingdezhen, 3 credit hours
This 3-credit liberal arts art history elective is taught by Jan Kennedy. In this course we will examine the art of China beginning with its emergence in the Neolithic period through modern times. We will discuss the great burial finds of the early dynasties in China through a discussion of bronze and ceramic art forms and see the development of art and architecture related to Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism). We will explore the variety of paintings and ceramics produced in the Song Dynasty and the periods that follow. Paintings, sculptures, bronzes, ceramics, jades and lacquerware will be examined as well as contemporary art and animations. We will take into consideration the various social, religious and cultural contexts under which the art was produced. This course will consist of lectures, readings, written assignments, and required visits to cultural sites and museums.
This art history course will focus on the art objects and architecture seen in and around the cities of Shanghai and Jingdezhen. Students will explore the historical significance of primary examples of Chinese art and culture as well as learn about modern and contemporary forms of art. The first part of the course will involve some class lectures and discussions, but the primary emphasis will be on visits to important cultural sites in Shanghai and museums where significant examples of Chinese art can be found. During our stay in Jingdezhen, lectures, discussions and visits to area museums will continue, deepening our engagement with Chinese art and culture. Class lectures and discussions, independent reading, on-site discussions during field trips, self-directed museum experiences and written assignments will be required.
Cultural Collaborations: Jingdezhen, China. 3 credit hours
This 3-credit ceramic open studio elective is a self-directed offering taught by Paul Donnelly and assisted by visiting and resident artists/teachers. This course will provide an introduction into the history and traditions of porcelain production in Jingdezhen, China, the Porcelain City. The class will be divided into two components: a “lecture” portion, which may include demonstrations, critiques, films and readings, and a “lab" component, in which students are engaged in the production of new work in the education studio at the Pottery Workshop and the Jingdezhen Sculpture Factory in China. Introductory ceramic experience is desirable but not necessary. This class will be conducted in English, and translators will be available to students while in Jingdezhen.
This course examines both the past and present history of ceramics and porcelain in China. Focus will be placed on creating a small series of porcelain work at the Education Center at the Pottery Workshop. This facility is located in a city that has been producing porcelain for almost 2,000 years through small, individualized factories employing specialized artisans with a diverse range of skills. Students will produce work on their own in addition to learning how to outsource and work collaboratively with artisans and specialists to produce artwork utilizing Jingdezhen’s vast resources. This class will also focus on different methods of glaze and surface treatment, along with a variety of building techniques. Students will spend two weeks in Jingdezhen working in the Sculpture Factory, meeting with local artists and designers, visiting museums and galleries, and attending weekly lectures and workshops taught by local artists. Concepts will be developed utilizing traditional techniques and processes to create dynamic sculptural or functional pieces. These pieces will be evaluated in both individual and group critiques throughout the semester. Students will also be exposed to historical and contemporary ceramic history through class presentations and readings, field trips and weekly artist lectures.
Total trip cost: $4,800 (6 credit hours)
(Students must take 6 credit hours due to the nature of this trip).)
Costs include tuition, lodging, material fees, museum fees, excursion/day trip fees, airfare in China and meals while in Jingdezhen. Students will be responsible for some travel costs while in China.
Important trip deadlines and additional inforomation
Friday, March13, 2015
Application and accompanying required documentation must be submitted to the academic affairs office in the Jannes Library, second floor, no later than 4 p.m., and a $1000 non-refundable deposit is due in the business office, located on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall. If the student is not accepted into the program, this deposit will be refunded.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Student selections will be made and confirmations via email.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Full payment of the total trip fee is due in the business office.
Monday, July 6, 2015: depart USA.
Aug. 1, 2015: return to USA
Passports and Visas:
If you are even thinking about going on this travel program and you do not have a passport, apply now. The process is presently taking six weeks or more for a passport. Once you have your passport you will need to secure a visa. This process will also take an additional six weeks. No passport/visa=no travel.
In order to be considered for the faculty-led travel program you must:
The number of students who can participate in this program is limited to 12. It is therefore in the best interest of all applying students to do their best work in filling out their application. All application materials must be turned in to the Academic Affairs Office by the deadline. (Incomplete applications will not be considered.) Course deposits must be paid to the business office by the deadline. There will be no exceptions to these conditions. As representatives of KCAI, students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and respectful manner. If a student is in good standing when accepted into the program but jeopardizes that status through inappropriate conduct prior to the start of the program, the student may be precluded from participating in the program. This prohibition may include forfeiture of all program fees previously paid.
Financial aid opportunities
The Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to participate in travel programs. As a participant you may receive a total of six hours of academic credit. Federal funding is available for this program through the Federal Stafford Loan Program; you must be admitted to the KCAI B.F.A. degree program and participate in the program for 6 credit hours in order to qualify. In addition, private alternative loans are available to those who qualify. In order to qualify for a Federal Stafford Loan you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
For more information or details, stop by the financial aid office or contact Lori Baer at 816-802-3558 or email@example.com.
Tips for international travel
You will meet with Paul Donnelly and Jan Kennedy several times prior to departure to complete all of your paperwork and prepare for travel in China. Below is a list of useful travel links. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend or family member in the U.S. so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
More information about consular assistance for victims of crime abroad can be found at:
The U.S. Department of State has also developed a travel website specifically geared towards U.S. students studying abroad. You can peruse their Student Study Abroad site at: http://www.studentsabroad.state.gov/
If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Jan Kennedy or Paul Donnelly.