Summer Programs

We offer summer programs to high school students, educators, visiting students, and community members by giving them access to the faculty and resources of KCAI through residencies, workshops, and classes. Whether you want to learn a new skill to teach your students, want to know what it is like to be an art student, or are interested in KCAI’s courses for the community, we have a program for you.

 


 

High School Students

Pre-College ArtLab (PCAL)

July 18-30
Move-in – Sunday, July 18
End of program exhibition – Friday, July 30

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Every summer, high school students from across the country attend the Pre-College ArtLab to experience life as a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. Students work alongside accomplished faculty to expand their work technically and conceptually.

During the two weeks, students study life drawing and art history, plus their major studio. Weekends are devoted to introducing students to practicing artists and KCAI alumni, area galleries and the local Kansas City arts scene.

Students enjoy working in professional and spacious studios, living in suite-style rooms in the brand new, award-winning Barbara Marshall Residence Hall, and gathering with friends for delicious meals in the Wylie Dining Center, all located in the heart of the beautiful 16-acre campus.

Studio options for summer 2021 include Animation, Illustration, Painting and Sculpture.

Participants will have access to spacious studios with no more than 10 students in each space, to allow for social distancing. KCAI will require participants to wear a mask while on campus. More information on COVID protocols may be found here, and updates will be sent in the weeks leading up to the program.

Students who successfully complete PCAL will be eligible for an annual $1,500 scholarship upon enrollment in KCAI’s degree program. This $1,500 scholarship is in addition to the KCAI merit scholarship and financial aid for which a student may qualify.

Submit your application and materials at kcai.edu/pcalapplication by April 15 to ensure priority studio placement.

Cost: $2,200 includes three college credits, housing, meals and supplies.

Qualified applicants are accepted until the program is full.

Contact us at pcal@kcai.edu or (816) 802-3423 with questions.
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Art Educators

Educators ArtLab (EAL)

July 11-16
Move-in – Sunday, July 11
End of program exhibition – Friday, July 16
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While spending one week dedicated to making art, educators will learn from KCAI faculty, network with peers from around the country, visit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and learn first-hand about the Kansas City Art Institute.

Participants will live in suite-style rooms in the brand new, award-winning Barbara Marshall Residence Hall, and meals will be served in the Wylie Dining Center, both located in the heart of the beautiful 16-acre campus.

Educators from the Kansas City area may choose to be commuter residents. Feel free to select this option on the application.

Studio options available for summer 2021 include Ceramics, Illustration, and Painting.

Participants will have access to spacious studios with no more than 10 students in each space, to allow for social distancing. KCAI will require participants to wear a mask while on campus. More information on COVID protocols may be found here, and updates will be sent in the weeks leading up to the program.

Submit your application at kcai.edu/ealapplication by April 15 to ensure scholarship consideration.

Cost: $399, which includes on-campus housing and meals (an additional $275 fee is required for educators wishing to receive two graduate-level credits).

Applicants will be accepted until the program is full.

Contact us at eal@kcai.edu or (816) 802-3423 with questions.

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Community

Summer Intersession Courses

Visiting students and community members are welcome to take KCAI summer courses for credit. Course offerings, schedules, and tuition information may be found here.

View Summer Courses