Four Easy Ways to Register

Online: Have your credit card ready and choose a class from the Class Schedule, then click to register and pay.

In person: During museum hours, you may drop off a printed registration form with credit card information or a check payable to “KIA.”

By phone: Have your class choice and credit card ready and call (269) 349-7775.

By mail: Mail registration form with check payable to “KIA” or credit card information to: KIA School Registration, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo MI 49007.

Important Information

  • If the class registered for is filled, applicants will be notified.
  • Full payment is due at time of registration.
  • The KIA reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment. In the event a class is canceled, full refunds will be issued.

Refund Policy

A $30 registration fee is withheld from all refunds. An additional $30 is withheld after the first day of class. No refunds are given on the day of the second class. Refunds for classes meeting eight weeks or less will only be given the day after the first class meeting. No refunds are given for Art Camp after the first day of camp. Refund requests for one- or two-day workshops and visiting artist workshops may be made up to one week before the workshop begins or as stated. An additional workshop registration fee may be withheld if noted in the class schedule. A $30 returned check fee will be charged by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. These policies are strictly enforced. Refunds are never issued for missed classes.

Scholarships

The Art School has an extensive scholarship program, based on financial need that provides an opportunity for adults and children to study art at the KIA. There are also three merit scholarships awarded annually. For more information regarding scholarships, click here.

Membership Discounts

KIA members are able to enroll in two classes at the member tuition rate in a given membership year.

Director’s Circle Members receive one tuition-free class in the Kirk Newman Art School per given membership year.

Class Cancellations Due to Weather

Classes may be canceled due to bad weather. The decision to cancel evening classes will be made by 3 pm. In the event of inclement weather, students should visit kiarts.org for a message on the homepage, phone the KIA or watch WWMT Channel 3. When possible, classes will be rescheduled by the instructor.

School Dismissal Policy

If a student’s behavior is deemed to be rude, disruptive, or inappropriate, the instructor maintains the right to dismiss the person from the class with a warning. Students suspected of any form of substance abuse, including but not limited to drugs or alcohol, will be removed from the premises, given a warning and not be allowed to return prior to an interview and approval by the Director of the School. In the event of subsequent behavior problems or suspicion of substance abuse, they will be dismissed from the KIA without benefit of class refund or access to further programming.

Class Cancellations

We encourage students to sign up early. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. In the event a class is canceled, full refunds will be issued.

Lockers

Small and large lockers are available for rental through the school office.

Suggestions for a Course of Study

If you have any questions about appropriate classes for your level or which courses complement previous study, please call the school office 269-585-9266 or email for guidance.

KIA Member Priority Registration

KIA member registration begins one week before open registration each term. Spring and summer terms open for registration at the same time, in February each year.

Refunds

Class tuition is for an entire session. Refunds are never issued for missed classes. A $30 registration fee is withheld from all refunds. An additional $30 is withheld after the first day of class. No refunds are given the day of the second class. Refunds for classes meeting eight weeks or less will only be given the day after the first class meeting. No refunds are given for Art Camp after the first day of camp. Refund requests for one- or two-day workshops and visiting artist workshops may be made up to one week before the workshop begins or as stated. An additional workshop registration fee may be withheld if noted in the class schedule. A $30 returned check fee will be charged by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. These policies are strictly enforced.

Parking

Free parking is available in our lots on Lovell and South streets.

Promotional Photography

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts reserves the right to photograph activities that occur on its premises. These images may be used for promotional purposes.