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Student Resources

Central Shop

The Central Shop is an interdepartmental support facility for use by the students, faculty and staff. It’s equipped with woodworking machines and tools, including table saws, bandsaws, miter saws, jointer, planer and drill presses, as well as a supply of hand power tools for use in the shop and for check out. The Central Shop has recently expanded into the digital realm with the addition of CNC technology.

All users of the Central Shop are required to attend a safety orientation. Foundation students complete a multi-week orientation and project as part of the School of the Foundation Year curriculum. Transfer students attend an intensive one session orientation held at the beginning of each semester.

Fall & Spring Hours
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only on Friday* (during the spring semester)
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

* The shop is closed on Fridays during the fall semester.

David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology

Located next to the Volker Building, The David T. Beals III Studios for Art and Technology is a new facility aimed at providing the members of the KCAI community with innovative tools to achieve their creative vision. Beals Studios does this by offering a wide array of digital fabrication tools and specialized instruction, in a workspace that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration.

Beals Studios is a fabrication laboratory where experimentation, imagination, and innovation converge. The facilities currently house nine 3D printers (of various kinds), two engraving and cutting laser systems, a CNC wire bender, a computer-controlled weaving loom, and two CNC milling/routing systems. Additionally, there’s a room dedicated to finishing and detail work (such as soldering and sanding). An instruction area with twelve high-end computers and an 84-inch presentation screen is also located here. Furthermore, Beals Studios offers a seating area where students and faculty can gather for personalized discussions and collaborative efforts.

Phone:           816-802-3485

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday
Closed Saturday
12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday

There are a couple adjustments to the normal schedule at the beginning of each semester for the sake of Beals Studios Workstudy.
  • This first week we will close at 5:00 p.m. each day.
    • Aug 21st – Aug 25: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • We will be closed the next three Sundays for work study training
    • Aug 27th  —  Sept 3rd  —  Sept 10th
Here are a few Beals Studios links for your reference.
Equipment Calendar: Refer to this calendar at any point to check for openings/availability for equipment and space
Job Submission Form: This form is required to request the use of any piece of equipment at Beals Studios

Epilog Laser Material & Specs: Refer to this sheet to determine the settings to laser specific materials 

As always, do not hesitate to contact nneufeld@kcai.edu with any questions.


Media Center

The Media Center, located on the second floor of the East Building, is KCAI’s centralized audio/visual checkout facility. It maintains a varying inventory of audio/visual equipment to support classroom instruction and student work. It houses a full-service shooting studio that can be reserved for photographic and video projects requiring a light-controlled environment. In addition, cameras, tripods, lighting kits and other photo and video equipment are available for off-premises checkout.

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday
Noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Print Center

KCAI faculty, students and staff have access to a digital Print Center located in Room 103 of the Irving Building. It provides a variety of printing services and/or digital output.

Monday-Thursday: 8:30am – 8:00 pm (minus lunch hour from 12pm-1pm)
There may be occasional interruptions for staff meetings and other duties.
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00 pm (minus lunch hour from 12pm-1pm)
Sunday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm

Art Store

The Art Store, located in the basement of the Student Living Center, is the one stop shop for all things an art student might need. The Store carries a full line of art and design supplies as well as materials specifically requested by faculty for classes. In addition to its comprehensive selection of art materials, the Store also sells an array of convenience items and other KCAI-specific merchandise.

If you need to send a letter or package, the store is also a full service mail center with both USPS and UPS services.

MondayThursday: 8:30am-7pm
Friday: 8:30am-5pm
Saturday: CLOSED (special hours for Parents Day and Portfolio Day, etc.)
Sunday: Noon-5pm

KCAI Go Mobile App

Stay connected to the Kansas City Art Institute wherever you go. Whether, you are a student, parent, member of the faculty, staff or alumni KCAI Go allows you to find out what’s happening on campus and get the latest news about events and upcoming exhibits. You’ll get answers to your questions from student services, financial aid, admissions, and more. Download the app in the App Store and on Google Play.

KCAI Viewbook

The Kansas City Art Institute’s award-winning* viewbook provides an overview of KCAI’s academic programs, students, faculty, alumni and campus.

*Winner People’s Choice Award, PIA MidAmerica
*Winner Best of Print, AAF KC American Advertising Awards
*National Winner American Advertising Award
*Winner Best of Category, PIA MidAmerica

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student handbook

Download the 2018-19 Student Handbook for information about student services, degree requirements, the grading system, course reservations, academic appeals and academic standings.