School of Fine Arts

With majors ranging from ceramics, fiber and printmaking, sculpture and painting, the School of Fine Arts develops a range of highly creative skills, knowledge and values relating to careers as professional artists.

This school emphasizes the tradition of self-expression as the motivation for art-making, while providing learning opportunities across traditional art-making boundaries. Through their love of the medium, graduates of the majors are prepared to become active artists and designers within the art community, encouraged to participate in exhibitions and to develop personal responses to art making.



Born out of dynamic faculty and a history of creative excellence, the ceramics major concentrates practical ability with technology and artistic flair, using clay and, increasingly, glass as the major materials of study. Alongside the development of vessels and built objects, there is a critical emphasis on the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the major.


The fiber program consists of in-depth study of constructed textiles, surface design and 3-D form building. Fiber as a medium crosses boundaries and interfaces with art, design, craft and technology.


The painting program encourages a level of risk-taking grounded in a formal foundation. In addition to the traditional media of oil, acrylic and watercolor, the program encourages experimentation with non-traditional methods of expression.


The printmaking program provides a blend of basic studio practice — drawing, painting and collage — with core technologies specific to printmaking — intaglio, wood block, lithography, letterpress, silk-screen and book-making. Students are encourage to utilize digital and Web possibilities to challenge the possibilities of the discipline.


The sculpture program embraces the expansive nature of the field of sculpture by involving students in the physicality of making while focusing on the conceptual context of their artworks. It encompasses traditional and non-traditional approaches to sculpture production.

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Interested in continuing education classes at KCAI? Visit the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.



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