KCAI is organized into four schools: the School of the Foundation Year, the first-year program for entering freshman students; the School of Liberal Arts; the School of Fine Arts; and the School of Design and Electronic Arts.
The School of the Foundation Year provides the essential technical and conceptual philosophy that serves as an important cornerstone for young artists, while we prepare you for the next three years at KCAI. The School of the Foundation Year consists of a common curriculum that all freshmen at the college are required to follow.
The School of Liberal Arts provides the general course work we believe is critical to the education of young artists, from freshman through senior year. The school also offers majors in art history and studio art with an emphasis in creative writing.
The departments of ceramics, fiber, painting, printmaking and sculpture make up the School of Fine Arts. This school emphasizes the tradition of self-expression as the motivation for art-making, while providing learning opportunities across traditional art-making boundaries.
The School of Design and Electronic Arts prepares students to grow with rapidly developing professional fields relating to animation, digital filmmaking, digital media, graphic design, illustration and photography. These programs explore how these disciplines create rich communications and tell important stories, emphasizing visual form, process and “the architecture of experience.”
The Kansas City Art Institute's viewbook provides an overview of KCAI's academic programs, students, faculty, alumni and campus.
Interested in continuing education classes at KCAI? Visit the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.
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