High School

High school classes and intensives
Pre-College ArtLab

High school classes and intensives

High school classes are offered year-round at the Kansas City Art Institute. All classes give fine art instruction while working with any skill level. Classes align with the KCAI Foundation Year and are designed to give a preview of what art school life is like. Studio classes in ceramics, fiber, sculpture and woodworking take place in the collegiate studio space. 

Select courses are offered for one hour of college credit with an additional fee. Students are encouraged to take credit classes in sets of three; three hours of college credit are typically equivalent to one college class. Courses taken for credit will appear on a student's transcript.

High school students that are interested in taking a class listed on the adult schedule should contact 816-802-3489 to request permission to enroll. The course objectives, safety  and equipment training and other pre-requisites are taken into consideration with each request.

See a complete listing of courses.

Pre-College ArtLab (PCAL)

A three-week residency program for high school students from July 9-29, 2017

KCAI's Pre-College ArtLab (PCAL) is a challenging three-week residency program for freshman through graduating senior high school students who are committed to their creative work. Those accepted into the program will work with our instructors, in our studios, in their major of choice and during creative writing and life drawing courses.  

Want to learn more? See details below or contact KCAI's School for Continuing and Professional Studies at 816-802-3333 or pcal@kcai.edu.

Join us in summer 2017

  • Experience firsthand the commitment and focus it takes to study art at the college level
  • Work with instructors who are practicing artists and educators
  • Study within a college-like curriculum that will expose you to new techniques and media
  • Explore new possibilities by working in well-equipped studios featuring specialized equipment
  • Connect with high school students from across the country who are as serious about art as you are

PCAL features

Compare our pre-college program with other schools, and you'll appreciate the value we offer at KCAI. Our program cost of $2,799 includes:

  • Three college credits
  • Tuition
  • Room and board
  • Living Center Grant*
  • Supplies
  • Some excursions and weekend activities
  • Portfolio review at the conclusion of the program
  • Exhibition of work 
  • High quality images of your life drawing and major studio work to use in college applications

* A $3,500 Student Living Center grant, applied to one full year of housing at KCAI. The maximum award is one grant per students and is dependent on admission to the college.  

Your schedule

  • Six hours of studio major, five days a week
  • Two and half hours of life drawing, five times a week
  • 15 hours of creative writing
  • Field trips, workshops and other fun planned activities on weekends

2017 studio options 

  • Animation
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Sculpture 

On-campus housing

Students reside in the Student Living Center, along with resident assistants (RAs) who are active students in our B.F.A. program. RAs are availalbe to assist you with daily living needs and answering any questions you might have about studying at KCAI. 

Final exhibition

The program will close with a comprehensive exhibition of student work on display throughout campus. Family, friends, faculty and staff are welcome to attend this special event. 

Student expectations

We expect that all PCAL students demonstrate a high level of initiative and responsibility regarding their work and behavior during this program. Walking and/or public bus transportation is encouraged for individual outings; tour buses are provided for planned PCAL activities. For everyone's protection, no transportation in individual vehicles is permitted. Because our goal is to provide an intensive, in-depth and concentrated art-making experience for the students, visitors are restricted to specific times. Few exceptions will be made to this restriction.


A limted number of merit based scholarships, ranging from $200 to $2,799, are available each year. All applications recieved by April 1, 2017 will be considered for a scholarship. Students who complete their application before April 1 will be notified regarding their admission, but will not be notified regarding scholarship status until the end of April 2017.

To apply

  1. Fill out our online application (opens October 3, 2016 and includes a non-refundable $25 fee) 
  2. Upload five, high quality digital images of your work
  3. Attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher or qualified instructor familar with the applicant's abilities
  4. Submit your current high school transcript

Admission is granted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their admission status approximately one month after your completed submission has been received. 

Deadlines and schedule for summer 2017

  • October 3: Application open  
  • April 1: Application deadline to be considered for a scholarship
  • Late April: Scholarship award announcements will be made
  • May 15: A $300 non-refundable deposit due. This payment will secure a seat in your preferred studio. Applications will be accepted after this date only if space is availalbe. 
  • June 5:  Remaining balance and all paperwork is due
  • July 9: Program begins with move in and orientation 
  • July 22:  Parents Day 
  • July 28:  Last day of class and evening exhibition
  • Saturday, July 29:  Move out 

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Payment Options

1. Online:

  • Go to lumen.kcai.edu/cps/
  • Create an account
  • Type "deposit" or "tuition" in search field
  • Add to cart
  • Complete payment

2. Send payment in full to:

Kansas City Art Institute, PCAL 
4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111

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Click here to enroll today in a class at the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at KCAI.

Fall 2017 classes

Our fall brochure will be available for download soon! 

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