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All Portfolio Day events are free, open to the public

 

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 that hold regional accreditation and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), or Substantial Equivalency status. NPDA is the only organization of its kind and the membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the world.

 

What are National Portfolio Days?

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 nationalportfolioday.org 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.

 

What should I bring to a National Portfolio Day?

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.

* 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.

 

The NPD Experience

 

NPDA Fall 2020-21 events will be posted very soon. 

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Upcoming Undergraduate Events


Istanbul, Turkey March 7, 2020

Date: March 7

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Venue:

Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Harbiye Mahallesi
Taşkışla Cd. No. 1, Şişli 34367 Turkey
 
Participating Schools:
 
Arts University Bournemouth
College for Creative Studies
Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
Laguna College of Art + Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Otis College of Art and Design
Paris College of Art
Ringling College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
School of Visual Arts
The New School Parsons School of Design
University of the Arts London

London, UK. March 8, 2020

Date: March 8

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Website: www.arts.ac.uk/npda

Venue:

University of the Arts London

Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross
London ,N1C 4AA United Kingdom

Website: www.arts.ac.uk/npda

 

Participating Schools:

California College of the Arts
College for Creative Studies
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Laguna College of Art + Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
OCAD University
Paris College of Art
Ringling College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
School of Visual Arts
Studio Arts College International (SACI)
The New School Parsons School of Design
The University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts
The University of the Creative Arts
University of the Arts London


Upcoming Graduate Events


London, UK. March 8, 2020

Date: March 8

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Website: www.arts.ac.uk/npda

Venue:

University of the Arts London

Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom

Website: www.arts.ac.uk/npda

 

Participating Schools:

California College of the Arts
College for Creative Studies
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Laguna College of Art + Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
OCAD University
Paris College of Art
Ringling College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
School of Visual Arts
Studio Arts College International (SACI)
The New School Parsons School of Design
The University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts
The University of the Creative Arts
University of the Arts London