KCAI and North Kansas City schools to offer dual-credit program in art

15 February 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 15, 2011) — The Kansas City Art Institute and the North Kansas City School district have joined together to provide dual-credit studio art classes for North Kansas City high school students. The program will launch this fall. It will be the first time KCAI has partnered with area high schools to offer a dual-credit program. 

“Students enrolled in the program will have an opportunity to earn up to seven college credits while receiving a significant discount on the regular credit-hour tuition fee,” said Tabitha Schmidt, director of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at KCAI. “We are referring to it as a dual-enrollment program, while within the North Kansas City School District, it is known as the AP Studio Art program.”
She said courses are foundational in the first semester, while in the second semester students may choose an emphasis in drawing, 2-D or 3-D work. Most students participating in the program will take courses in both semesters, she said.
AP Studio Art courses will be taught by approved art faculty in North Kansas City high schools. Students will be able to complete two credit hours in the fall and another two credit hours in the spring. They may then earn three additional credits without additional cost if they score a four or higher on the AP placement exam and apply to and are accepted for admission by KCAI.
“AP Studio Art courses are designed to fulfill the requirements of the College Board program of study,” said Mark Alan Anderson, visual arts coordinator for the North Kansas City School District and fine art department chair at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo.
“AP Studio Art is a challenging and rigorous course that has at its core the exploration and generation of a substantial body of very high quality student artworks, ideas and conceptual approaches,” Anderson said. “In North Kansas City Schools, coursework is expected to be at the college level in terms of its quality in subject, content and form. Success in AP Studio Art requires a strong commitment from the teacher, the school, the home and highly motivated students.”

He noted that content is divided into three sections. Section I requires students to complete five artworks that demonstrate concepts, composition, technical skills and the realization of artistic intent. Section II requires students to complete 12 artworks, representing a body of work reflecting the student’s interest in an idea expressed in visual terms. The works must be photographed and submitted as digital files. Section III requires the student to complete another 12 artworks, showing evidence of an ability to work on a wide range of art problems. As for Section II, the works must be documented and submitted as digital files. (Fewer works are required for 3-D design portfolio programs.)

To enroll in the program, high school students in the North Kansas City School District must be a high school junior or senior; have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average; be recommended by a school art teacher or counselor; complete the required paperwork for registration and payment; understand that the course will be demanding but rewarding; and participate in discussions with KCAI staff regarding their portfolio and development.
The per-credit-hour tuition for students who participate in the program is $150, which represents a roughly 85 percent discount compared to the regular KCAI credit-hour fee of $1,244.
For more information about the program, contact Tabitha Schmidt at tschmidt@kcai.edu or 816-802-3445 or Mark Anderson at manderso@nkcsd.k12.mo.us or 816-413-6863.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
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 www.kcai.edu.
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Contact: Anne Canfield, 816-802-3426 or acanfield@kcai.edu