Special Status Students

Perhaps you need to punch up your portfolio in aniticipation of applying to grad school. Maybe you are looking to beef up your resume with new skills. Whatever the case, KCAI accepts students on a special status basis. Here's what you need to know if that's you.

A significant number of students, both with and without previously earned B.A. or B.F.A. degrees from other colleges, have enrolled at the college in recent years. Some enroll for one or two semesters in order to strengthen their portfolios for application to a premier graduate school while others attend Kansas City Art Institute to refine their skills to qualify for a professional position.

These students, who usually concentrate their studies entirely in the studio, enroll under the "special student" status. They follow the regular application procedures and are required to have an interview with the chair of the department they wish to enter. These students are not enrolled in a graduate program nor are they seeking a degree. Instead, they are receiving credit for work that may or may not be recognized by another college or university. Students under "special student" status may be part time or full time. For more information call the admissions office at 800-522-5224.

Application 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 will be considered for admissions and scholarships after the priority deadlines on a space-available basis.


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 semesters 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.

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