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Don't listen to teachers and students who treatNot so brightArt & Design Department
Don't listen to teachers and students who treat your studio work more important than your livelihood. Working until 3am every night will make you burn out and be less effective in school. Also leave critique at school, it's a big part of the school's culture and can bleed into your daily life making you a cynical person. You don't have to criticize the coffee you get after work or the clothes a stranger is wearing just because you critiqued your classmates for a grade.
4th Year Female -- Class 2019
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Extracurricular Activities: D
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I was lucky and got out of KCAIBrightIndustrial Design
I was lucky and got out of KCAI after 3 semesters, I was majoring in Industrial Design and dreaming of being a product designer, After the Dean, who was also head of the ID department gave a speach about a recent graduate getting a top job as a designer in the worlds largest toilet seat manufacture I was out of there. Wound up going to LSU the cost was 5 times cheaper, the professors were great, student life was very good. Was on the Dean's list every semester. Finally I check a website that listed any successful artist or person that had any type of relation to KCAI and found that they have very few people that went on with any success as a artist. Walt Disney only attended a sketch clup there on weekends, Thomas Hart Benton was a guest artist they they fired after 2 years due to his opinion on homosexuals. Most graduates go on to work in food service or construction. Better to go to your local State College than attend KCAI.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Maintenance: A-, Education Quality: F
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True fact- about half of the freshman leaveQuite BrightArt & Design Department
True fact- about half of the freshman leave after their first year. NOT because it was "to hard" although they do take up alot of your time. Its because its EXPENSIVE AS ALL HELL, they have no plan for you.

(head foundations dep. teacher flat out says that graduates get jobs as waiters before they can balance in their fine arts, and hopefully will make it someday)If you have any sort of artistic ability you can get in- accept 80% of the people! Half of the people CANT DO ANY SORT OF ART. but get in because of having$$$. Also a HUGE problem is favoritism with the teachers. Im not complaining because I did get some A's that were not quite deserved- but other times I got bad grades for not sucking up to the teachers... over all... SAVE YOU MONEY

1st Year Female -- Class 2010
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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