National Portfolio Day FAQ’s

What should I bring to a National Portfolio Day?

Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork whenever possible. We suggest that you do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. Keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest to us.

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.

How do I choose 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. We urge you to 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.

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.




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

Directions to the event:

Financial Aid Presentation: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM in the Cardinal Room
Portfolio Day Event: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Khmer Ballroom

This event ends promptly at 4:00 PM.

Event Coordinator: Melinda Richardson
Fax: 212.592.2242

Information for Student Attendees:

Students do not need to register.

Students wishing to be reviewed should bring a portfolio of their strongest work. If a student wishes to display a digital portfolio, it is recommended to bring a fully charged device on which to display the work.  Please do not rely on internet access to show your portfolio.

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?
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. 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 to you 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.

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


List of Participating Schools:

Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), Valencia, CA

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH

The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY

Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC

Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington, DE

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA

University of Kansas Departments of Design & Visual Art, Lawrence, KS

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Paris College of Art, PARIS, FRANCE

Parsons The New School for Design, NEW YORK, NY

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

PrattMWP, Utica, NY

Purchase College, SUNY:  School of Art & Design, Purchase, NY

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, CO

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, MI

Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY

The University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Art & Art History, College of Fine Arts, Austin, TX

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, St. Louis, MO

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Nashville, TN

Western Michigan University, Frostic School of Art, Kalamazoo, MI

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

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