What is 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.
Can I present my portfolio digitally?
You may present your portfolio digitally, but it is your responsibility to have a working laptop/digital device with your portfolio. DO NOT bring CDs / DVDs / flash drive / website links and expect that any representative will have the equipment you require.
NOTE: There is no guarantee that any venue will have public access to electricity, therefore make sure your laptop battery is charged and consider bringing an extra battery.
Do I have to register?
No, you do not have to register for any National Portfolio Day Event. All Portfolio Days are free and open to the public, with a first-come, first served format.
Some larger events may have optional 'pre-registration' online. This will allow you to skip check-in, but will not give you preferential treatment.
I am interested in graduate school. Can I attend?
Yes. The National Portfolio Day Association now hosts the Graduate Portfolio Days. See the schedule for the Graduate Portfolio Days.
Additionally, some colleges participating in undergraduate National Portfolio Days may offer graduate programs and be able to review your portfolio. Please contact the school directly for more information.
What is the difference between the National Portfolio Days and the Graduate Portfolio Days?
National Portfolio Days are for students interested in undergraduate programs like BFA, BS and BA degrees.
The Graduate Portfolio Days are for students that have already have a Bachelor’s degree and are interested in MFA, MArch, and MA degrees.
Is there NPDA Membership for Individuals?
No, only institutions of higher education can become members of NPDA. Individuals are welcome to attend any public NPDA event without membership or registration.