National Portfolio Day in Seattle

Presented by National Portfolio Day Association and Cornish College of the Arts.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cornish College of the Arts
Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
Maps and Directions


Check-in begins: 10:00am
Portfolio reviews: 11:00am-3:00pm
All reviews must end promptly at 3:00 pm
No RSVP necessary

For more information, call Cornish College of the Arts at 1.800.726.ARTS

Save time at Check-in! Bring the completed registration form with you

Colleges participating in the 2016 Portfolio Day

  • Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), Valencia, CA
  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
  • College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
  • The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
  • Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
  • FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC
  • Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
  • New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
  • Paris College of Art, Paris, France
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, CO
  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
  • Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO
  • Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

Reviewing for Cornish College:

If you are planning to review with Cornish at Seattle National Portfolio Day, we recommend you follow the Portfolio guidelines published by the Art/Design/Film+Media programs.

If you are applying for admission for Fall 2016:

Complete Part-One (Application for Admission, essays and transcripts) by January 2nd and Part-Two (your portfolio review) during Portfolio Day; we will mail an admission decision to you by January 15, 2016


  • Free parking will be available in the Cornish lots until they are full. Additional paid parking is available at the corner of Virginia and Boren, one block South of Main Campus Center.
  • Parking and barrier-free access for the mobility impaired is available. We recommend you call the Office of Admission at 206.726.5016 or Campus Security at 206.726.5083 for directions to these spaces.

The National Portfolio Day Association

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The Association consists of representatives from colleges and universities which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and which meet the membership requirements of the NPDA. The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada. For further information about events and member schools, please visit our website at

National Portfolio Days

National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists, held at host colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. No pre-registration is necessary, and there is no cost to attend. National Portfolio Days bring students together with experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans, and share information about their programs. These events are not an examination or a competition. The college representatives are interested in your development, look forward to reviewing your work, and will provide you with helpful information for the next step in your education. We recommend that you use your time at a National Portfolio Day to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

At a National Portfolio Day, you'll get a small taste of what it could be like to attend a professional art program. You'll see a variety of artwork created by young artists with varying skills and experiences. You may hear many different opinions about your work. Be prepared to discuss the way you develop your ideas, your background in art, and your thoughts about your future direction.

No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at a National Portfolio Day. Some of the colleges represented may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application, and others have policies which prohibit making a definitive admission decision at the time of your review. All will expect that your artwork will progress in the coming months.

If you are interested in graduate programs, we encourage you to contact individual institutions, as all colleges will not be prepared to review graduate portfolios at National Portfolio Days.

Choosing an Art Program

Art making is a special kind of learning experience. As a potential art student, you'll especially want to look at each college's faculty, facilities, and equipment. You should also consider the college's proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources, in addition to its academic standards, extracurricular activities, location, housing, costs, scholarships, and financial aid opportunities.

We urge you to gather enough information so that you may choose a supportive and stimulating art college environment that meets your individual needs. Try your best to visit the colleges that interest you to get a feel for each school before you make your final decision. Investigate the college's accreditations and the transferability of their credits, and be sure you understand each school's degree offerings and majors.

What To Bring To a National Portfolio Day

We recommend that you bring up to twenty pieces of your best, most recent work. Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. Bring your original artwork whenever possible, and please do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. Keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest to us.

If you bring slides of work that is too large or fragile to carry, or digital representations of work that is time-based such as video, animation, or performance, it is your responsibility to ensure that the work may be viewed. You may choose to bring your own slide viewer, video camera, and/or laptop to show your work. Be advised, however, that you will not have access to an electric outlet.