Information for Participating Schools
All NPDA events are open to the public. Students and members of their communities are welcome to attend these events without registering. Attending as a member of the public is free.
Only NPDA member art and design colleges and universities may register to review portfolios and meet prospective students. Schools must register at portfolioday.net during the summer registration period, typically June through July 15.
List of 2017 Participating Schools
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Art Center College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
The Cooper Union School of Art
Cornish College of the Arts
Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
George Mason University School of Art
Iowa State University College of Design
Kansas City Art Institute
University of Kansas Departments of Design & Visual Art
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Memphis College of Art
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art & Design
New Hampshire Institute of Art
New York School of Interior Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
PrattMWP College of Art and Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
SMFA at Tufts University
Suffolk University - The New England School of Art & Design
Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Texas Tech University
The University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Art & Art History, College of Fine Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in St. Louis
Watkins College of Art, Design & FilmWoodbury University
Information from the National Portfolio Day Association, from portfolioday.net:
This is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education and career in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from institutions offering professional programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
What is a National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.
National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes. Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback. We understand that some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Don't be discouraged if you see work that is "better" than yours. A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you have seen so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to the arts. The experience is a small taste of what a professional art program can be like.
National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information about your work, yourself, your college plans, and your concerns. This is not an examination or competition. The college representatives are pleased to talk about their programs with you and can be most helpful when discussing your artwork. Your portfolio should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks and tear sheets. You'll hear many different opinions of your work. Don't hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Day. Some colleges represented may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Other colleges have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definite portfolio decision at the time of your review. We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.
What is 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 regionally accredited US colleges and universities that are accredited institutional members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and Canadian colleges and universities that are members of Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) or that hold NASAD Substantial Equivalency status. NPDA is the only organization of its kind and the membership represent the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.
*Please note that NASAD only reviews curricular programs in the visual arts and design. For more information about specific majors please contact the college directly.
Choosing an Art College
The first and most important thing to remember in choosing an education in the visual arts is that artmaking is a special kind of learning experience. In addition to considering academic standards, extracurricular activities, housing, costs, and financial aid, there are other things to think about. Of particular concern to art students should be the faculty, facilities, and equipment, proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources. We urge you to thoroughly read about the art colleges in which you think you are interested. Try your best to visit them. Get a feel of the college before you make your final decision. Investigate its accreditation and transferability of credits, and be sure you understand its degree offerings and majors. Get as much information as you can so that you can choose a supportive and stimulating environment that is right for you.
We look forward to reviewing your work. We are interested in your development, and will endeavor to provide you with the information necessary for you to make the right choice for the next important step in your education.