Admissions Events

We host events on campus throughout the year, offering prospective students, their families and instructors opportunities to experience our studios and meet students and faculty. Our Admissions team also travels around the country throughout the year to attend National Portfolio Day Association events, high school and community college portfolio days, college fairs, and KCAI hosted events.

KCAI Events On Campus

Early Applicant Preview

This event is for current high school seniors and transfer students. If you do not fit this criterion, please join us for one of our information sessions listed below.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
 10 AM – 4 PM

4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas, MO 64111
(Check-in begins at 9:30 AM)

Receive feedback on your work, meet one-on-one with your Admissions Counselor, have an applicant review and see if you qualify for early acceptance at KCAI.

On this day you and your family can also:
  • tour our campus, facilities & living center
  • visit studios
  • meet faculty & students
  • envision your creative future


If you would like to be considered for the Fall 2018 entering class, submit your application online at, no later than October 1, 2017, and bring the following items with you to this event, for review by our senior admissions team:
  • Portfolio (10 examples of your best and most recent artwork)
  • Official high school or college transcript (please note that unofficial copies will be accepted on a case-by-case basis)
  • Test scores (unofficial ACT or SAT results)

If you would like to attend our Early Applicant Preview,  please RSVP here

For questions please contact us at or 800-522-5224.  


Information Sessions

We offer monthly information sessions during which you can see a presentation from admissions and financial aid, take a campus tour and meet with an admissions representative for a portfolio review and/or consultation. Each information session typically begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes by 2 p.m. Please schedule a campus visit to confirm your attendance for an upcoming information session.

Fall 2017 Information Sessions are as follows:
  • Friday, August 25
  • Saturday, September 23
  • Friday, November 3
  • Saturday, December 2

KCAI Events Near You

Our admissions team will be participating in the events listed below. Please join our mailing list so we can keep you updated when we’re going to be in your area.

