Certificate Programs

The Kansas City Art Institute’s Certificate Programs present fast and flexible options to learn new techniques or enhance skills in the area of visual communication or photography.

We are not currently accepting new student applications for this program. If you have not already done so we recommend active students email cpotter@kcai.edu to schedule an advising session. Students will work one-on-one during their advising session with staff to learn how the courses they have taken will be integrated into the new certificate program curriculum and set a path for completion within a year.


How to Enroll

Students are asked to enroll in classes at least five business days before the start date. Simply login below, add the desired course to your cart and check out. Payment for each course is collected upon registration.

Student Expectations:

Instructors have high expectations of their students both technically and creatively and will award grades accordingly. Please expect to attend all classes and to work outside of class several hours a week.


Visual Communications Certificate:

The Kansas City Art Institute’s Visual Communication Certificate presents fast and flexible options for enhancing your skills, learning specific skills or for those not currently in the field, it can be an entry into visual communication and graphic design.


The Visual Communications program curriculum incorporates conceptual and technical approaches to graphic design. A series of fundamental courses work in tandem with a menu of electives which enable you to tailor the program to meet your specific interests and career goals. Professional practice and networking opportunities are part of the core curriculum and are also elective courses. You’ll go from generating ideas to learning software fundamentals.


This certificate (10 credits) is an immersion into the field and will be completed in as little as one year.

Download the complete 2017/18 Visual Communications Certificate schedule (PDF)


Photography Certificate:

The Kansas City Art Institute’s Photography Certificate focuses on gaining the skills to launch a career or to become a competent photographer and features courses in areas such as traditional photography, digital photography, Photoshop, lighting and digital workflow. The program will culminate with a portfolio development class to aid students in assembling a professional body of work. Students will learn not only technical skills needed to be a good photographer, but also be exposed to conceptual ideas to become a photographer with a “great eye.”

This certificate (10 credits) is an immersion into the field and will be completed in as little as one year.

Download the complete 2017/18 Photography Certificate schedule (PDF)


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