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.14 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.14 responses
Most Popular Majors
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.23 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
Kansas City Art Institute Reviews
If you take your studio courses here seriously you will succeed as an artist and gain an incredible understanding of yourself and the mediums you use. On the other hand, the liberal arts courses made me want to rip my hair out but many who enjoy those subjects enjoyed the classes and did very well in them! It just wasn't for me. Professors here are major hit and miss but you will be well off in the fiber department! Pauline and Kim are incredible and can teach you so much if you apply yourself and show commitment. I found the worst parts of attending KCAI to be the safety aspect and some of the so called "art" people can get away with producing here. I've seen it too many times when students will let food rot on a table for a week and then present it as a successful art piece. Lastly, I had three friends on separate occasions experience aggravated theft just a street away from the campus in daylight. This is NOT a safe area!!
Unlike many private art schools, KCAI is a solid school. They have an actual campus and very generous financial aid opportunities. The freshman foundations program is extremely rigorous. This is both a good thing (you will learn very quickly whether or not a career in the arts is for you) and a bad thing (the freshman studios are not great, the workload can be overwhelming, and KCAI cannot keep up with the demand for mental health services). Some departments have excellent studios, while others seem to hardly exist. The dorms and off-campus housing are bad and limited, though they are building a new dorm. The liberal arts courses are very interesting but also limited. Campus security is EXTREMELY poor; you may as well be fending for yourself. The student body is moderately diverse, but don't expect KCAI to have a diverse staff.
KCAI offers fun events during the later hours, such as PB&J Night (my personal fave), where you can go to the living center and (usually around 9pm) you can make your own PB&J for free! It's a great event to be apart of (especially if you've run out of nighttime snacks in your dorm room). Parties at KCAI usually are fun, hilarious, and a bit weird but overall, they bring people together. The KCAI nighttime events I've been to usually end with a ton of smiling faces and people laughing their heads off, all in good humor and good vibes.