Admissions

We’re looking for students who are as passionate about art and design as we are. Students who are ready to work hard and take some creative risks. Students who explore their imaginations to the fullest … and then further. Is it you?

International student May Castelnuovo (Israel) spends time with her classmates outside of KCAI's Living Center.

International Students

KCAI warmly welcomes international students from around the world. We honor diversity and multiculturalism on our campus, and highly value the cultural diversity international students bring to KCAI.

Check out our international nonimmigrant student admissions requirements.

(The admissions requirements for international students are different than the admissions requirements for domestic students - be sure to click on the link above to go to the international student admissions page.)

Admission priority deadlines

Admission priority deadlines

Fall admission

Feb. 1: Freshmen
March 1: Transfers

Spring admission

Nov. 1: Freshmen and transfers

You must complete your application for admission before these priority deadlines to ensure fullest consideration for scholarships. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered for admissions and scholarships on a space-available basis.

Notification

Applicants are notified of the admissions decision as soon as action is taken. Accepted students who plan to enroll at KCAI for the fall or spring semeesters are required to pay a $250 tuition deposit to hold their seats. This deposit is applied to tuition when a student enrolls and is refundable until May 1 for fall enrollment or Jan. 15 for spring enrollment. After May 1 or Jan. 15, if the student does not enroll, the tuition deposit is forfeited.

 

Download the KCAI Viewbook

Download the KCAI Viewbook

The Kansas City Art Institute's viewbook provides an overview of KCAI's academic programs,  students, faculty, alumni and campus.

Financing options

Financing options

Ninety-five percent of students at KCAI receive some type of financial aid. Find out more about how to make attending KCAI a reality.

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Virtual Advisor

Have questions about KCAI? Find the answers here.

Visit KCAI

Visit KCAI

The best way to know if the Kansas City Art Institute is right for you is to experience it. Schedule a tour today.