First-Time Freshman Admissions Requirements

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

Application

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Application Fee:

Application fees for fall 2021 will be waived if you submit your application on or before our February 1, 2021 deadline. Students who apply after this date 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 admission 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

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High School Transcripts

Please submit your official high school transcript following the information below.

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 ClearinghouseCredentials Solutions and SCOIR; check with your high school to see if they’re a member. Please have the transcript sent to admiss@kcai.edu.
  • 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. Please have it mailed to KCAI Admissions Office, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111
  • In-person – If you are hand delivering your transcript, during a visit to campus, it must arrive in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your high 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 or HiSET, you must submit the official test score report and official transcripts from any high school(s) attended, if applicable.

 

Standardized Test Scores

KCAI is now test optional so you will need to decide if you would like to submit your standardized test scores. In short, if you feel that your test scores accurately reflect your academic abilities, submit them. If you do not submit your test scores, rest assured that this will not count against you. We will simply use the rest of your application materials to render an admissions decision.

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, if you have told us you want to them to be considered.
  • 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 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). 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 Clearinghouse, Credential Solutions, and SCOIR; check with your college/university to see if they’re a member. Please have the transcript sent to admiss@kcai.edu.
  • 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. Please have it mailed to KCAI Admissions Office, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111.

Letter of Recommendation

Submitting a letter of recommendation is optional but is strongly recommended for all applicants, except in the circumstances noted below. Letters of recommendation are helpful in getting to know your performance 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.

Students required to submit a letter of recommendation from an English teacher:

If you fit one of the criteria below, you will be required to provide a letter of recommendation from your high school English teacher.

  • If you have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or lower.
  • If the majority of your grades in text-based classes such as English, literature, humanities, and social science classes are below B- / 2.5.

The letter from your English teacher must address the following:

  • Ability to analyze text
  • Critical thinking
  • Engagement in text-based discussions

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 the KCAI application. Please note that you will need the following information to use this feature:
      • Name and email of your recommender

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.