Admissions Events

Whether you’re near or far, the best way to get to know KCAI is to look around. Let us show you what we’re made of. Throughout the year we offer several full and half-day events and we hope to see you on campus soon!

We also have several ongoing opportunities for you to experience campus such as tours and information sessions, counselor meetings, transfer meetings and portfolio reviews. Learn more by visiting our Plan Your Visit page.


Join us for one or more of the following options:

Tours & Information Sessions, Counselor Meetings, Transfer Meetings and Portfolio Reviews

Find out more

Accepted Student Day:

Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Kansas City Art Institute is canceling our Accepted Student Day scheduled for Saturday, April 4.  This difficult decision was made in light of the current information available from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local health officials. The safety, health, and well-being of our campus community and our visiting families is our top priority.

We are currently exploring ways to offer a virtual experience for students and families to get an in-depth look into our studio majors, liberal arts program, brand new residence hall and Foundation Year. We will send updated information as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to reach out to your admissions counselors with any questions related to acceptance packages, financial aid, or your decision to attend KCAI. 

Congratulations again on your acceptance to Kansas City Art Institute. We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus in the future! Stay safe.


Join us for one or more of the following options:

Tours & Information Sessions, Counselor Meetings, Transfer Meetings and Portfolio Reviews

Find out more


Senior Visit Day: Navigating Art School Admissions Saturday, TBD

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This event will help high school seniors interested in applying to KCAI navigate our admissions process! In addition, families will hear about alumni success, and our Foundation Faculty will talk about our immersive Foundation-Year experience. The afternoon is filled with hands-on workshops for parents and students as outlined below. Campus tours and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please register today!

Students will get a head start on the application process by spending the afternoon working alongside the admissions team and participating workshops:

  • application submission and document uploading
  • portfolio editing and submission
  • student life overview

Parents and Guardians will spend the afternoon participating in workshops led by our financial aid and student life teams covering:

  • financial aid overview
  • completing the FAFSA
  • student life overview

The day will conclude with optional campus tours and a better understanding of how to navigate the art school admissions process.


Campus Map

What to Bring

  • For a portfolio review, you should bring a sample of current work (finished and in progress) on a laptop, flash drive, or a phone.
  • Comfy shoes
  • **Optional**  transcripts, letters of recommendations, financial information

Special Accommodations
Our campus tours require extensive walking and navigation of hills and stairs, so please contact us ahead of time if anyone in your party has difficulty with mobility. We strive to make your visit enjoyable and can make accommodations with proper notification. You may call 800-522-5224 or e-mail us at with your requests. Handicap parking available on campus and with 24-hour advance notice we can be sure to reserve a spot.

Campus Closings
When our campus is closed due to severe weather or holidays, our tours and information sessions are canceled. You will find information about campus closings on our homepage or by calling the automated line at 800.522.5224.

Parking on Campus
We must ask for your patience! KCAI is undergoing exciting construction for a new student living center. As a result, visitor parking is limited. You can access the visitor lot by taking an immediate left upon entering campus at 4415 Warwick Blvd. These spots are complementary and first-come, first-serve. Handicap accessible parking can be reserved with 24 hours advance notice.

Additional parking may be available at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art garage during the times listed below. Please use the KCAI campus map for parking directions.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art garage (covered) – $10/day
Wed: 10 am-5 pm
Thur: 10 am-9 pm
Fri: 10 am-9 pm


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