The Central Shop is an interdepartmental support facility for use by the students, faculty and staff. It’s equipped with woodworking machines and tools, including table saws, bandsaws, miter saws, jointer, planer and drill presses, as well as a supply of hand power tools for use in the shop and for check out. The Central Shop has recently expanded into the digital realm with the addition of CNC technology.
All users of the Central Shop are required to attend a safety orientation. Foundation students complete a multi-week orientation and project as part of the School of the Foundation Year curriculum. Transfer students attend an intensive one session orientation held at the beginning of each semester.
Fall & Spring Hours
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only on Friday* (during the spring semester) and
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
* The shop is closed on Fridays during the fall semester.
The Media Center, located on the second floor of the East Building, is KCAI’s centralized audio/visual checkout facility. It maintains a varying inventory of audio/visual equipment to support classroom instruction and student work. It houses a full-service shooting studio that can be reserved for photographic and video projects requiring a light-controlled environment. In addition, cameras, tripods, lighting kits and other photo and video equipment are available for off-premises checkout.
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday
Noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
KCAI faculty, students and staff have access to a digital Print Center located in Room 103 of the Irving Building. It provides a variety of printing services and/or digital output.
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am – 8:00 pm (minus lunch hour from 12pm-1pm)
There may be occasional interruptions for staff meetings and other duties.
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00 pm (minus lunch hour from 12pm-1pm)
Sunday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm
The Art Store, located in the basement of the Student Living Center, is the one stop shop for all things an art student might need. The Store carries a full line of art and design supplies as well as materials specifically requested by faculty for classes. In addition to its comprehensive selection of art materials, the Store also sells an array of convenience items and other KCAI-specific merchandise.
If you need to send a letter or package, the store is also a full service mail center with both USPS and UPS services.
Monday–Wednesday 7:45 a.m.–7 p.m.
Thursday–Friday 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 11:00 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer & Holiday Hours:
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Kansas City Art Institute’s award-winning* viewbook provides an overview of KCAI’s academic programs, students, faculty, alumni and campus.
*Winner People’s Choice Award, PIA MidAmerica
*Winner Best of Print, AAF KC American Advertising Awards
*National Winner American Advertising Award
*Winner Best of Category, PIA MidAmerica
Download the 2016-17 Student Handbook for information about student services, degree requirements, the grading system, course reservations, academic appeals and academic standings.