YOUR EDUCATION: EXPANDED
KCAD seeks to graduate curious, driven, and versatile leaders who can contribute to and shape the future. That’s why, in addition to their major coursework, all students take a wide range of immersive courses that broaden their skills, enlarge their perspective, and help them connect their individual creativity to the world around them.
The Foundations program unites first-year students in a shared experience that strengthens their core creative skills, expands their sense of professional opportunity, and fosters community on campus.
KCAD’s Pathways model is general education tailored specifically for designers and artists, giving you the freedom to pursue an education that sparks your curiosity and stimulates your creativity.
Expand your creativity and enlarge your perspective through an abridged course of study, generally totaling 15 semester credit hours, in a discipline outside of your major.
Supportive Art History Courses
KCAD students in all majors take Art History courses that foster a deep understanding
of visual creativity and invite exploration of the historical, political, social,
and personal forces that influence artists and designers.
KCAD students pursue creative possibility across the spectrum of design and fine art media. Explore current and past work from all of our academic programs.
KCAD faculty are also expert artists, designers, and scholars who leverage their deep professional experience to help you make the most of your education.
More than just teachers, KCAD faculty are mentors and role models, motivating you to reach your potential in a safe, supportive, and personalized learning environment.
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KCAD's BFA programs in Furniture Design, Industrial Design, and Metals and Jewelry Design have merged into a new program offering: Product Design. The three former programs are no longer accepting new applicants—if you're interested in these disciplines, please visit the Product Design program page.
KCAD is discontinuing the Art Education program over a two-year period beginning at the onset of the fall 2020 semester. While we are no longer accepting applications to this program, we invite you to explore our other undergraduate program options via the links above.