National Portfolio Day in Seattle

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

Saturday, January 5, 2019

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


Check-in begins: 10:00 am
Portfolio reviews: 11:00 am  - 3:00 pm 
All reviews must end promptly at 3:00 pm

Save time at Check-in!

Students - Pre-register here

Teachers:  Pre-register here.

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

Colleges participating:

Alberta College of Art and DesignCalgaryAB
Alfred University, School of Art and DesignAlfredNY
Arcadia UniversityGlensidePA
Art Center College of DesignPasadenaCA
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) ValenciaCA
California College of the ArtsOaklandCA
Cornish College of the ArtsSeattleWA
Emily Carr University of Art + DesignVancouverBC
Fashion Institute of Technology New YorkNY
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & MerchandisingLos AngelesCA
Laguna College of Art + DesignLaguna BeachCA
Maine College of ArtPortlandME
Maryland Institute College of ArtBaltimoreMD
Massachusetts College of Art and DesignBostonMA
Milwaukee Institute of Art & DesignMilwaukeeWI
Minneapolis College of Art and DesignMinneapolisMN
Oregon College of Art and Craft PortlandOR
Otis College of Art and DesignLos AngelesCA
Pacific Northwest College of Art PortlandOR
Parsons School of DesignNew YorkNY
Pratt InstituteBrooklynNY
Rhode Island School of Design ProvidenceRI
Ringling College of Art and DesignSarasotaFL
Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterNY
San Francisco Art InstituteSan FranciscoCA
School of the Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL
School of Visual ArtsNew YorkNY
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art New YorkNY
The University of British ColumbiaVancouverBC
The University of the ArtsPhiladelphiaPA
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & DesignAnn ArborMI
Washington University in St. LouisSt. LouisMO
Woodbury UniversityBurbankCA

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 Visual Arts programs.


  • 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 accreditation and the transfer 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.