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Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute offers about 600 students specialized programs in art, while also ensuring students exposure to the liberal arts.

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The Kansas City Art Institute offers about 600 students specialized programs in art, while also ensuring students exposure to the liberal arts.

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Welcome to the Kansas City Art Institute, a four-year, independent, fully accredited college of art and design offering the bachelor of fine arts degree in a variety of disciplines. This great institution has a stellar history, dating back to its origins in 1885.

Whether you are visiting our website because you are thinking of applying for admission, or you want to contribute funds for student scholarships, or because you simply want to know more about our programs, I want to welcome you and encourage you to make an actual as well as virtual visit to our beautiful campus. I look forward to meeting you.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 739
Gender 36% Male / 64% Female
Geography 39% In State / 61% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 38% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 64%
Multi-racial 6%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 14%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $230.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

20% of students live on-campus.

90% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring reduced course load writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, dorms dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available computer repair service available on campus
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling adult (re-entering) student services/programs veteran's counselor minority students services alcohol/substance abuse counseling
  • Facilities: gallery for contemporary artists.
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired wheelchair accessibility comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major visiting/exchange student program independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Painting (15%), Illustration (14%), Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects (13%), Photography (11%), Sculpture (11%), Graphic Design (10%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Archivists
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
Curators
Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by producing art works out of clay and similar materials. Includes instruction in handbuilt and wheelthrown techniques; molding; slips and glazes; trimming and decorating; firing and kiln operation; oxidation; mixed media; ceramic murals; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. Includes instruction in theory of film, film technology and equipment operation, film production, film directing, film editing, cinematographic art, film audio, techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos, media technologies, computer image making, multi-media production, and the planning and management of film/video operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Film and Video Editors
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

A program that focuses on the process and techniques of original composition in various literary forms such as the short story, poetry, the novel, and others. Includes instruction in technical and editorial skills, criticism, and the marketing of finished manuscripts.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.
Editors
Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.
Writers and Authors
Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by constructing art works from woven or non-woven fabrics and fibrous materials. Includes instruction in weaving techniques and loom operation; non-woven techniques such as knitting, coiling, netting, and crocheting; quilting; dyeing and pigmentation; printing and other finishing techniques; pattern design; tapestry; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Any instructional program in film/video and photographic arts not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by rendering art concepts onto surfaces and transferring images, via ink or dyes, onto paper or fabric. Includes instruction in monochrome and color printing; tonality; chemistry; equipment set-up and maintenance; techniques such as serigraphy, lithography, intaglio, woodcut, block, stencil, relief, etching, and composite; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs.

Job Opportunities:

Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Administration & Faculty

President Jacqueline Chanda
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 56
Student : Faculty Ratio 10 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 60 : 39
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 46
Tenure Track Faculty 28
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 25
International Faculty 1

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Biology 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus AB 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus BC 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Chemistry 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Chinese Language and Culture 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Comparative Government and Politics 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Computer Science A 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP English Language and Composition 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP English Literature and Composition 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Environmental Science 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP European History 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP French Language and Culture 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP German Language and Culture 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Human Geography 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Italian Language and Culture 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Latin 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Macroeconomics 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Microeconomics 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Music Theory 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Physics B 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Psychology 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Spanish Language and Culture 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP Statistics 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP United States Government and Politics 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP United States History 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit
AP World History 4.0 Liberal Arts elective or Open elective Pass / No Credit

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 64.3% accepted of 619 applications

67% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
34% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
2% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite20 - 27
English21 - 29
Math18 - 25
 
SATMath450 - 530
Reading480 - 600
Writing410 - 550

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Talent Ability, Standardized Test Scores, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Application Essay

Important: Level Of Applicants Interest, Interview, Recommendations

Also Considered: Work Experience, Character Personal Qualities, Volunteer Work, Extracurricular Activities, Class Rank

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Visual Performing Arts 0 4
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Social Studies 0 3
Academic Electives 0 3

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $26,585 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $20,529
$30K-$48K $18,876
$48K-$75K $23,054
$75K-$110K $25,760
$110K+ $28,790

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $33,112, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,112 Same as On-Campus
Fees $600 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,650 $5,000
Books $2,000 $2,000
Total (before financial aid) $45,362 $40,712

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 77% $6,596
Federal Scholarships/Grants 38% $5,207
Institutional Grants 99% $16,910
Other Federal Grants 15% $1,536
Other Loans 8% $10,798
Pell Grants 38% $4,579
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 18% $2,152
Student Loans 77% $7,715

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.kcai.edu/cost-financing/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.kcai.edu/cost-financing/.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

56% of students graduated on time.

57% of students graduated in six years.

74% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

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