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)

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.

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.

More information and applications will be available at the beginning of 2022. If you would like to be notified when applications are available, fill out the inquiry form below.

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


Art Educators

Educators ArtLab (EAL)

Each July, KCAI welcomes Art Educators to a weeklong studio residence. 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 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.

More information and applications will be available at the beginning of 2022. If you would like to be notified when applications are available, fill out the inquiry form below.

Inquiries

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


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