Kansas City Private High Schools’ College Fair 7-Sep Thur 6:30-8:30pm Rockhurst High School
Tulsa College Connection 10-Sep Sun 1-3:30pm Tulsa Fairgrounds
Union College Night 11-Sep Mon 6:30-8pm Union High School
Liberty North College Fair 12-Sep Tue 6:30-8pm Liberty North High School
West County Private Schools College Fair 17-Sep Sun 2-4pm Christian Brothers College High School
KC Metro College Expo 18-Sep Mon 6-8pm Ritz Charles
St. Louis West County Regional College Fair (MOACAC) 18-Sep Mon 6:30-8pm Queeny Park Greensfelder Recreation Center
Vianney’s Annual College Night 19-Sep Tue 6-7:30pm St. John Vianney High School
Collaborative College Fair at SLCC-Meramec (MOACAC) 20-Sep Wed 6-7:30pm St. Louis Community College Gymnasium
KC Scholars Postsecondary Network College Fair 20-Sep Wed 6-8:30pm Kauffman Foundation
St. Charles County College Fair 21-Sep Thurs 6-7:30pm St. Charles Community College Gym
Denver NPD 23-Sep Sat 11:56 AM Rocky Montain College of Art+Design
Des Moines NPD 24-Sep Sun 1:30-5:30pm Des Moines Social Club
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts College Fair 25-Sep Mon 9-11am The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs AR
CAPS College Fair (Central AR Private Schools) 25-Sep Mon 6-8pm University of Arkansas Little Rock
Arts College Night at Denver School of the Arts 25-Sep Mon 4-6pm Denver School of the Arts
Hazelwood College and Career Fair 26-Sep Tues 6:30-8pm Hazelwood Central
Lee’s Summit North Arts and Communications Career Panel Day 27-Sep Wed 9:30-10:45am Lee’s Summit North
HSPVA! 29-Sep Fri 8a-3:30pm HSPVA
Austin NPD 30-Sep Sat 11a-3pm JW Marriott Austin
Indianapolis NPD 30-Sep Sat 1-5pm Herron School of art and design
Dallas NPD 1-Oct Sun 12-4pm Hilton Anatole Imperial Ballroom
NACAC Chicago PVA Fair 3-Oct Tues 6:30-9pm UIC Forum
Four States Regional College Fair 4-Oct Wed 5:30-7pm Missouri Southern State University
Cincinnati NPD 7-Oct Sat 12-4pm Art Academy of Cincinnati
NACAC St. Louis PVA Fair 7-Oct Sat 1-3pm Webster University Grant Gymnasium
Cleveland NPD 8-Oct Sun 1-5pm Cleveland Institute of Art
Minneapolis NPD 8-Oct Sun 12-4pm Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Blue Springs School District College Fair 9-Oct Mon 6:30-8pm Blue Springs South High School
Lawrence College Night 9-Oct Mon 6:30-8pm Lied Center of Kansas
Perpich Portfolio Day 9-Oct Mon 11a-4pm Perpich
Lee’s Summit R-7 College Night 10-Oct Tue 6:30-8pm John Knox Pavillion
NACAC Kansas City PVA Fair 10-Oct Tue 6:30-8:30pm Metro Community College-Penn Valley
Missouri Western State University College Fair 10-Oct Tue 9-11am Griffon Indoor Sports Complex
Shawnee Mission College Clinic 11-Oct Wed 5-8:30pm Shawnee Mission East High School
Wauwatosa West Mini Portfolio Day 11-Oct Wed 8:30 AM Wauwatosa West High School
Topeka College and Career Day 12-Oct Thur 1-3pm Exhibition Hall, Kansas Expocentre
Wauwatosa East 13-Oct Fri 8a-3pm Wauwatosa East High School
Little Rock Portfolio Day 14-Oct Sat 12-4pm Arkansas Arts Center
Milwaukee NPD 14-Oct Sat 10a-2pm Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Chicago NPD 15-Oct Sun 10a-2pm School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Marwen’s College Fair 16-Oct Mon 5:30-7pm Marwen in Chicago
Aldrich Portfolio Day 17-Oct Tues 3-7pm Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Battle High School College Fair 18-Oct Wed 5:30-7:30pm Battle High School
Greenfield Community College Portfolio Day 19-Oct Thurs 9a-1pm Greenfield Community College
Oxbow Portfolio Day 20-Oct TBD 10-3pm Napa, CA
Los Angeles NPD 21-Oct Sat 11a-3pm California Institute of the Arts
Boston NPD 22-Oct Sun 12-4pm Hynes Convention Center
NACAC Kansas City National College Fair 24-Oct Tues 8:30-11:30am Kansas City Convention Center
Excelsior Springs High School College Fair 26-Oct Thur 9-10:30am Excelsior Springs High School
KY Governor’s School College and Career Day 27-Oct Fri DuPont Manual
Richmond NPD 28-Oct Sat 1-5pm Virginia Commonwealth University
St. Louis NPD 29-Oct Sun 12-4pm Washington University
Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day 3-Nov Fri 4-8pm Poughkeepsie, NY
Philadelphia NPD 5-Nov Sun 12-4pm Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall A
Charlotte NPD 11-Nov Sat 12-4pm Hilton-Charlotte Executive Park
New York NPD 12-Nov Sun 12-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Booker T College Showcase 15-Nov Wed Statler Hotel, Dallas TX
Washington DC NPD 18-Nov Sat 12-4pm Washington DC
Baltimore NPD 19-Nov Sun 1-5pm Maryland Institute, College of Art
Phoenix NPD 2-Dec Sat 12-4pm Mesa Community College
Albuquerque NPD 3-Dec Sun 12-4pm Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel
Seattle NPD 6-Jan Sat 11a-3pm Cornish College of the Arts
Portland NPD 7-Jan Sun 12-4pm Pacific Northwest College of Art
New Orleans NPD 13-Jan Sat 11a-3pm Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport
San Diego NPD 13-Jan Sat 12-4pm Westin San Diego
San Francisco NPD 14-Jan Sun 12-4pm California College of the Arts
Dreyfoos 17-Jan Wed 8:30a-3:30pm Dreyfoos gym
OK Statewide Portfolio Day 19-Jan Fri Oklahoma City Museum
Miami NPD 20-Jan Sat 12-4pm Miami Dade College
Sarasota NPD 21-Jan Sun 12-4pm Ringling College of Art and Design