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Welcome to the Kansas City Art Institute. We’re glad you are here. We’d like to get to know you and work with you to create a personal path for your future.
KCAI provides a rigorous, diverse curriculum and an immersive studio experience for students who are passionate about the realization of their ideas. Of all the schools you’ll explore, we’re confident that none offers more personal guidance, artistic tools and resources, or opportunities for creative stimulation than you’ll find here.
We invite you to schedule a visit soon.
“Students need to be sponges and soak up the inspiration around them.”Tony Jones CBE, The Nerman Family President
Thirteen academic disciplines
two hundred yards from the Nelson Atkins Museum
Are practicing Artists, Designers and Scholars
student teach ration of 9 to 1
16 acre campus
A STUDIO BETWEEN TWO SHOWROOMS
Letter from the Nerman Family President
No question, the Kansas City Art Institute has the most beautiful, visually inspiring campus of any art and design school in the country. But that isn’t the reason that ambitious artists should insist on coming here. The real motive is more fundamental. It’s about fashioning an idea into matter. KCAI is, above all, a makers’ school.
Our faculty recognizes the need for all tools – traditional and digital – to facilitate the teaching and creative process of making. We know students still want to learn how to make things, and KCAI offers exceptional resources for both handcrafting and digital production, including a woodworking shop, kilns, and individual studios to facilitate physical construction, along with a state-of-the-art digital studio in the center of campus that houses highly sophisticated, 21st-century instruments, such as 3-D printers, a digital loom, and CNC routers.
Finally, it’s an enormous advantage that KCAI is uniquely situated between two exceptional art galleries—a world-class encyclopedic museum and a renowned contemporary art museum. Here, students can intimately experience the latest trends in contemporary art on one side of campus and collections of Impressionist paintings or ancient Chinese sculptures on the other.
KCAI is literally a studio between two showrooms—a place where passionate students can learn to transform powerful concepts into works worthy of notice, even acclaim.
I personally welcome you to the one-of-a-kind KCAI learning experience.
Tony Jones CBE
The Nerman Family President
The mission of the Kansas City Art Institute is to prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design.
The vision of the Kansas City Art Institute is to be an innovative leader in art and design education.
In January 2013, the KCAI board of trustees approved a new five-year strategic plan for the college. Download the KCAI strategic plan.
KCAI Master Plan
In 2017, KCAI enlisted the Ayers Saint Gross/el dorado/Nelson Byrd Woltz team to develop a Master Plan that would create an exciting and credible pathway for the college.