National Portfolio Day

Saturday, November 22, 2014
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

If you are interested in studying art and/or design at the college level, you should attend Portfolio Day. This educational event for young artists brings together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans, and share information about their schools.

Portfolio Day is not an examination or a competition. The reviewers look forward to seeing your work and providing you with helpful information for this next important step in your education. A portfolio review usually takes approximately 15 minutes.

Participation will give you a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art program. Keep in mind you may hear many different opinions about your work. This is your chance to explain your thought process and show us where you want to go with your work.

What to Bring

Please bring original artwork when possible (15 to 20 pieces is fine.) These could include your sketch books, works in progress and what you consider your best finished pieces. If your work is large, three-dimensional or otherwise hard to carry, you can bring photographs of the work instead. You may bring your own laptop if you wish, but we will not have laptops available on which to view images online or stored on a flash drive. 

Participating Schools

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Alfred University

Arcadia University

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Art Center College of Design

CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)

California College of the Arts

Center for Art and Design The College of Saint Rose

Cleveland Institute of Art

College for Creative Studies

Columbus College of Art and Design

Corcoran College of Art + Design

Delaware College of Art and Design

Fashion Institute of Technology

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

Kansas City Art Institute

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Laguna College of Art + Design

Lesley University College of Art and Design

Lyme Academy

Maine College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Memphis College of Art

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Montserrat College of Art



Moore College of Art and Design

New York School of Interior Design

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Otis College of Art and Design

Paris College of Art

Parsons The New School for Design

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

Pratt Institute


Purchase College, SUNY: School of Art and Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Ringling College of Art and Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rowan University

San Francisco Art Institute

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

School of Visual Arts

Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts

The Cooper Union School of Art

The University of the Arts

Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Washington University in Saint Louis

Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film