High School Credit

High school classes are offered year-round at the Kansas City Art Institute through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. All classes give fine art instruction while working with any skill level. Classes align with the KCAI Foundation Year and are designed to give a preview of what art school life is like. Studio classes in ceramics, fiber, sculpture and woodworking take place in the collegiate studio space. Please call 816-802-3333 with questions about the class schedule.

Each semester, select courses are offered for one hour of college credit with an additional fee. Students are encouraged to take credit classes in sets of three; three hours of college credit are typically equivalent to one college class.

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Credit

Students who earn AP credit during high school may apply the credits to KCAI degree requirements within the guidelines indicated below. KCAI must have the official AP transcript before transfer credit can be granted.

Art History

  1. Students must obtain a minimum score of a 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive 3 semester credits, which will be applied to a liberal arts elective requirement or the open elective requirement.
  3. The credit hours cannot be applied to the art history prerequisite courses, Western Art I and Western Art II.

Liberal Arts

1. Students must obtain a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
2.  Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to a liberal arts elective
     requirement or the open elective requirement.
3.  The credit hours cannot be applied to the liberal arts prerequisites courses, Writing
     Workshop, Western Thought I, or Western Thought II.

Studio Art Courses

  1. Students must receive a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to the open elective requirement. The credit hours can be applied to a studio elective requirement only with permission from the student’s departmental chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

Approved AP courses for credit

Art History
Art-Drawing
Art-General
Biology (non-lab)
Computer Science
English Language/Composition
English Literature/Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French, German, Spanish, or Latin (Language course)
History
U.S. Government and Political Science
Math
Music Theory
Psychology
Statistics

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students who earn CLEP credit prior to attending KCAI may apply the credits to KCAI degree requirements following the guidelines indicated below. KCAI must have the official CLEP transcript before transfer credit can be granted.

1.  A maximum of 15 CLEP credit hours can be applied to KCAI degree requirements.

2.  Application of credit is based upon a minimum score of 50 on each subject exam with the exception of the following exams, French-2 (minimum score-62), German-2 (minimum score-63), and Spanish-2 (minimum score-66).  Students will earn 3 semester credit hours for each exam they received an acceptable score.

3.  KCAI accepts credit by examination awarded by other colleges to transfer students provided they meet the above standards.

Approved CLEP subject examinations (left column) and KCAI equivalents (right column)

American Literature                                                                      Literature
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature                                           Literature
Freshman College Composition                                                   Writing Workshop
English Composition                                                                    Writing Workshop
English Composition w/Essay                                                      Writing Workshop
English Literature                                                                          Literature
Humanities                                                                                    Liberal Arts Elective
College Algebra                                                                             Liberal Arts Elective
College Algebra – Trigonometry                                                    Liberal Arts Elective
Biology                                                                                          Science
Chemistry                                                                                      Science
Pre-Calculus                                                                                  Liberal Arts Elective
Calculus                                                                                         Liberal Arts Elective
College Mathematics                                                                     Liberal Arts Elective
Natural Sciences                                                                            Science
Trigonometry                                                                                  Liberal Arts Elective
French – Level 1                                                                             Liberal Arts Elective
French – Level 2                                                                             Liberal Arts Elective
German – Level 1                                                                           Liberal Arts Elective
German – Level 2                                                                           Liberal Arts Elective
Spanish – Level 1                                                                           Liberal Arts Elective
Spanish – Level 2                                                                           Liberal Arts Elective
American Government                                                                   Social Science
Intro to Ed. Psychology                                                                  Social Science
History of the U.S. I                                                                        History
History of the U.S. II                                                                       History
Human Growth and Dev.                                                                Social Science
Principles of Macroeconomics                                                       Liberal Arts Elective
Principles of Microeconomics                                                        Liberal Arts Elective
Intro to Psychology                                                                         Social Science
Social Science and History                                                             Social Science or History
Intro to Sociology                                                                            Social Science
History of the U.S. I                                                                         History
Intro to Sociology                                                                            Social Science
W. Civilization I                                                                                W. Thought I
W. Civilization II                                                                               W. Thought II
Principles of Accounting                                                                 Open Elective
Intro to Business Law                                                                      Open Elective
Info Systems and Comp. App                                                         Open Elective
Principles of Management                                                              Open Elective
Principles of Marketing                                                                   Open Elective
Intro to Sociology                                                                            Social Science
W. Civilization I                                                                                W. Thought I
W. Civilization II                                                                               W. Thought II
Financial Accounting                                                                      Open Elective
CLEP Financial Accounting                                                            Open Elective

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB)

Students who earn IB credit during high school may apply the credits to KCAI degree requirements within the guidelines indicated below.  KCAI must have the official IB transcript before transfer credit can be granted. The first three IB credit hours will always be applied to the open elective requirement.

Liberal Arts 

  1. Students must obtain a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to a liberal arts elective requirement or the open elective requirement.
Studio Art Courses
  1. Students must receive a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to the open elective requirement. The credit hours can be applied to a studio elective requirement only with permission from the student’s departmental chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

Approved IB courses for credit (other courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Economics – Liberal Arts
Geography – Liberal Arts
History – Liberal Arts
Islamic History – Liberal Arts
Philosophy – Liberal Arts
Psychology – Liberal Arts
Social and Cultural Anthropology – Liberal Arts
Business and Management – Open Elective
Information Technology in a Global Society – Open Elective
Biology – Liberal Arts
Chemistry – Liberal Arts
Design Technology – Open Elective
Environmental Systems – Liberal Arts
Physics – Liberal Arts
Mathematics – Liberal Arts
Computer Science – Open Elective
Foreign Language – Liberal Arts
Greek – Liberal Arts
Latin – Liberal Arts
Music (Performance based) – Open Elective
Theatre Arts – Open Elective
Visual Arts – Studio