KyCAD on track to become Kentucky's first independent art college

KyCAD on track to become Kentucky's first independent art college
An KySCAD exhibit inside the department at Spalding University. KyCAD's new location will be in downtown Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky College of Art and Design (KyCAD) announced plans for becoming an independent college of art on Thursday, paving the way to becoming Kentucky's first independent arts and design college.

KyCAD is currently a department within Spalding University. The announcement means that would change: KyCAD would break off to create a stand-alone college.

"We plan to create an entrepreneurial, research-focused college of art and design," KyCAD President Moira Scott Payne said.

The new stand-alone arts school has plans for a new campus in the heart of downtown Louisville, which KyCAD is in the final stages of securing, Payne said in a statement.

The college will pursue accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Accreditation would the college's standards of education - and degrees - are on par with other national public and private colleges and universities.

"This is a milestone day for KyCAD," founder and arts professor Churchill Davenport said. "It's been quite a journey from our humble beginnings in the basement of the 21c Museum Hotel to the great partnership we've enjoyed with our hosts at Spalding University for the past eight years."

Accreditation from SACSCOC would also mean students could transfer credits between KyCAD and other accredited schools, like Spalding University, the University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky. The majority of colleges and universities in the United States are accredited.

"In partnership with the leading organizations of the city of Louisville, KyCAD will be an energetic source of arts agency," Payne said. "Art colleges today focus on developing graduates with the interdisciplinary creative skills that can be applied to strategies to tackle business and community challenges. We will work tirelessly for the next few years to meet and exceed the accreditation standards."

KyCAD began a decade ago when Davenport, a Louisville native, acted on his vision of establishing a world-class arts and design college in his hometown.

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