Fall 2021 Open House
Transform your creativity into career opportunity
If you want to make things that make the world better, you belong at KCAD! Come to our Fall 2021 Open House and discover how our hands-on degree programs, expert faculty, resource-rich campus, and supportive creative community can translate your passion for making into a marketable skill set—and from there, a dynamic career.
This interactive event will give you an opportunity to:
- Connect with our expert faculty, who are themselves working designers and artists
- Learn more about the creative career paths our immersive degree programs can open up for you
- Get feedback our your portfolio from KCAD Admissions counselors
- Tour the KCAD campus and see all of the tools, tech, and resources our students have access to
- Ask questions—and get answers—on the admissions process, financial aid, campus life, and so much more
What Makes a KCAD Education Different?
We emphasize small class sizes and one-on-one interaction, which means our expert faculty are more than your teachers—they’re your mentors.
Our career-oriented programs will help you build vital creative problem-solving and communication skills that employers in every industry are looking for in their next hire.
More than just a degree, you'll graduate from KCAD with 21st-century skills, industry connections, and a strong creative portfolio that will propel you forward into the future.
Here, you'll learn by doing through hands-on experiences, industry interactions, collaborative real-world projects, and community engagement.
Located in the heart of creative-centric Grand Rapids, our dynamic urban campus is powered by the same tools and cutting-edge technologies the pros use.
Alumni Stories: Where Can A KCAD Education Take You?
('13, BFA Illustration)
What's life like for a freelance illustrator specializing in creating artwork for tabletop games? Alyssa Menold recounts her journey post-KCAD—from roaming conventions trying to get her foot in the door to watching the cast of Stranger Things playing with Dungeons and Dragons stuff she created. And in-between, she takes us inside her process and offers some sage advice to those looking to make the most of their creativity.
('05, BFA Furniture Design)
Owner, C Yanxin Designs
At KCAD, Yanxin Chen program and soaking up every experience that came his way, from immersion in the rich history of the craft to industry connections that opened up invaluable internship and employment opportunities. Now, as the creative force behind C Yanxin Designs, Yanxin is one of the foremost furniture designers working in the industry today, and he's continually pushing toward what's next.
('18, BFA Interior Design)
Owner, Mont Design
When COVID-19 stranded Lauren Copping in Bali, she had two choices: put her creative career plans on hold or adapt. With her unique company, Mont Design, Lauren is embracing a nomadic approach to work/life balance and building a thriving full-service remote interior design firm that meets clients where they are, no matter what part of the world they (or she) happen to be in.