AICAD Exchange + Consortium Partners

The AICAD exchange program is a semester-long exchange program where students can earn KCAI course credit while attending a different AICAD school. Students continue to pay tuition to KCAI and may use KCAI financial aid and scholarships, though host school’s fees may apply.

As a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), KCAI offers you the unique opportunity to attend another AICAD school for one semester at no additional cost or loss of credit through the AICAD Exchange program. By sharing resources and facilities, AICAD Exchange offers students the experience and benefit of studying at a different school and living in a different geographic area. There are approximately 35 AICAD colleges within the U.S. and Canada offering unparalleled educational opportunities to students at AICAD schools.

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  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Junior status (60 or more credit hours completed)
  • Full-time student status the semester prior to and semester of the proposed exchange
  • Good academic and financial standing
  • Competitive application process


Spring Exchange:
Request for participation due to registrar’s office: September 15
Application and required materials due to AICAD: October 1

Fall Exchange:
Request for participation due to registrar’s office: March 1
Application and required materials due to AICAD: March 15

Consortium Partners

In addition to our exchange partners, KCAI has several special agreements and relationships with various schools within the U.S. and around the world. Consortium partnerships allow you to receive benefits such as special tuition discounts and exclusive consortium scholarships at the host school.  Our consortium partners offer semester long, summer, and post-grad programs. Academic credits earned may be transfered to KCAI.


  • Vary by program


  • Semester-long programs will require a student to take a leave of absence from KCAI. This does not apply to short-term programs that take place between KCAI semesters.
  • Tuition and fees are paid directly to the host school.
  • KCAI financial aid may not be used. Students will need to investigate alternative scholarships and funding resources.
  • Transfer credit must be approved by your academic advisor and department chair prior to travel.