High School Credit

High school classes are offered year-round at the Kansas City Art Institute. All classes give fine art instruction while working with any skill level. Classes align with the KCAI Foundation year and are designed to give a preview of what art school life is like. Studio classes in ceramics, fiber, sculpture and woodworking take place in the collegiate studio space. Please call 816-802-3333 with questions about the class schedule.

Each semester, select courses are offered for one hour of college credit with an additional fee. Students are encouraged to take credit classes in sets of three; three hours of college credit are typically equivalent to one college class.

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Credit

Students who earn AP credit during high school may apply the credits to KCAI degree requirements within the guidelines indicated below. KCAI must have the official AP transcript before transfer credit can be granted.

Art History

  1. Students must obtain a minimum score of a 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive 3 semester credits, which will be applied to a liberal arts elective requirement or the open elective requirement.
  3. The credit hours cannot be applied to the art history prerequisite courses, History of Art I and History of Art II.

Liberal Arts

1. Students must obtain a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
2.  Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to a liberal arts elective
     requirement or the open elective requirement.
3. The credit hours cannot be applied to the liberal arts prerequisites courses’
    First Year Writing Seminar, History of Thought I, or History of Thought II.

Studio Art Courses

  1. Students must receive a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to the open elective requirement. The credit hours can be applied to a studio elective requirement only with permission from the student’s departmental chair and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA).

Approved AP courses for credit

Art History
Art-Drawing
Art-General
Biology (non-lab)
Computer Science
English Language/Composition
English Literature/Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French, German, Spanish, or Latin (Language course)
History
U.S. Government and Political Science
Math
Music Theory
Psychology
Statistics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB)

Students who earn IB credit during high school may apply the credits to KCAI degree requirements within the guidelines indicated below.  KCAI must have the official IB transcript before transfer credit can be granted. The first three IB credit hours will always be applied to the open elective requirement.

Liberal Arts 

  1. Students must obtain a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to a liberal arts elective requirement or the open elective requirement.
Studio Art Courses
  1. Students must receive a minimum score of 4 to receive credit for this examination.
  2. Students will receive three semester credits, which will be applied to the open elective requirement. The credit hours can be applied to a studio elective requirement only with permission from the student’s departmental chair and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA).

Approved IB courses for credit (other courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Economics – Liberal Arts
Geography – Liberal Arts
History – Liberal Arts
Islamic History – Liberal Arts
Philosophy – Liberal Arts
Psychology – Liberal Arts
Social and Cultural Anthropology – Liberal Arts
Business and Management – Open Elective
Information Technology in a Global Society – Open Elective
Biology – Liberal Arts
Chemistry – Liberal Arts
Design Technology – Open Elective
Environmental Systems – Liberal Arts
Physics – Liberal Arts
Mathematics – Liberal Arts
Computer Science – Open Elective
Foreign Language – Liberal Arts
Greek – Liberal Arts
Latin – Liberal Arts
Music (Performance based) – Open Elective
Theatre Arts – Open Elective
Visual Arts – Studio