National Portfolio Days
- National Portfolio Day at MCAD was on October 13, 2013
- National Portfolio Days near you!
- Graduate National Portfolio Days
Bring your portfolio of artwork and have it reviewed by more than twenty-five colleges and universities from around the United States and Canada. The events are free and open to the public.
What is National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists, held at host colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critiques, discuss college plans, and share information about their schools. These events are not an examination or a competition. The art college representatives are interested in the student's development, look forward to reviewing the work and will provide helpful information for this next important step in the student's development as an artist. We suggest that students work with as many representatives as possible.
Who should attend?
Any high school student considering studying art or design at a college level should participate in National Portfolio Day. At Portfolio Day, you'll get a small taste of what it could be like to attend a professional art program. You'll see a variety of artwork created at different levels by young artists with varying skills and experiences. You may hear many different opinions about your work. Do not hesitate to explain to the college representatives how you develop your ideas, and where you want to go with them.
What should you bring?
Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork whenever possible. If your work is large, 3-dimensional or otherwise hard to carry, you can bring photographs of the work instead. 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. We can not guarantee that schools reviewing work will have laptops available to look at digital portfolios. We recommend that you bring your own laptop to present your portfolio if it is in a digital format.
No Admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at a National Portfolio Day. Some of the colleges represented may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application, while others have policies that prohibit making a definitive admission decision at the time of your review. All will expect that your artwork will progress in the coming months.
Do you need to make a reservation?
Reservations are not required to meet with a college representative at a National Portfolio Day, but you may pre-register to speed up the student check-in process online here. All Portfolio Days are free and open to the public, with a first come, first served format.
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
National Portfolio Day at MCAD Sunday, October 13th, 2013
MCAD's Main Building Minneapolis, MN
The only National Portfolio Day event in Minnesota.
Directions & Parking
Directions to MCAD may be found here. Free parking for National Portfolio Day is available in MCAD’s Parking Lot C located off of 26th Street, a one-way street on the South side of campus. Other campus and lodging information may be found at www.mcad.edu/visit.
*Come early to attend a special presentation on creative careers in art and design as well as a chance to tour our amazing facilities!
Morning @ MCAD
Sunday October 13, 2013
Time: 10:00–11:30 AM (Please arrive 10 minutes early for student check-in)
Morning @ MCAD will feature a presentation on creative careers in art and design to help you make the most of your time at National Portfolio Day as you begin the selection of your college major. An opportunity to tour our amazing facilities will be available as well.
Fall 2013—Attending Colleges:
- CalArts (Califronia Institute of the Arts), Valencia, CA
- California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
- College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
- Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
- Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
- Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
- FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
- Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
- Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI
- Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA
- Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
- MICA/Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
- Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
- Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
- Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
- PNCA|Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
- Paris College of Art, Paris, France
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
- Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
- Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, 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 Kansas Departments of Design & Visual Art, Lawrence, KS
- Washington Univesity in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
High School Art Teachers: Perpich Center for Arts Education and MCAD have teamed up to give you and your students more opportunities for learning about art and design careers and preparing for an arts focused education on Monday October 14th! Check out the PCAE website for more information.
Undergraduate National Portfolio Days
Look for us at these other scheduled National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) events. Please check the schedule on the NPDA's website, as the events are subject to change including updates to exact locations, times, and dates.
Sat, Sep 28: Denver, Colorado
Sat, Oct 5: Austin Texas
Sun, Oct 6: Dallas, Texas
Sat, Oct 12: San Diego, California
Sat, Oct 19: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sun, Oct 20: Chicago, Illinois
Sat, Oct 26: Kansas City, Missouri
Sun, Oct 27: Detroit, Michigan
Sun, Oct 27: St. Louis, Missouri
Sat, Nov 2: Des Moines, Iowa
Sun, Nov 3: Boston, Massachusetts
Sat, Nov 9: Atlanta, Georgia
Sun, Nov 10: Chicago GRADUATE Portfolio Day
Sun, Nov 10: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sun, Nov 10: Rochester, New York
Sat, Nov 16: Purchase, New York
Sun, Nov 17: New York, New York
Sat, Nov 23: Washington, DC
Sun, Nov 24: Baltimore, Maryland
Sat, Dec 7: Phoenix, Arizona
Sun, Dec 8: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sat, Jan 11: Seattle, Washington
Sun, Jan 12: Portland, Oregon
Sat, Jan 18: San Francisco, California
Sun, Jan 19: Los Angeles, California
Sat, Jan 25: Miami, Florida, Miami Dade Campus
If you are interested in graduate programs, we encourage you to attend the NPDA Graduate National Portfolio Days hosted around the country. MCAD will have Admissions representatives attending these events. Please check the schedule on the NPDA's website, as the events are subject to change including updates to exact locations, times, and dates.
Sat, Oct 26: Los Angeles, California GRADUATE Portfolio Day
Sun, Oct 27: San Francisco, California GRADUATE Portfolio Day
Sat, Nov 23: New York City GRADUATE Portfolio Day
Sun, Nov 24: Boston, MA GRADUATE Portfolio Day
For more information, please visit the National Portfolio Day website. If you have any questions about the events hosted by MCAD, please contact the Admissions Office at 612.874.3760 or 1.800.874.MCAD ext. 1 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admissions events hosted by MCAD are always free and open to the public.