KCAD's specialized undergraduate degree programs in design, fine art, and art history transform your creative passion into a marketable skill set, and from there, a career.
Art HistoryInvestigate creativity as a cultural and social force and influence global dialogues with your critical insights.
Collaborative DesignTransform your curiosity into a powerfully versatile skill set for problem solving and innovation.
Digital Art and DesignCreate cutting-edge experiences with animation, video, 3D art, interaction design, visual development, and sound design delivered through web, VR, and AR as well as digital and physical games.
DrawingDeclare your artistic identity with solid skills and bold experimentation, and emerge poised to draw your unique path.
Fashion StudiesSpark your career in the fashion industry while developing your own voice as a designer.
Graphic DesignEvolve traditional design fundamentals into powerful tools for communication, problem-solving, and creative strategizing.
IllustrationBecome an aesthetically grounded and professionally versatile illustrator who is proficient in both traditional and emerging media.
Interior DesignBecome a creative problem solver who shapes the function, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, and user experience of interior environments.
Life Sciences and Pre-Medical IllustrationGet started on a unique pathway toward a high-demand career with the potential to change lives, improve health, and enhance medical education and health care.
PaintingImmerse yourself in the rich history and vast creative potential of painting to find your unique voice.
PhotographyBlend fine art and commerical approaches to pursue expressive possibilities through a thoughtful balance of concept and technique, and emerge positioned to succeed in a wide variety of photography careers.
Product DesignCreate objects that respond to human need, challenge convention, and elevate the lived experience.
Sculpture and Functional ArtWork with metal, wood, clay, plastic, and mixed and multi-media forms to investigate and express original ideas.
Associate DegreesExplore creative career paths while building a strong foundation for your future.
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.
Foundations: The First Year Experience
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.
Pathways: General Education at KCAD
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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