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 of Kentucky, is consistently ranked among the top places to live in the U.S. based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Vibrant music and performing arts scene, locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops, and 120 city parks make Louisville a destination.


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. The area surrounding the campus has a variety of housing options.


The well-being of students is a priority at KyCAD. We are focused on holistic wellness and work with students to create an environment that promotes health that is built upon inclusivity, respect, and compassion. We offer a variety of programs, services, and resources through partnerships with community agencies and peer mentors designed to promote lifelong well-being.

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Open House + Portfolio Review Day

Join us for our next on-campus Open House and Portfolio Review Day on Saturday, May 8th! Appointments are required. Reserve your appointment online here or email us at

Student and Alumni Design Contest: Future Follies Speculative Futures

After a year of pain and tremendous loss, we turn to the architectural flights of fancy planned by Kentucky native Clay Lancaster. In a joint exhibition, the Warwick Foundation and the Kentucky College of Art and Design are proud to bring together the fanciful rural follies of Lancaster’s imagination with the urban follies of KyCAD students and alumni. While none of these fabulous architectural follies physically exists in the landscape, they nonetheless have the power to spark our dreams and hopes for the future, reimagining our surroundings, both rural and urban.

Anchal Project + KyCAD: Art and Design Competition

Image source:   For current KyCAD students and graduates only. We are ecstatic to announce a new collaboration between…

Homed Body: Experimental Film Program

Save the Dates February 8-15, 2021 Description KyCAD is hosting an experimental film program in conjunction with the studio course…

Kara Walker Exhibition and Talk Series

KyCAD is honored to present the brilliant works of Kara Walker. An American artist whose work has been considered the…

A Reception For KYCAD

July 11 and July 23 6:30PM – 8:30PM Please join us at the the Speed Mansion for drinks and light…

Choreographer’s Showcase

KyCAD is thrilled to collaborate with the Louisville Ballet, exploring fertile ground where performing, visual, digital and time-based disciplines meet in exciting joint projects. January 31 – February 2.


In-Between the Real and the Ideal—A choreography for “Alla Hornpipe” from Water Music is formed by the choreography of repeated gestures. The reflections create a partnership between image and music while expressing the nature of performance as choreographed movement of pose-to-pose gestures, or the conductor’s breaths drawn at certain lengths and depths between intervals of time. The work explores the connection between the real and the ideal, image and sound, object and subject, shadow and projection, such as a thing reflected on the surface of water.

KyCAD Gala

Our largest fundraising event of the year! The 2019 Gala honored Rev. Al Shands, one of Louisville’s most prominent and most passionate patrons of the arts, and the work he has done through the Great Meadows Foundation.