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National Portfolio Day
This is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education and career in the visual and related arts, particularly high school and college transfer students, to meet with representatives from institutions offering professional programs accredited by the national association of schools of art and design.
ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
ALFRED UNIVERSITY ART CENTER
COLLEGE OF DESIGN CAL ARTS (CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS)
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FIDM/FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING
LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART
MASS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART AND DESIGN (MIAD)
MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART (MICA)
NOVA SCOTIA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (NSCAD)
OREGON COLLEGE OF ART AND CRAFT (OCAC)
OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (PNCA)
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
THE COOPER UNION
PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY 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 that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. NASAD is the only organization of its kind, and membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the 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 students make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Do not be discouraged if you see work that is currently more advanced than yours. National Portfolio Day may be the first time you witness so many individuals 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, and 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. Your portfolio should include the best work you are making now; but it can also include work 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 slides of work that is too large or fragile to carry, or digital media of 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 slide viewer, video camera and/or laptop to show your work. Be advised however, that you will not have access to an electric outlet. No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered at a 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.