International Student Admissions Requirements

International applicants are warmly welcomed at Kansas City Art Institute. We have a globally diverse community representing many countries, with students recently coming to us from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey.

Formally admitted students will be required to submit additional information to apply for an F-1 student visa or to transfer their current student visa. Learn more about these requirements.

If you wish to be considered for admission to KCAI you must submit the following items.

Application

Submit your application online here.

Application Fee:

Students will be required to submit a nonrefundable $45 application to complete the application process. This fee can be paid online, via credit card, when submitting your application, or a check or money order can be mailed to KCAI Admissions Office, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111.

KCAI will accept the following fee waivers. Please note that your application will not be reviewed for admissions until your waiver is received via mail. All waivers should be mailed to the address above.

Accepted Fee Waivers:

SAT (College Board)
NACAC
ACT

*Please note that if you submit one of the application fee waivers listed above, you will need to select “pay by check” when submitting your application.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a way for our admissions committee to get to know you. It should be as authentic as you are!

Your personal statement should be approximately 500 words (three paragraphs) and should be completed by answering the following three questions. Your responses should form three thoughtfully constructed paragraphs that provide us insight into who you are as an artist, student, and individual.

  • What is your background and experience in art?
  • What are your artistic goals while attending KCAI?
  • What are your ambitions and career goals upon graduating from KCAI?

Portfolio

Your portfolio should consist of 10-15 images of recent work

KCAI recommends presenting a body of work demonstrating an understanding of the technical aspects of art making, as well as the ability to apply those skills toward more personal pieces. Working from direct observation can be a valuable way to build a technical, formal, and material vocabulary. Utilizing your technical vocabulary in your work shows us how you take creative risks.

We encourage you to consider the following:

  • Formal elements, such as composition, color, line, and point-of-view
  • Material exploration, as it relates to the ideas in your work
  • Content development, to show us your individual perspective

    Keep in mind that no two portfolios are the same; your portfolio is a reflection of who you are and your art making experiences. Therefore, your work will be evaluated based on those experiences.Submit your portfolio now

High School/Secondary School Transcripts

All applicants must submit official high school/secondary school transcripts from all school(s) attended. Transcripts must be translated. Please note that in some cases we may ask students to supply us with a course-by-course evaluation.

In order to be considered official, transcripts must be submitted one of the following ways:

  • Digital/Electronic – We accept secure electronic/digital transcripts from Parchment (Naviance), National Student ClearinghouseeSCRIPT-SAFE and SCOIR; check with your school to see if they’re a member.
  • Mail – If you’re sending your official transcript by mail, it must be mailed to us in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your high school/secondary school.

If you are a home-schooled student, you must submit official transcripts from any high school(s) attended, in addition to your home-school transcript.

If you have completed your GED, you must submit the official GED score report and official transcripts from any high school(s) attended, if applicable.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

All international students whose primary language or native language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting official test results from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE (Pearson Test of English).

  • TOEFL
    • Students must achieve a minimum score of a 79, with a section minimum of 17, on the iBT or the revised Paper-delivered test.
    • KCAI school code is: 6330
  • IELTS
    • Students must achieve a minimum score of a 6.0

 

  • PTE
      • Students must achieve a minimum score of a 53

    Students not required to submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

      • Students attending a U.S. accredited school abroad (minimum of three years’)
        • You will need to submit the SAT or ACT test in lieu of the TOEFL/IELTS
      • Students from countries where English is the official language
        • Students who are citizens of countries whose official language is English may be eligible for an English proficiency waiver.
      • Students who have earned a four-year college degree from a U.S. college/university or who have completed at least two-years at a U.S. college/university with a B or better in four text-based classes, including English, not in conjunction with ESL.

Standardized Test Scores

The following International Students will be required to submit the SAT or ACT in lieu of the TOEFL, IELTS, of PTE.

  • Students attending a U.S. accredited school abroad (minimum of three years’)
  • Students from countries where English is the official language
    • Students who are citizens of countries whose official language is English may be eligible for an English proficiency waiver.

Please note that KCAI reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score, if the admissions committee deems it necessary during the decision-making process.

In order to be considered official, test scores must be submitted one of the following ways:

  • High School Transcript – If your ACT or SAT scores appear on your high school transcript they will be considered official.
  • Testing Agency:
    • ACT scores can be requested by visiting their website. Please note our school code is 2277
    • SAT scores can be sent to us directly from the College Board using one of the following two services. Please note our school code is 6330
    • College Board
    • Score Choice

College Transcripts

If you have completed undergraduate level college coursework and you would like to be considered for transfer credit, you will need to submit your official college transcript(s). Transcripts must be translated. Please note that in some cases we may ask students to supply us with a course-by-course evaluation. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be submitted one of the following ways:

  • Digital/Electronic – We accept secure electronic/digital transcripts from Parchment (Naviance), National Student ClearinghouseeSCRIPT-SAFE and SCOIR; check with your college/university to see if they’re a member.
  • Mail – If you’re sending your official transcript by mail, it must be mailed to us in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your college/university.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required for all applicants. Letters of recommendation are helpful in getting to know you within an educational setting. We strongly encourage you to pick a teacher who can speak to things like your work ethic, art making abilities, and personal character.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • Digital/Electronic:
    • We accept electronic/digital letters of recommendation from Parchment (Naviance); please check with your high school guidance office to see if they’re a member.
    • You can also, request a letter of recommendation via SlideRoom. Please note that you will need the following information to use this feature.
      • Name and email of your recommender
    • Mail – If you’re sending your letter of recommendation by mail, it must be mailed to us in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your high school.

AP or IB Credit

If you have completed Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, you may apply those credits to KCAI. For detailed information please click here.