The Bruce Hall is a fantastic new building full of spacious, bright, smart classrooms.
Small class size allows for a lot of one on one attention, a lot of time between the teacher and the student.
We're workers in this in the field, you know. So all the writing classes are taught by writers, you know, working on their poetry, their books, their novels. The curator of the MAR archives, he's been doing that for 30 years, and he has two books that on Charlie Parker, so he teaches the Kansas City jazz. Another thing that's really strong about the program is just the choice that students have their five core courses. And then there are 218 electives.
We feel that the liberal arts are very important so that students are really a well rounded artist or designer or scholar.
They become more articulate about what they do. They also are given a context in the history of the world where they fit in as artists, so they can make sense of what they're doing in the studio.
We are very unique in that we are situated between two major museum. So our art history classes are fantastic because students actually see the objects and see the paintings that they're studying in class, in person on a daily basis. It's so important for students to develop critical thinking skills, analytical skills, problem solving skills. We know that that's what today's employers value in a BFA graduate. And Kansas City Art Institute does a fantastic job of preparing students with those kinds of skills. They're also learning to collaborate with their peers and we also know that employers value that skill as well.