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Open House

November 9, 2019 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Spark your creative career

All around the world, KCAD alumni are finding success by doing work they love. Join us for KCAD's Open House and discover how our immersive programs, expert faculty, resource-rich campus, and supportive creative community can transform your passion for making into a world of professional opportunity.

The Open House events provide prospective students to KCAD Undergraduate and Graduate Programs the opportunity to visit the school, get in-depth views of the admissions process, including receiving information on scholarships and financial aid.

This event is formatted as an open house, meaning you can choose how you engage with the programming being offered. We'll offer structured presentations from areas such as Admissions and Financial Aid but you'll also have the opportunity to engage with faculty and staff throughout the event.

Come see what we're all about!

Student Registration Form

Teacher & Counselor Registration Form

>> Check-In begins at 12:15 PM. Programming begins promptly at 1:00! <<

Map & Directions | Notification of Road Closures

Create Your Own Agenda

This event is an open house format -- but we recommend you arrive before 1:00pm so you can make the most of your time on campus and the packed programming we have to offer.

Interactive Sessions

Designed to showcase the tools, spaces, and supportive learning environments that empower KCAD students to reach their creative potential.

Art Education – Inside the Student Experience

Go inside KCAD’s Art Education program with this opportunity to connect directly with current students, who will be on hand to talk about their experiences, answer your questions, show you around the program’s facilities.

Art History - Fashion History Lecture

This immersive lecture brings the past to life by illustrating the link between what we wear, how we live, who we are, and who we want to become.

Collaborative Design - Design The Ultimate Coffee Table: A Collaborative Competition

Team up with KCAD students to see who can come together to design the most outrageously functional coffee table in this fast, furious, and fun competition, complete with prizes!

Digital Art and Design - Audio Recording and Sound Design

Step into the world of professional audio production as you record voiceovers, mix music and create sound effects. Experience the power that audio brings to animation and interactive media!

Digital Art and Design - Multimedia Game Design

KCAD students don’t just learn about game design; they design award-winning games themselves! Step inside recent projects Miner Madness and PowderKeg and see how games are designed, illustrated, and made interactive.

Digital Art and Design - Augmented and Virtual Reality Character Animation and Voiceover

Go behind the scenes of an augmented reality project created by KCAD students that will soon be featured at the Grand Rapids Public Museum! See how we created this empathy-building app that puts you in the shoes of people living with challenges like dyslexia and OCD.

Digital Art and Design - Careers in Digital Art and Design

Learn how a fearless approach to the digital world can future-proof your professional career. Immerse yourself in art, sound, animation, and interactivity with a tour of our expansive Digital Art and Design facilities.

Drawing - Gesture Drawing from a Live Model

How do artists capture the beautiful nuances of human motion? Find out for yourself as KCAD Drawing faculty lead you through an observation and drawing exercise with a live model.

Fashion Studies - Fashion Collection Presentation and Studio Tour

What’s life like in KCAD’s Fashion Studies program? Hear it straight from current students as they lead you on a tour of the program’s studio facilities and show off designs from their Capstone Collections.

Furniture Design - Design The Ultimate Coffee Table: A Collaborative Competition

Team up with KCAD students to see who can come together to design the most outrageously functional coffee table in this fast, furious, and fun competition, complete with prizes!

General Education - Tell Your Story

Do you have a story to tell, but you’re not sure how to tell it? Join General Education faculty in a quick, engaging exercise that explores the building blocks of narrative.

Graphic Design - Portfolio Presentation from 2019 Graphic Design Excellence Award Recipient Dee Derusha

What can a degree in Graphic Design from KCAD do for you? Listen to recent graduate Dee Derusha as she shares the highlights of her student experience and shows off some of the design work that’s helping her launch a successful career.

Illustration - Watercolor, Pen and Ink Project

Get your hands on the same tools KCAD Illustration students use every day and let your imagination run wild as you create an original piece and laminate it to use however you want.

Industrial Design - Product Design Demonstration and Discussion

Discover how you can use your creativity to design innovative products that solve problems, meet users’ needs, and improve lives.

Interior Design - Color Palette Workshop

Create a color and material palette for a client using actual design samples from KCAD’s Interior Design Resource Room, then see your ideas come to life with 3D modeling software.

Master of Architecture

We invite yhou to join KCAD M.Arch students and faculty for a conversation about the future of architecture. Allow one hour, and then head to the 2:00pm Graduate Program informational session. Studio tours to follow.

Master of Art Education

See Art Education

Master of Arts or Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies

Graduate students will give presentations narrating their journey from undergraduate to graduate school, linking their work as practicing artists to their MA research.

Master of Fine Arts Drawing

See Drawing

Master of Fine Arts Painting

See Painting

Master of Fine Arts Photography

See Photography

Master of Fine Arts Printmaking

See Printmaking

Medical Illustration - Digital Painting with Cintiqs

You may have painted on a canvas - now try painting on a touchscreen! Experience the amazing creative possibilities of digital painting on the same Cintiq tablets KCAD Medical Illustration students use every day.

Metals and Jewelry Design - Bronze Casting from Vaporized 3D Prints

See incredible possibilities emerge when a centuries-old casting technique meets the latest in digital fabrication technology, and leave this interactive demonstration with a unique takeaway.

