Private 4 Year

Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City Art Institute overview
Location Kansas City, Missouri
Online kcai.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Kansas City Art Institute overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), located near the cultural and artistic hub of Kansas City, Missouri, is a private, independent, four-year college of art and design. Founded in 1885, KCAI rests on an intimate, 16-acre campus known for its classic, collegiate gothic architecture. The institute is dedicated to a vigorous education in the visual arts and offers degrees in a variety of disciplines, including Animation, Illustration, Painting, and Sculpture, among others. With a selective admissions process, the school attracts students who exhibit a strong creative potential and a commitment to artistry. KCAI provides on-campus living options in multiple residence halls, ensuring that students have access to a supportive studio environment that enhances their educational experience. The institute does not emphasize athletics but is focused on fostering an educational community that revolves around the arts.

In the most recent statistical year 990 prospective students applied, and 579 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 187 enrolled in the school.  728 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 10 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $41,174 plus fees of $750.












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Admission Standards

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GPA 3.32

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Kansas City Art Institute
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$750
Room and Board $12,486
Budget for Other Expenses$3,500
Total One Year Cost$58,910

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$32,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

77% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Kansas City Art Institute students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 78%
Communications Technology 16%
English and Literature 5%
General Studies 2%

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