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As a first year student, I an inBrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
As a first year student, I an in my Foundation year. It is very challenging, but I have benefited so much, even though it is the first semester.

I do notice the lack of commitment of other students, and it is such a shame. Most of the students here received a pretty hefty scholarship (including myself). There are also a lot of complaints on the quality of education provided, and the amount of work given..here is my response to this...

Suck it up. If you really want to be an artist, you have to work for it. And i really mean work for it. I chose this career path because it is something i am willing to work for, because I am interested in thinking conceptually and critically. There is a high drop out rate after freshman year because people do not earn their grades. Dont blame the school, you can only blame yourself. This school is wonderful and has given me beyond the education i expected. The Faculty is great, the surrounding area has alot to do when free time is available. I love it at KCAI.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Innovation: A+, Extracurricular Activities: C-
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KCAI is definitely a commitment, but if youQuite BrightUndecided
KCAI is definitely a commitment, but if you love art and are willing to work extremely hard there is a lot to learn. I went into Foundations year without a lot of experience but teachers were really helpful. Foundations year really helps level the playing field for all students, and takes you through all different media, helping you find the right major. Most of the class ends up switching their major by the end of Foundations year.

Coursework is super demanding. The school has an extremely high drop out rate. At the beginning of the year five hours of studio a night seemed like so long. By the end I was waking up at seven in the morning for class and not making it back from studio from 1-3 am. It is tough but if you love making art it is an extremely rewarding experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to have studio space and be surrounded by people who are just as passionate about their work as you are.

Class sizes are very small. Teachers know their students and their art. Departments are very welcoming. The school is very open to blending different media and crossing over to different departments. There is a major plus option (which is pretty much a double major).

KCAI is REALLY generous with their scholarships (probably due to the fact that they lose quite a few students through foundations year). Communicating with the financial aid office and your admissions counselor early on while applying is a good idea. My biggest complaint would be the cafeteria food. At most schools you gain the freshman fifteen, KCAI's food is so bad that you lose it.

1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, Scholastic Success: B-
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KCAI is not a school for the timid.Quite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
KCAI is not a school for the timid. The coursework and studio work is very demanding. Working a part time job and going to school full time is almost impossible.

I went though KCAI on the Montgomery GI Bill and Army College fund. I also had the KCAI scholarship that kept the cost lower as long as I kept my GPA above 3.0,(I graduated with a 3.6 in the top 10% with 18 credit hour semesters... I transfered in with the 4.0 club from a JUCO.)

Your professors at KCAI know your name and your art work. When I attended classes at KCAI, it was one of the top four art schools in the nation. Most of the professors are nationally/globally recognized artists/art historians/writers. Most of the classes applies to art or feeds back into your own art work in some way or another.

If you want to party and dream about sex, go to a state university. (It's a lot less expensive and the selection of the opposite sex is much larger.) If you want to party every night, have more ass than a toilet seat, see the world, blow stuff up and get paid at the same time, join the military. HOWEVER, if you are dead set on doing attending art school, I am letting you know that this school is not easy. The graduation rate has been very low for this school (Less than 25%.)There are a lot of people who fail out or drop out before or during the hazing period. If you are an independent self starting type and know how to let stuff slide off your shoulders, you can probably make it though 4 years of KCAI. (Good luck getting in...)

If you get accepted, your typical day will be spent on campus from sun up to sun down, and at the Nelson Atkins, the Kemper, Crossroads Art District, the library.

Good Luck...

4th Year Male -- Class 2005
Education Quality: A, Extracurricular Activities: C
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