Student Life

We believe learning experiences extend beyond the classroom. KyCAD provides opportunities to connect, stimulate curiosity, and become involved in the campus community through a variety of cultural, social, and recreational activities and programs.


Louisville, Kentucky, the largest city in the Commonwealth, is consistently ranked among the top places to live in the U.S. based on affordability, job prospects and overall quality of life. Our vibrant music and performing arts scene, eclectic local restaurants and coffee shops, and many city parks can greatly enhance one’s college experience.


The Kentucky College of Art + Design’s campus connects Louisville’s SoBro neighborhood with historic Old Louisville. Campus facilities are located within blocks of the Louisville Free Public Library and The Filson Historical Society. The Speed Art Museum, 21C Museum Hotel, KMAC Museum, and Museum Row are located within a convenient mile and a half of campus, accessible via the fare-free 4th Street (Rt. 1) LouLift.

Although KyCAD does not operate our own campus housing facilities, the area surrounding the campus has a variety of housing options including The Marshall which offers fully furnished apartments and a roommate matching system.


The well-being of students is a priority at KyCAD. We are focused on creating an environment that promotes health that is built upon inclusivity, respect, and compassion. We offer free mental health counseling services to all enrolled students.

Prospective students can access local crime statistics by clicking here.

2021 Security and Safety Report


See All Events
2023 BFA Thesis Exhibition on view through July

Our 2023 BFA thesis exhibition was outrageously successful. If you missed opening night, you can still email for a…

New Exhibition Opening Reception on March 3
Humanimal Exhibition + Reception + Artist Talk

JOIN US! Kentucky College of Art + Design is is excited to present the first installment in our new Solarium…

On the Subject of Kentucky Exhibition

Kentucky College of Art + Design is proud to present, “On the Subject of Kentucky,” a fine art exhibition informed…

KyCAD to host Music with a Purpose

JOIN US: on Oct. 22 at 7:30 PM in our historic Speed Mansion Library! Kentucky College of Art + Design…

2022 Fall Open House

JOIN US! October 8th from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
Get a tour of our classroom spaces, 849 gallery and student studios. Bring your art work to receive a portfolio review from our professional faculty and hear from admissions about our program and application process.