Illustration at KCAI is big – as in big program, big opportunities and big commitment to
the discipline. Graduates from KCAI’s illustration program are entering an evolving field with multiple paths forward. Illustrators work digitally, traditionally or a combination of both, and our students have a comprehensive foundation.
The three-credit professional practice seminar introduces students to established illustrators, augmenting their studio and liberal arts studies. These experts offer lectures and demonstrations and interact with students during critiques and workshops. Real-world experience is essential, and illustration majors are required to work alongside professional illustrators via a creative internship or mentorship. Students may also participate in the MICRO Agency illustration elective, a sponsored studio partnership that gives students the opportunity to work on projects with area businesses and organizations. These partners include Hallmark Cards, Kansas City Royals, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Lead Bank, Kansas City Zoo and the Coterie Theatre.