Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute or KCAI was founded in 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri. The school began as 'Sketch Club 'which was formed by art enthusiasts. The Kansas City Art Association and School of Design was created after its first exhibition in 1887. Over the years, the institute's campus has grown and now stretches over 15 acres.

KCAI offers bachelor of fine arts degree with majors in animation, ceramics, design, fiber, painting, printmaking and sculpture as well as others. Some of the notable alumni in the field of art and media from KCAI include Martin Arnold (filmmaker), Walt Disney (animator and media entrepreneur), Dennis Hopper (actor) and April Greiman (graphic designer).

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Contacting Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City , MO 64111-1874
General Phone: (816) 472-4852

Kansas City Art Institute Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Fine Arts64fine arts, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile arts
Media20desktop publishing and imaging, animation and special effects
Photography and Commercial Art18photography, film and photography, printmaking
Design17design and visual communication, graphic design, illustration
Liberal Arts8creative writing, interdisciplinary studies
Computer Science and Engineering0web design

Number of programs and degrees for Kansas City Art Institute in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years82
Bachelor's degree11915

Kansas City Art Institute Student Body

In 2007-2008, Kansas City Art Institute had a total enrollment of 676 students (668 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 3%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 40%
20-21 35%
22-24 13%
25-29 8%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Kansas City Art Institute Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %

Kansas City Art Institute Room and Board (2007)

Kansas City Art Institute offers campus housing for 178 of its 668 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Kansas City, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Kansas City Art Institute Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,220
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,220
Room and board $ 8,294
Books and supplies $ 3,000
Other expenses $ 4,000

Financial Aid:
Kansas City Art Institute participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 247300)

Kansas City Art Institute Faculty

Kansas City Art Institute has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track78
Non-tenured and not on tenure track75

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year14$63,9512*
Associate professoracademic year3$49,0235$53,235
Assistant professoracademic year8$44,2049$41,508
Instructoracademic year4$35,7904$37,318
All faculty totalacademic year29$53,07520$45,373

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Kansas City Art Institute Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Design and Visual Communications, General
Graphic Design

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

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What Sets Kansas City Art Institute Apart:

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