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 16-28, 2023

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 creativity technically and conceptually.

During the two weeks, students study life drawing, plus their major studio. Weekends are devoted to introducing students to workshops exploring a variety of disciplines and the local Kansas City arts scene. Studio options for 2023 will be announced soon.

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.

Residency Cost: $2,500 includes three college credits, housing, meals and supplies.

We encourage you to complete the inquiry form below, so we can reach out with a link to the 2023 application when it becomes available. Please contact us at (816) 802-3423 or with any questions. Thank you!


Art Educators

Educators ArtLab (EAL)

July 9-14, 2023

While spending one week dedicated to making art, educators will network with peers from around the country, have an opportunity for special tours of Kansas City’s galleries and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and learn first-hand about the Kansas City Art Institute.

Studio options for 2023 will be announced soon.

Residency Cost: $425 fee includes campus housing and meals. An additional $275 is required for residents wishing to receive two graduate-level credits for their work in the program.

Our 2023 application will be available soon.

Please contact us at (816) 802-3423 or with questions and to be added to our mailing list.


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