Fall 2022 Open House - Schedule of Events

Check-in begins at 12:30 PM and will be available for the duration of the event for those arriving later. See below for a breakdown of all the events and activities happening throughout the day.

Information Sessions

All sessions are happening at specific times

1:10 PM - Welcome to KCAD

Boyer Hall (Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Room 217)
President Tara McCrackin and Dean of Academic Affairs Stephen Halko welcome you to KCAD. 

1:15 PM - Learn About the KCAD Admissions Process

Boyer Hall (Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Room 217)
Our Admissions team is here to help you navigate the process of applying and answer any questions you might have. 

1:30 PM - Inside KCAD Student Life: Current Student Panel

Boyer Hall (Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Room 217)
Hear straight from current KCAD students about what life in our creative community is like. 


Program Specific Events


Art History: All You Need to Know About  the Art History Program and Gen Ed at KCAD

2nd floor, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building
Connect with Art History and General Education faculty and learn how KCAD gives you the flexibility to explore creative career paths while building a strong foundation for your future.

Digital Art and Design: Faculty Tour and Demo of Program Spaces/Resources

7th floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Go inside the spaces and resources that power our Digital Art and Design program, including a professional audio studio and labs filled with Cintiq digital drawing tablets.

Fashion Studies and Fine Arts Collaboration: Upcycle T-shirts

Atrium (main lobby), 17 Fountain St. NW building
Give new purpose to old t-shirts by re-engineering and printing on them. Students and faculty from the Fashion Studies prgram, the Drawing program, and the Screenprinting class will be on hand re-envisioning
and fabricating shirts and accessories.

Fashion Studies: Fashion Lab Tour

Room 313, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building
Explore the workspaces where Fashion Studies students bring their original garment designs to life. 

Fine Arts: Hands-On Screenprinting Activity

Atrium (main lobby), 17 Fountain St. NW building
Connect with faculty from our fine art programs and dive into hands-on experimentation with screenprinting equipment to create a unique takeaway.

Foundations First Year Experience: Student Work and Creative Process Showcase

1st Floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Connect with faculty from the Foundations First Year Experience courses to see how they unite first-year KCAD students in a shared experience that strengthens their core creative skills and fosters community on campus.

Graphic Design: Faculty-Led Program Tour

4th floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Connect with Graphic Design faculty and see the spaces and tools students use to craft compelling visual communication and forge their own identity as designers.

Illustration: Meet-and-Greet and Portrait Drawing Activity / Digital Painting Demos

Portrait Drawing: 3rd floor balcony, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Digital Painting Demos: Room 317, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Connect with Illustration Professor Patricia Constantine while she draws your portrait. Adjunct instructors will also be doing live digital painting demos. 

Interior Design: Meet-and-Greet and Color Palette Workshop

5th floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Connect with faculty and current students to see what life as a KCAD Interior Design student is like. Then, create a color and material palette for a mock client using actual samples from the Interior Design Resource Room. 

Life Sciences and Pre-Medical Illustration: At the Intersection of Art and Science

17 Fountain St. NW building, Room 318
Explore the world of medical illustration through student and professional work, and see how our Life Sciences and Pre-Medical Illustration students go beyond art with interactive anatomy activities like “Pin the Organ on the Body.”

Master of Architecture: Form Finding Charrette and Model Making

17 Fountain St. NW building, Room 502
Collaborate with current Master of Architecture students to create models of architectural structures using plaster, fabric, and gravity.

Painting/Master of FIne Arts Painting: Explore an Exhibition by MFA Painting Candidate Jacob Wiseheart

Gallery 602, 17 Fountain St. NW building (Room 602)
Explore MFA Painting candidate Jacob Wiseheart’s show Memories Americana: Finding Peace Through Metacognition and Memory, featuring large-scale paintings that deconstruct vernacular American spaces.

Photography: Facilities Tour and Portrait Photography Activity

3rd floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Explore the wealth of creative resources available to Photography students, have your portrait taken by Photo Lab Assistants, and shoot a portrait of your guests using DSLR cameras, strobe flash equipment, and creative backgrounds. 

Product Design: Digital Sketching/Digital Modeling/3D Printing Demonstrations

2nd floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Join Product Design students and faculty for live demonstrations of the digital sketching, digital modeling, and 3D printing processes used to make product ideas a reality.

Sculpture and Functional Art: Ceramic Wheel Throwing

Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Room 025
Get up close and personal with the KCAD ceramics studio and learn how to use the process of wheel throwing to create limitless sculptural forms.


Drop-In Events

All drop-in events will be ongoing throughout the day—feel free to stop by whenever!

Financial Aid Information and Q&A

17 Fountain St. NW building, Room 103
Our Financial Aid team will help you understand your options when it comes to funding your education, demystify the FAFSA, and help you uncover opportunities you may not be aware of. 

Portfolio Reviews/Admissions Q&A

17 Fountain St. NW building, Room 103
Get feedback on your work with a supportive,  pressure-free portfolio review. Our Admissions  staff will also be available to answer any questions you might have about applying to KCAD. 

Resources for Students

Welcome Center, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Learn about the wealth of reources availabe to KCAD students, both on campus and out in the surrounding Grand Rapids community. 

iRL: In Real Life (Student Exhibition)

Alluvium Gallery, 1st floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Experimental and uncurated, featuring everything from prototypes and works in-process to finished work created by all levels of our KCAD community. 

Beyond Words (Student Exhibition)

KCAD Library, 3rd floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Group exhibition centered around artwork that incorporates research and creative process.

KCAD FLEXlab: Explore Digital Fabrication

1st floor, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Check out all of the digital fabrication techavailable to KCAD students, from 3D printers and scanners to laser cutters and large-format printers, and create a custom-engraved coin to take home.


1st floor, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building
Browse a diverse assortment of KCAD merch,creative supplies, and original pieces from local artists and designers. 

Sweet Treats from Olly's Donuts

Rear parking lot, 17 Fountain St. NW building
Upon check-in, every guest will receive a ticket for a free and undeniably delicious donut from our friends at Olly's Donuts. 

Event Details

When: Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 1-4 PM
Where: 17 Fountain St. NW / Grand Rapids, MI / 49503




Contact KCAD Admissions:

Phone: 616.259.1118
Email: [email protected]