Painting - Oil Painting Demonstrations, Working from a Live Model

Observe master figurative painter and KCAD Professor Boyd Quinn as he demonstrates the techniques he uses to capture the form and expressiveness of a live model.

Photography - Postcard Photograms

Step inside the KCAD Darkroom and discover how to create a photograph without a camera, using a time-honored technique to create something completely new.

Printmaking - Papermaking, Screenprinting, and Monotypes

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in KCAD’s expansive Printmaking Studio, where you’ll experiment with papermaking, screenprinting, and monotypes.

Sculpture and Functional Art - Ceramic Wheel Throwing Demonstration

Get up close and personal with one in the KCAD ceramics studio and learn how to use the process of wheel throwing to create limitless sculptural forms.

FlexLab - Laser Cutting Letters

Welcome to the FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab, where you’ll get to learn about the cutting-edge tools our students use to explore creative possibilities while our laser cutter gives shape to a keychain you design.


All presentations take place on the 2nd Floor of KCAD’s Woodbridge N Ferris (WNF) Building

This is KCAD | This is UICA | This is GR

(Approximately 30 minutes)

Find out what makes KCAD’s supportive creative community the perfect environment for you to grow in: creatively, professionally, and personally. We’ll highlight program offerings, campus resources, and the world of opportunity that exists outside of campus in the greater community of Grand Rapids.

Getting involved: Making the Most of Life at KCAD!

(Approximately 30 minutes)

At KCAD, you’re never far from an open door, whether its connecting with your fellow creatives in student clubs and co-curricular activities, expanding your perspective on a study away trip, or getting the support you need from counseling, tutoring, and disability services.

Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) Admissions & Requirements

(Approximately 30 minutes)

Not sure which one of our 17 specialized undergraduate degree programs is right for you? Explore all of the possibilities, including KCAD’s customizable General Education Pathways model, and learn everything you need to know to navigate the admissions process.

Graduate (Master’s) Admissions & Programming

(Approximately 30 minutes)

Learn how KCAD’s graduate programs can take your creativity to the next level through an immersive process of guided exploration. Our Graduate Recruitment Specialist will guide you through our graduate program offerings and break down the requirements for admission.

An Affordable Future: Financial Aid and Scholarship Overview

(Approximately 20 minutes)

How much does KCAD cost? What financial aid opportunities are available, and how do I apply? Staff from our Financial Aid Office will answer these questions and more in this jam-packed session.

Transferring to KCAD

(Approximately 20 minutes)

KCAD is committed to helping every transfer student get set up to succeed. Have questions about the transfer process, what’s required, and how existing credits will transfer? Get them answered here.

Continuing Studies and Dual Enrollment

(Approximately 20 minutes)

Did you know that you can begin your KCAD experience while still in high school? Learn more about our High School Dual Enrollment program and non-credit Continuing Studies courses to see how you can get a head start on your creative education.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) - 2 Fulton West

(Hours: 12:00pm- 9:00pm. Tours begin at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm)

A vital part of KCAD’s vibrant downtown campus, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) gives our students access to thought-provoking exhibitions, world-class cinema, and interactions with dynamic contemporary artists. Let UICA staff know you’re with KCAD’s Open House and get free gallery admission and $5 movie tickets (Nov. 9 only).

On-Going Programming


Admissions & Financial Aid Service Center

(First-come, first-served)

Meet one-on-one with an Admissions Counselor to get your questions answered and/or receive feedback on your portfolio. A KCAD Financial Aid Officer will also be available for one-on-one meetings.

Baker Furniture Collection

The Baker Furniture Collection provides hands-on access to period furniture and decorative arts from around the world – ancient, modern, and everything in between.

KCAD Bookstore

Stop by the KCAD Bookstore for Pumpkin Spice coffee and cappuccino as well as a wide variety of snacks and beverages. Today only, take an additional 50% off all clearance merch and download the app MyCollegeBookstore to access even more discounts.

Document Drop-Off

If you're actively applying to KCAD, application and enrollment documents (i.e. transcripts) can be dropped off at the Admissions office any time during Open House.

Experience Grand Rapids Walking Tours

The Fed Galleries @ KCAD

The Fed Galleries @ KCAD present a year-round lineup of dynamic exhibitions featuring work from nationally and internationally recognized artists, with powerful programming to enhance learning and connections, including artist

KCAD Dow Center FlexLab

See what’s possible in KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab.

KCAD Material ConneXion Satellite Library

Explore an expansive collection of thousands of the world’s most innovative materials.

Resources for Students

Learn more about the wealth of resources available to students through KCAD, UICA, and Ferris State University as well as those in the local community.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

A vital part of KCAD’s vibrant downtown campus, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) gives our students access to thought-provoking exhibitions, world-class cinema, and interactions with dynamic contemporary artists. Let UICA staff know you’re with KCAD’s Open House and get free gallery admission and $5 movie tickets (Nov. 9 only).

UICA Vamonde App (Tour of UICA Murals) | iPhone | Google App

Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations to participate should contact the KCAD Student Success-Admissions Office at 616.451.2787 x1148 at least 72 hours in advance.