Academic Advising + Support

Student Support Advisors (SSA) help students make the most of their experience at KCAI. The SSA is an academic advisor and academic support advisor, but also a mentor and advocate. Together, they identify educational goals and navigate a path to reach realistic plans for the student’s academic career. 

We encourage a collaborative relationship with the student, with the intention to guide the student toward accepting responsibility for meaningful decision making, learning, development, and academic success at KCAI.

Contact Us

Academic Advising

  • Schedule and degree planning
  • Individual meetings
  • Group presentations
  • Educational experiences

Academic Support

  • Learning strategies
  • Individual meetings
  • Group presentations
  • Referral to campus resources


Contact your Academic Advisor for help in the following areas: 

  • Time-management strategies and stress management
  • Setting academic goals
  • Note-taking tips and organization
  • Study strategies and writing approaches
  • Accessing campus resources, ESL services, disability services and accommodations

Visit the Language & Learning Lab

The Language & Learning Lab is located on the second floor of DeBruce Hall and staffed by students trained to assist peers with writing, research learning, and study skills. Assistance is offered both in-person and virtually. 

Amanda Hajdu

Director of Student Support and Advisor for Foundation, Animation, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Photography, and Product Design


Danielle Bentley

Student Support Advisor for Ceramics, Fiber, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture

Coordinator of the First Generation Student Program


Jessica Castañeda

Assistant Director of Student Support and Advisor for Illustration

Coordinator of Disability Services and Academic Support