National Portfolio Day

Thinking about pursuing art or design in college? Don't miss National Portfolio Day. It's a chance to have admissions representatives from art and design colleges review your portfolio and give you feedback. Come armed with your best work — whether that means finished pieces, works in progress, or sketchbooks — and we'll give suggestions on how to make your portfolio even more impressive (so it's ready when you apply to CCAD).

Learn more about National Portfolio Day below, including can't-miss NPD events hosted by CCAD in Columbus and Atlanta!

National Portfolio Day events

Oct 07 - 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus
,
OH
43215
United States

Nov 17 - 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm

The Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta
,
GA
30339
United States


 

What is National Portfolio Day? 

National Portfolio Days serve a variety of purposes. Most importantly, they help further the development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork, and offer critique. You'll hear many different opinions about your work. Do not hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas, and where you want to go with them.

Some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Do not be discouraged if you see work that is "better" than yours. A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you see so many people in one place who share a powerful commitment to the arts. This experience is a small taste of what attending a professional art program can be like. We hope you will enjoy the intensity of the experience.

National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information: information about your work, yourself, your college plans, your concerns. They are not an examination or a competition. The colleges represented are pleased to discuss their programs with you. Of course, they can be most helpful when discussing your work.

No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Day.

Some colleges represented may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application. Other colleges have review structures which prohibit them from making a definitive admission decision at the time of your review. All expect your art to progress in the coming months. We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

View the list of majors and minors available.

National Portfolio Association

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. Since 1978, NPDA members have been hosting portfolio days throughout the country. The Association consists of regionally accredited art colleges which are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States.

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, equipment and 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 for the college before you make your final decision.
  • Investigate its accreditation and transferability of credits.
  • 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.

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Do not spend an inordinate amount of time matting or framing your work or worrying about presentation. The work itself is what is of interest. Whenever possible, you should bring your original artwork.

If you bring digital media or work that is time-based, such as video, animation, or performance, it is your responsibility to ensure that the work can be viewed. You may choose to bring your own device (laptop, iPad or other tablets). Be advised, however, that you will not have access to an electrical outlet.

Columbus participating schools

 


School
Location
Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Bowling Green State University, School of Art Bowling Green, OH
Center for Art & Design The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY
Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH
College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI
Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College and Media Arts & Design Philadelphia, PA
Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles, CA
Herron School of Art and Design Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Grand Rapids, MI
Laguna College of Art + Design Laguna Beach, CA
Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
Miami University Oxford, OH
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI
Montserrat College of Art Beverly, MA
Moore College of Art and Design Philadelphia, PA
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland, OR
Parsons School of Design New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia, PA
Pratt Institute New York, NY
Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, FL
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
School of Visual Arts New York, NY
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art New York, NY
Tyler School of Art Philadelphia, PA
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design Ann Arbor, MI
University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts Fort Wayne, IN
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Nashville, TN
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV

Atlanta participating schools

 

Schools Location
Alfred University, School of Art and Design Alfred, NY
Arcadia University Glenside, PA
Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Boston University School of Visual Arts Boston, MA
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) Santa Clarita, CA
California College of the Arts Oakland, CA
Center for Art & Design The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY
Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH
College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI
Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Philadephia, PA
Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Los Angeles, CA
George Mason University School of Art Fairfax, VA
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
Laguna College of Art + Design Laguna Beach, CA
Maine College of Art Portland, ME
Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, MA
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis, MN
Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design Dekalb, IL
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland, OR
Parsons School of Design New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia, PA
Pratt Institute New York, NY
PrattMWP College of Art and Design New York, NY
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, FL
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
School of Visual Arts New York, NY
SMFA at Tufts University Boston, MA
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art New York, NY
The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design Ann Arbor, MI
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Nashville, TN