Kansas City Art Institute is a private college located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 656 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Kansas City Art Institute acceptance rate is 67%. Popular majors include Illustration, Painting, and Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects. Graduating 54% of students, Kansas City Art Institute alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,600.
Kansas City Art Institute Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.26 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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- B-Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
- 4 Year
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- 224 reviews
- B-Maryland Institute College of Art
- 4 Year
- Baltimore, MD
- 510 reviews
Kansas City Art Institute Reviews
Poor rooming conditions. Heating is non existent to the point where it's freezing even in the summer. There is a hole in the wall and occasionally you can hear rustling sounds coming from within it in the night. I was promised a fitness center, but alas my tuition only covers free Zumba lessons from a faculty member. If I had to describe the food as a color, it would be medi'ochre'. Ha! However, I agree... Ric's cous cous is divine! The people are great and some professors will work with you.
Overall I very much enjoyed my time in the illustration department. Foundation year is a hellish bootcamp but once you get into the major you actually want it is much more fulfilling. The illustration department is great and all the professors are wonderful and very invested and care about the students. The workload can be overwhelming at times. I have seen many classmates drop out or stay back a year from not being able to handle it. It gets more manageable as you go though. The school is super inclusive for LGBT+ students and puts a big emphasis on pronouns and most buildings have gender neutral bathrooms. I’ve heard not great things about the living center but they are building a new one! The school has 2 art museums on either side which is a huge resource for art history. The big downside is the safety of the area. There is a lot of crime in the immediate area and i have heard of many students being the victims of muggings. it can be very scary walking home from night classes.
I felt like 2 of my core teachers at this school were much more interested in their outside professional projects than my education. The head of the department was great and supportive and inspirational, but the other two "working artists" were frustrating to have as professors and didn't seem like they were accountable to anyone. Also, the general focus of my program (Photography and New Media) was on concept and not on improving technique, which I did not personally agree with as a good teaching method.