Transfer Student Admissions Requirements

We value students who choose to transfer in to our undergraduate program and bring their unique educational perspectives. In order for a new transfer student to receive a B.F.A degree from KCAI, they must complete our minimum requirement of four, full-time semesters.

We know that college is a big investment. We do what we can to help you fund your dream.  In fact, each accepted student will receive a minimum of $15,000 scholarship renewable for each year you attend KCAI.

If you wish to be considered for admission to KCAI you must submit the following items.

Application

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Application Fee:

Application fees for fall 2022 will be waived if you submit your application on or before our March 1, 2022 deadline. Students who apply after this date will be required to submit a nonrefundable $45 application to complete the application process. This fee can be paid online, via credit card, when submitting your application, or a check or money order can be mailed to KCAI Admissions Office, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a way for our Admissions Committee to get to know you. It should be as authentic as you are!

Your personal statement should be approximately 600 words (four paragraphs) and should be completed by answering the following four questions. Your responses should form four thoughtfully constructed paragraphs that provide us insight into who you are as an artist, student, and individual.

 

  • What is your background and experience in art?
  • Why are you interested in transferring to KCAI?
  • What are your artistic goals while attending KCAI?
  • What are your ambitions and career goals upon graduating from KCAI?

Portfolio

Your portfolio should consist of 10-15 images of recent work.

KCAI recommends presenting a body of work demonstrating an understanding of the technical aspects of art making, as well as the ability to apply those skills toward more personal pieces. Working from direct observation can be a valuable way to build a technical, formal, and material vocabulary. Utilizing your technical vocabulary in your work shows us how you take creative risks.

We encourage you to consider the following:

  • Formal elements, such as composition, color, line, and point-of-view
  • Material exploration, as it relates to the ideas in your work
  • Content development, to show us your individual perspective

Keep in mind that no two portfolios are the same; your portfolio is a reflection of who you are and your art making experiences. Therefore, your work will be evaluated based on those experiences. If you’d like to receive individualized information about submitting your portfolio, please contact the Admissions Office.

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College Transcripts

You will need to submit official transcript(s) from each college/university in which you enrolled, even if no credit was granted. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be submitted one of the following ways:

  • Digital/Electronic – We accept secure electronic/digital transcripts from Parchment (Naviance), National Student ClearinghouseCredentials Solutions and SCOIRCredentials Solutions and SCOIR; check with your college/university to see if they’re a member. Please have the transcript sent to admiss@kcai.edu.
  • For further information regarding our transfer credit policies and placement process, please refer to our transferring credit FAQS.
  • Mail – If you’re sending your official transcript by mail, it must be mailed to us in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your college/university.

High School Transcripts

Only transfer students who have earned fewer than 24 college credits, including coursework in humanities and science, are required to submit a high school transcript. If you have not yet earned 24 college credits, please submit your official high school transcript following the information below.

In order to be considered official, transcripts must be submitted on one of the following ways:

  • Digital/Electronic – We accept secure electronic/digital transcripts from Parchment (Naviance), National Student ClearinghouseCredentials Solutions and SCOIRCredentials Solutions and SCOIR; check with your college/university to see if they’re a member. Please have the transcript sent to admiss@kcai.edu.
  • Mail – If you’re sending your official transcript by mail, it must be mailed to us in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your high school.
  • In-person – If you are hand delivering your transcript, during a visit to campus, it must arrive in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your high school.

If you are a home-schooled student, you must submit official transcripts from any high school(s) attended, in addition to your home-school transcript.

If you have completed your GED, you must submit the official GED score report and official transcripts from any high school(s) attended, if applicable.

Standardized Test Scores

KCAI does not require standardized test scores. However, applicants from Missouri who may qualify for the Bright Flight program should submit their scores in one of the following ways:

 

  • High School Transcript – Your ACT or SAT scores may automatically appear on your high school transcript. Please refer to the information above regarding how to submit your official high school transcript.
  • Testing Agency:
      • ACT scores can be requested by visiting their website. Please note our school code is 2277.
      • SAT scores can be sent to us directly from the College Board using one of the following two services. Please note our school code is 6330:

AP or IB Credit

If you have completed Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, you may apply those credits to KCAI. For detailed information please click here.

Letter of Recommendation

Submitting a letter of recommendation is optional but is strongly recommended for all applicants. Letters of recommendation are helpful in getting to know your performance within an educational setting. We strongly encourage you to pick a teacher who can speak to things like your work ethic, art making abilities, and personal character.

Letters of recommendation may be submitted in one of the following ways:

 

  • Email admiss@kcai.edu directly with letters of recommendation.
  • Request that KCAI email a form to your references for a letter of recommendation via the KCAI application. Please note that you will need the name and email address of each reference to use this feature.