Make it real and Apply to KCAI

As a serious student who is passionate about your art, we want you to make the dreams for your future a reality and apply to KCAI. All applicants must have completed a recognized, secondary school program or equivalency.

The most important criterion for admission is your potential for success. The admissions committee seeks serious and motivated students willing to take creative risks. The committee understands that each student’s level of imagination, innovation and academic achievement is highly individual. Therefore, each applicant is holistically evaluated with sensitivity and open-mindedness.

To start, set up a personal KCAI account. Then you can begin filling out your application and submit it with your application fee.

For international students, start your KCAI application here.

If you have any questions about how to apply, please fill out the admissions inquiry form.

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Please send official transcripts and test scores to:
Kansas City Art Institute
Office of Admissions
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Admission Dates + Deadlines

Submitting your application and supporting materials before the deadline gives the KCAI Admissions office an opportunity to work closely with you and your family. KCAI has a rolling admissions process and after our posted deadlines, application and scholarship review will occur on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Admission

December 1 Priority Deadline for Early Scholarship Review
February 1 Freshmen Deadline
March 1 Transfer Students Deadline
May 1 Fall Deposit Deadline *

Spring Admission

November 1 Freshmen and Transfer Students Deadline
January 15 Spring Deposit Deadline *

* All new students are required to pay a $250 tuition deposit to hold their space and enroll in classes. This deposit is applied to your total tuition and is refundable prior to May 1 for fall or Jan. 15 for spring. After May 1 or Jan. 15, the tuition deposit is forfeited if you choose not to enroll.

Transfer Students

KCAI strongly takes into consideration new applicants who have advanced academic and studio experience. We value students who choose to transfer into our undergraduate program and bring their unique educational perspective. In order for a new transfer student to receive a B.F.A degree from KCAI, they must complete our minimum residency requirement of four, full-time semesters. Find out more.

International Students

KCAI warmly welcomes international students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents to apply for admission to KCAI. Please follow the application guidelines here.

Special Status Students

KCAI offers the opportunity to enroll in degree courses on a semester basis, whether one’s goal is to strengthen their portfolio to pursue a Master’s degree, build their personal knowledge, and/or expand their skill sets. As a special status student, you would apply as a transfer student, though your portfolio and statement of purpose must clearly reflect and identify your goals during your time at KCAI. While no scholarships are offered for this part time coursework, once admitted and enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours, you would receive a partial discount off the per credit hour cost. Please contact for further details.


Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

It is the policy of KCAI to provide equal employment and learning opportunities to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, parental status, veteran status, disability or any other basis as required by federal, state or local law.