Have your portfolio reviewed by more than thirty colleges and universities from around the United States and Canada!

National Portfolio Days are free educational events for young artists held at host colleges throughout the United States and Canada. This is an opportunity to have college representatives review your artwork, offer critiques, and share information about their schools. These events are not an exam or a competition—representatives are interested in your progress and in providing helpful information about this next important step in your development as an artist. We suggest you meet with as many representatives as possible.

Should I 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 I bring?

Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork (rather than reproductions of other works) whenever possible. If your work is large, 3D, 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. If you want to showcase digital works, please bring your own laptop or tablet to view them on.

No admissions decisions or scholarships will be offered at National Portfolio Days. Some representatives may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application, but many will not. All expect that your artwork will progress in the months following the event.

National Portfolio Day at MCAD

The only National Portfolio Day event in Minnesota.

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Noon*–4:00 p.m.
MCAD's Main Building, Minneapolis

Directions to MCAD
Free parking is available in Lot C on 26th Street
Campus and lodging information

Reservations to meet with a college representative are not required, but you may pre-register to speed up the student check-in process.

*Come early to attend a special presentation on creative careers in art and design as well as a tour of our amazing facilities!

Morning at MCAD
Sunday October 11, 2015
10:00–11:30 a.m.
(Please arrive ten minutes early for check-in)

Morning at MCAD features a presentation on creative careers in art and design as you begin the selection of your college major. An opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities is available as well.

Registration is required; RSVP online for free.


Can't make it to MCAD’s hosted event?

Look for us at these other undergraduate National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) events.

Graduate National Portfolio Days

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.


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

Admissions events hosted by MCAD are always free and open to the public.