KyCAD students are Spalding University students and have access to all of the amenities afforded a Spalding student.

Admission to the BFA in Studio Art engages all, while accommodating students with varying amounts of artistic experience. Automatic admission into Spalding University requires a 2.5 GPA and a 20 on the ACT, or equivalent score of 950 on the SAT.

If the minimum admission requirements are not met, you have the option to write a one-page personal statement to accompany your materials.

How to Apply

A Kentucky College of Art and Design student must be accepted by Spalding University and have a final portfolio accepted by a KyCAD faculty member or admissions counselor.

1. Complete the application for admission online or in person. You can apply online for free at
2. Submit official transcripts from each school, college or university previously attended to the Admissions Office.

Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked “issued to student” or any transcript that is hand-delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

First Year Students (less than 24 hours of college coursework): Submit official high school transcript or present evidence of satisfactory scores from the test of General Education Development (GED) and ACT or SAT test score report(s). Test scores are not required of applicants who have been out of high school for five years or more. Submit official transcripts from each college and/or university previously attended (if applicable).

Transfer Students (more than 24 hours of college coursework): Submit official transcripts from each college and/or university previously attended. No test scores are required.

3. Complete a portfolio review with a Kentucky College of Art and Design representative.

Portfolio Requirements

A portfolio is required for admission to the Kentucky College of Art and Design at Spalding University.

The first year portfolio of admission to KyCAD must contain around 10 to 15 original pieces that exemplify your best and most recent work. We recommend having some pieces that are created from real life observation rather than pieces created from imagination or copies of other pieces (like a drawing of a photograph).

Portfolios are reviewed on an individual basis. Your admissions counselor will help you build your portfolio for Final Submission. Your final portfolio will be submitted digitally. Contact the admissions office for details.

How Do I Submit My Portfolio for Review?
A. Present your portfolio to an admissions counselor when they visit your High School or at a local portfolio event.
B. Present your portfolio at one of the Kentucky College of Art and Design Open House Portfolio Days.
C. Call your admissions counselor to schedule a Visit/Tour/Portfolio Review.
D. Submit your portfolio digitally. Take digital photos of your work, label it properly, and include a proof sheet describing the pieces. Contact the admissions office for details on where to mail.

Financial Aid

Everyone deserves access to art. We open the door. Our process and criteria are accessible and inclusive.

Endowed Scholarship Program
Spalding University’s Endowed Scholarship Program (ESP) offers institutional scholarship opportunities for currently enrolled and officially accepted applicants on an annual basis.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is open for students to apply for financial aid at It is recommended that all students planning to attend the university apply on January 1, or soon after.

Completion of the FAFSA is required to be eligible for scholarships at the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University.

Merit Scholarship Awards
Spalding offers a variety of merit awards to defray the cost of tuition.

KyCAD Scholarships
Kentucky College of Art and Design offers many private scholarship funds based on financial need and/or portfolio review.

For more details, contact the Admissions Office (502) 873-4374 or the Financial Aid office (502) 873-4330.