National Portfolio Day

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to National Portfolio Day on Nov. 14 in Seattle! 

Check back for here in summer 2022 for next year’s dates and details.

Click below to to learn more about the admission process and portfolio requirements.

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National Portfolio Days are annual events held in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. They are designed to provide a unique opportunity for you to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application. Not all members attend all events. Visit for attendees.

No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Days. Some college and university representatives may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Others have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definitive portfolio decision at the time of your review. All representatives will be happy to discuss their specific programs of study and provide answers to questions about the availability of scholarships and financial aid.

You will not find National Portfolio Days to be an examination or competition, the events are about an exchange of information. The representatives want to learn about you, your work, and your post-secondary plans, all while informing you about their college or university and application requirements. These events may be the first time you have been in an environment with so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to art and design. Use this as an opportunity to be inspired, to gain advice as to how to improve or present your portfolio, and to experience a small taste of what it is like to attend a professional art and design program.


A portfolio of visual artwork that includes your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. Often, sharing the process of arriving at the completed work is as valuable as simply presenting finished products. You will hear many different opinions about your work that will be reflective of the admission requirements of each school. Therefore, we urge you to discuss your work with as many colleges/universities as possible and to bring no more than 15 works. Your portfolio can be presented as original work or on-screen, but make note wifi may not be available at all locations. Students who are not prepared to show a portfolio may attend to gather information from college/university representatives.


  • All National Portfolio Day events are free and open to the public, but due to COVID safety protocols, all participants must adhere to the following requirements.
  • All participants are required to wear masks.
  • All participants should limit themselves to one additional guest.
  • All participants must register through the VisitDays platform for contact tracing purposes.


Art Academy of Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH
Alfred University School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division | Alfred, NY
California College of the Arts | San Francisco, CA
California Institute of the Arts | Valencia, CA
College for Creative Studies | Detroit, MI
Columbus College of Art & Design | Columbus, OH
Cornish College of the Arts | Seattle, WA
Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design | Philadelphia, PA
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising | Los Angeles, CA
Kansas City Art Institute | Kansas City, MO
Laguna College of Art + Design | Laguna, CA
Maine College of Art & Design | Portland, ME
Maryland Institute College of Art | Baltimore, MD
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design | Milwaukee WI
Minneapolis College of Art and Design | Minneapolis, MN
Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University | Portland, OR
Parsons School of Design/Parsons Paris at The New School | New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts | Philadelphia, PA
Pratt Institute | New York, NY
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) | San Francisco, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Il
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University | Boston, MA
School of Visual Arts | New York, NY
Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts | Syracuse, NY
University of the Arts | Philadelphia, PA
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts) | Richmond, VA
Washington University in St. Louis | St.Louis, MO

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