Dane Newton Dane Newton ('20 Photography)

Classes + Course Requirements

History of photography + contemporary practice, photographic imaging, photographer as explorer, the impossible photograph, lighting, and full access to Filmmaking electives.

1st year

Your journey starts in the Foundation program where you will explore new techniques and find passions that you never knew you had.

2nd year

  • Intro to Photography
  • History of Photography & Contemporary Practice
  • Applied Photographic Imaging
  • Intermediate Photography

3rd year

  • Photography & Contemporary Art I
  • Photography & Contemporary Art II

4th year

  • Photography & Contemporary Art I
  • Photography & Contemporary Art II



East Building

Our gallery and installation spaces allow student curators to coordinate exhibitions.

Studios and facilities in the photography school are fully equipped with

  • Darkroom photography supplies, studio lighting, film cameras, and DSLRs
  • Tripods, monopods, lenses, bounce boards, diffusers, gels, and grip equipment
  • Printing, matting, and framing tools
  • Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Small, medium, and large format cameras
  • Process color negative and E6 slides on the premise.
  • Support for alternative process photography
  • Small and large format printers
  • Seamless photo shooting studio
  • Green screen studio

Career Paths + Career Outcomes

Commercial Photographer, Fine Artist, Photo Editor, Photojournalist, Art Director, Fine Art Professor, Videographer, Entrepreneurs, Curators, and Educators. Photography graduates work as professors, educators, and artists across the country. Recent photography school graduates have become professional photographers and started galleries, such as the Trapp Gallery and the Red Lady in Kansas City.

KCAI photography majors have worked or interned for the following studios and companies: The Guggenheim, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Columbia College of Art in Chicago, and IsArt in New York.

KCAI's Professional Practice Center will help you prepare for your career.

Access to The Greats

Walk to the neighboring Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art or Nelson-Atkins Museum (which has the Hallmark Photography Collection — one of the largest and highest-quality collections in the country) to see historical and contemporary collections and exhibitions, meet with curators, and attend gallery talks. 

Jump start your future with internships and exhibitions

Gain hands on professional experience through a required photography internship or practicum. Exhibit your work at End of Semester Shows and the Spring Thesis Exhibition.

Photography Alumni

Alumni from the photography program are leaders in their fields.

Edward-Bio-Photo-Ozark-Landscapes-Still-Print-Size Edward C Robison III (‘99 Photography)
R1-03725-0000 Imani Nixon ('17 Photography)
MV5BM2IzOGY3NWUtZGFmMS00ODYyLWE2OGEtOGQ2OTdhOGYyYjcxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTA2ODcwMzc0._V1_ Cory Hinesley ('11 Photography)
portfolio_Ascot_t0JZE6A.width-600 Ascot Smith ('05 Photography & New Media)