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Admissions Philosophy

The Kentucky College of Art + Design’s admission process reflects the College’s educational Mission. KyCAD wishes to serve as a school for all students, from all backgrounds. KyCAD seeks to admit undergraduate students who will be nurtured in individualized exploration, development, and expression of their creative practice.

We recognize not only the importance of academic merit, but the qualities of motivation, intellectual curiosity, and personal attributes. In evaluating applications, we place primary emphasis on these qualities.

Applying to KyCAD

Our application process is similar to other art schools. You will need to fill out an application and submit transcripts and a portfolio of recent artwork. We do not require an application fee or standardized test scores and we give applicants the option to supplement their application with a personal statement and letters of recommendation.

Every applicant will be considered for scholarship. KyCAD offers a number of opportunities ranging from partial to 4-year renewable full-tuition scholarships.

Admissions requirements are detailed in the drop downs below.

To request an admissions packet, click APPLY at the top of any page on our website.

Meet with Us

We want to meet you! We invite you to visit our campus to see if KyCAD is right for you, to meet our faculty, and to discuss your work and how our curriculum will help you meet your goals. To schedule a visit, contact Hunter Kissel at 502.430.6191 or

Important Dates + Deadlines

KyCAD has a rolling admissions process. After our priority deadline for each semester, application and scholarship review will occur on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet the deadlines below.

FALL 2019

Priority Deadline for Early Scholarship Review: January 15



Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission to KyCAD requires graduation from an accredited high school with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (or a high school equivalency certificate).

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for Conditional Admission. See below for application additional requirements for consideration.


All applicants to KyCAD must complete an Application for Admission, submit transcripts, and a portfolio of recent artwork. Applicants may supplement their application materials with an optional written personal statement and/or letter(s) of recommendation.

Falsification of any admissions document or portfolio material constitutes grounds for termination of application or dismissal from KyCAD.

In addition, KyCAD may contact the applicant for an on-campus interview.


Official transcripts may be submitted via email to,mail, or in-person. All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. All official transcripts must be received by the college prior to the first day of class.

    • Via E-mail – E-mailed transcripts must be received directly from your school to KyCAD at
    • Via Mail – Mailed transcripts must be received in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your school.
    • In-person – Hand delivered transcripts will be accepted only if they arrive in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by your school.

Home-schooled applicants transcripts from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school and official transcripts from any high school(s) attended. If such transcripts are unavailable, the student must provide an official score report for their high school equivalency exam (eg. GED, TASC or HiSET).

Students with a high school equivalency certificate must submit their official score report in addition to official transcripts from any high school(s) attended, if applicable.


Test Scores

Submission of Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and/or American College Test (ACT) scores is not required, but strongly recommended, if available. If your ACT or SAT scores appear on your high school transcript they will be considered official. Test results are evaluated in relation to your other academic materials.


Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-15 images of recent artwork. The portfolio should demonstrate technical skills and abilities and should represent the applicant’s strengths and artistic interests.

Portfolios may be submitted electronically or reviewed in-person. To schedule an in-person portfolio review, please contact the Office of Admission.

Conditional Admission

If the minimum admission requirements are not met for GPA, applicants must supplement their application materials with a written personal statement and at least one letter of recommendation. In lieu of the written statement, applicants may request an on-campus interview.

Personal Statement

The personal statement, of at least one page, should outline the student’s interests and aspirations. Applicants should include how they believe KyCAD and an education in art will further these goals. Alternatively, KyCAD or the applicant may request an interview.


KyCAD will accept up to three letters of recommendation to accompany application materials for a student not meeting minimum admission requirements. Letters of recommendation should be from a mentor or school official (such as a teacher, guidance counselor, etc) who can attest to the applicant’s academic and artistic experience, personal character, and ability to succeed in a higher education environment. Letters must be mailed to KyCAD’s Office of Admission in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the school.


Students who have attended KyCAD but have not been enrolled for two consecutive semesters are considered inactive and must apply for readmission under the current admission requirements in order to return to KyCAD.

Transfer Admission

In addition to the above admission requirements, transfer applicants must also submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended. Applicants should include work completed at the post-secondary intuitions in their portfolio submission. Unofficial transcript(s) may be submitted with the initial application however, KyCAD must receive official transcript(s) directly from each school to determine any eligible transfer credit.


Every applicant will be considered for scholarship. KyCAD will offer a number of full and partial scholarships.

For its inaugural class, KyCAD is excited to offer competitive 4-year renewable full-tuition scholarships for a select number of students.

In keeping with our mission, these scholarships allow KyCAD to bring an arts education to students who might not have found their way into Higher Education for a wide variety of reasons.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Kentucky College of Art + Design
505 W. Ormsby Ave.
Louisville, KY 40203
502.430.6191 x12