National Portfolio Day


Dallas, Texas


Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 748-1200
Hosted by: School of Visual Arts
Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

(inside the Imperial Ballroom)

Directions to the event:

This event ends promptly at 4:00 PM.

Information for Student Attendees:

Students do not need to register.

What should I bring to NPD?

Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. Bring your original artwork whenever possible. Do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. Keep your presentation simple.

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.


It is recommended to arrive early to these events. Student attendance levels are high and lines will form at schools’ tables. No reviews will be permitted after the closing times listed above.

It is also recommended to review the list of schools below and select the top schools of interest prior to arriving.

SVA arranges the tables in circular alphabetic order. A map of schools tables will be available at the event.

Please note: admissions decisions are not given at National Portfolio Day Events.

Information from the National Portfolio Day Association, from :

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?


Choosing an Art College

Art making is a special kind of learning experience. Of particular concern to art students should be a college’s faculty, facilities, and equipment.

You should also consider the school’s proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources, in addition to its academic standards, extracurricular activities, housing, costs, and financial aid offerings.

Gather enough information so that you may choose a supportive and stimulating art college environment that meets your individual needs.

Try your best to visit the colleges that interest you, to get a feel for each school before you make your final decision.

Investigate the colleges’ accreditations and the transferability of their credits, and be sure you understand each school’s degree offerings and majors.


List of 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
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
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Laguna College of Art + Design
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Memphis College of Art
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
Pratt Institute
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
Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Texas Tech University
University of Kansas Departments of Design & Visual Art
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
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 & Film
Woodbury University





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