Professional Practice Center

REAL-WORLD PREPARATION
BEFORE GRADUATION

The Professional Practice Center (PPC) at KCAI is excited to work with students to achieve their goals. Whether students are interested in a studio practice, starting their own venture, or working at a local or national company, we have a dedicated team and the resources they need to make the best choice for their future.

The PPC is committed to guiding students to success during and after their time at KCAI. The moment a student steps onto campus, our office becomes a resource to match their talent, aspiration, artistic and intellectual discovery with many exciting and diverse career possibilities in the art and design professions.

PPC Events and Programs

The PPC hosts events and professional development programs throughout the school year to help round out your education and offer you a competitive edge when exploring career opportunities.

Here are a few of the events the PPC holds each year:

  • Recurring annual events: Headshot Event, Career and Internship Fair
  • Workshops with nationally recognized leaders for artist Professional Development. Topics include Financial Literacy, Communications/Marketing, Strategic Planning and Career Development, and Technology.
  • Life After KCAI Events – each semester we organize an alumni panel to discuss important topics for current students
  • PPC Visiting Artist Program – Distinguished alumni are invited back to KCAI to give a student-focused lecture on career development and meet with students one-on-one.

The Portal

KCAI proudly offers a job search portal powered by 12Twenty, a nationally recognized online platform for recruiting talented college students and recent graduates. 

The Professional Practice Portal can be used to find and apply for jobs and internships, schedule one-on-one appointments with the Professional Practice Center, and register for events.

Visit the Portal

Looking for the employer log-in? Visit here.

Personalized Career Advising

Let us help you meet your goals.

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

The PPC will help students develop as individuals and professionals 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.

Make the most of your career goals and schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Professional Practice Center today. To get started, contact careers@kcai.edu or call 816-802-3464. 

The Professional Practice Center is located on the Second Floor of Vanderslice Hall.