The Adult program at the Kansas City Art Institute's School for Continuing and Professional Studies truly embodies 'art for everyone'.  There are classes offered year round in every medium and for students of all skill levels.  

Classes are offered during the day, evenings and weekends to fit a variety of schedules. Not sure what to take? Visit us here for advice. Students are welcome to enroll online for the current semester's offerings.

Adult enrichment classes

Enrichment classes are offered for adults at any skill level. The current schedule is available online. Course subjects include art history, ceramics, drawing, fiber, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. No experience or application is required to take a course.

Questions? Contact Hannah Lodwick,

Art Sofa Series

Have you always had an interest in art history, but felt out of your element? Many people look with interest at the world of art but never feel comfortable taking the first step. The Art Sofa Series will introduce you to key items necessary to gain a solid foundation for learning about art and the history in which it was made. This series is comprised of five classes, students may take these courses chronologically but do not need to start at the beginning!

This chronological list of classes includes:

The Ancient World
Medieval through Renaissance
Late Renaissance through Realism
Impressionism through Surrealism
Modern and Contemporary 

Grab a seat, get comfortable and join us for a fun, informal examination of art history. Classes are listed online under Art History. You are encouraged to begin the series with Art Sofa: Preview. 

Have you taken all of the first series of classes?  Students are also encouraged to take the Art Sofa Elective Series!  These classes explore specific periods of art history and is designed to allow students to dive deeper, but still comfortably, into art history.

Courses include French New Wave Film, American Film since 1940, The Medici Family Collection and Significance and Ancient Chinese Ceramics.  

Questions about Art Sofa?  Students may contact the Adult Program Specialist at 816-802-3487.

Non-credit Fine Arts Certificate

The Fine Arts Certificate program is designed to to provide skill development in visual arts to adults. The 10-class certificate will provide students with an opportunity to explore, develop and express their own visual skills. Even if you are new to creative self-expression, these classes will help you acquire new skills and an understanding of the fundamentals of fine arts. No prior art or design experience is required to enroll.

Prior to enrolling in classes, students must complete a certificate application and submit a one-time $35 application fee. Fill out an online certificate application here. This certificate is non-credit, so these classes will not be listed on your transcript.

For more information, contact Hannah Lodwick at

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For-credit Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are popular options for professionals and part-time students. We offer credit certificate programs in Graphic Design, Multimedia Studies, Intergrated Design (a combined certificate), and Photography. These classes are great for beginners, those in transition, or professionals seeking to update their skills. 

Prior to enrolling in classes, students must complete a certificate application and submit a one-time $35 application fee. Fill out an online certificate application here

For more information, contact Lauren Park at

Learn more about the certificate programs:

Graphic Design

Multimedia Studies 

Integrated Design


Degree Classes for the Community

The community is invited to enroll in KCAI's degree classes during the summer (June and July) and winter (January) intersessions. Liberal arts classes meet Monday through Thursday and studio classes meet Monday through Friday. A variety of unique and exciting classes are offered that can't be found anywhere else. January options are posted with our spring offerings and June and July options are posted with our summer offerings. See our current listings.

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