Off Campus Studies

Art has no boundaries

Art is truly a universal language that connects and unites us all. That’s why KCAI students are encouraged to learn beyond our campus and experience other cultures. There is no greater influence for cultivation of new ideas than personal observation and experience with perspectives beyond our own.

Japan's culture is everywhere -- both in terms of philosophy and history, and as a fan of both, I relished every walk and train ride.

Taylor Fourt
Illustration, 2016

Semester Programs

Students may choose to study for a semester at one of the several participating art and design colleges in the U.S. or overseas. The exchange semester normally takes place during the junior year. Participating domestic colleges include other colleges within the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

KCAI also participates in the New York Studio Residency Program offered through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Students selected for the program have the opportunity to spend a semester working in a studio located in the DUMBO district of Brooklyn, N.Y. (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). The program opens the door to networking opportunities with internationally known New York-based artists and students from all over the United States.

Faculty-led travel programs

Each year, faculty members lead several 3-5 week long trips overseas, as well as to other locations in the U.S., allowing students to experience firsthand the rich artistic and cultural heritage around the country and the world while earning credit towards their degree. Recent destinations have included Hungary, France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. See the recent programs.


Additional Opportunities

Additional opportunities include study with our consortium members, Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and Parsons Paris in France. Consortium memberships allow our students to receive special tuition discounts and exclusive consortium scholarships at the host school. New internships are also being created abroad, such as the Studio Nong International Internship in China.

Our students also participate in programs at Penland, Ox-bow, Anderson Ranch, and Skowhegan.

For additional support, please contact Global Studies.

Local Exchange Program

KCAI has agreements with local colleges and universities through the Kansas City Area School Exchange (KCASE) program that allows students to take one class per semester at a participating school. This program allows KCAI students to access classes not available at KCAI. Contact the KCAI Registrar’s Office for additional information about this opportunity.

Participating Schools

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Rockhurst University
  • Penn Valley Community College
  • Longview Community College
  • Maple Woods Community College
  • Blue River Community College
  • Park University
  • William Jewell College