Professional Practice


KCAI’s professional practice presentation series compliments┬áthe studio portion of the professional practice program by providing highly focused and enlightening discussions on professional core competencies for B.F.A. degree candidates. This program also creates networking opportunities between students and the presenters, who are knowledgeable entrepreneurs, distinguished artists, and engaged professionals in their fields.

2016 Seminar Topics

The one-credit-hour professional practice course is required for all senior fine arts majors. Students are expected to attend all professional practice studio sessions, as well as the Thursday presentation sessions. Together, they provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge for career success.

Senior Professional Practice Seminar Topics:

September 1 Grad School Advice | with artist and painting faculty, Jonah Criswell
September 15 Freelancing | with owner and operator of Polyform Design, Rhianna Weilert
September 29 Understanding Taxes for Artists | with tax guru to Kansas City artists, Dean Vivian
October 13 The Commercial Gallery | with owner and operator of Haw Contemporary, Bill Haw Jr.
October 29 The Entrepreneurial Mindset | with entrepreneur and app developer, Quest Taylor
November 10 Making Space After KCAI | a presentation by AACS Career Advisor, Ari Fish


Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop
This workshop is for all academic levels, but is ideal for those seeking part-time or full-time employment, or applying for a competitive internship.

Courting Opportunities: From searching and applying, to following up
This workshop is ideal for Juniors and Seniors wanting to better prepare themselves for applying for career opportunities, residencies, exhibition proposals, etc. We will review resources and go over tips and tricks in applying for opportunities.

Effective Communication: From the interview to public speaking
This workshop is for all academic levels and is ideal for those preparing to interview for opportunities. We will review tips and tricks of effective speaking and how to control your nerves for a smooth and successful delivery. Students will directly engage in speaking exercises.

The Basics of Starting a Business
This workshop is ideal for entrepreneurial minded students of all academic levels, but is ideal for seniors preparing to graduate. Students will learn the very basics of establishing a business, understand how to avoid pitfalls and protect themselves in the early stages of business ownership. We will briefly cover financial and marketing basics of a first year business.

Senior Workshop: Life After KCAI
This workshop is exclusive to seniors wanting to discuss post grad life with a select group of KCAI Alumni spanning 30 years. Students will also hear from financial aid about post grad financial literacy, more specifically financial resources and tips and tricks to consider after graduation.