Career Advising

Let us help you meet your goals

Our Career Services program is changing! In mid-March we’ll have a new location on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall, a new name (we’ll announce that soon!) and enhanced services. Whether you’re  a student interested in a studio practice, starting your own venture, or working at a local or national company, we’ll have a dedicated team and the resources you need to make the best choice for your future.

Career Services believes that guiding you to success beyond your time at KCAI is as important as preparing our current students for success in the workplace. The moment a student steps onto campus, our office becomes a resource to match their talent, aspiration and artistic and intellectual discovery with many exciting and diverse career possibilities in the art and design professions. But, it does not stop there! Our services are here during your first year of school through your journey beyond graduation.

There is no set formula in seeking employment or navigating a career change. Every person’s interests, skills and criteria are different. So the assistance we provide is refined, far-sighted, and more importantly, designed around you.

Career Services will help you develop as an individual and professional through career advising, planning, networking, interview preparation and more.  Whatever lies ahead, one thing is certain, we are here to assist you in establishing and sustaining your creative professional goals.

KCAI alumni have pursued an amazing variety of careers after graduation. Their stories will give you a better idea about all that “life after KCAI.“

Make the most of your education

Career Services provides extensive assistance, guides and helpful information for students and recent alumni to foster your professional development and help you find employment. Resources include downloadable PDFs about resumes, online presence, financial tips, graduate school and finding art-related employment.



Professional Presence Advice


Budget Advice

Credit Score Guide


Grad School Application Tips


Career Services provides students with information on a variety of competitions, grants, residencies and fellowships through postings on the department’s Facebook page.

Writing an Exhibition Proposal


We also maintain an opportunities list posted here, and job postings by category are available as well. During one-on-one sessions, advisors work with students to perfect their resume, write a persuasive cover letter and develop strategies for meeting their career goals.


Résumé Advice Guide

Interview Advice Guide


Calls for Entry, Opportunities, and Job Search Links


Emerging Artist Residencies