National Portfolio Day
What is National Portfolio Day?
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. Do not be discouraged if you see work that is “better” than yours. National Portfolio Day may be the first time you'll see 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.
Artwork by previous NPD attendee Alexis Emma (RIT illustration)
National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information about your work, ourself, your college plans, and your concerns. This is not an examination or competition. The college representatives are pleased to talk about their programs 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 will hear many different opinions of your work. Do not hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to take 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.
Artwork by previous NPD attendee Faith Gruver (RIT illustration)
The National Portfolio Association
The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978, solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The Association consists of representatives from regionally accredited US college and universities that are accredited institutional members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and Canadian colleges and universities that are members of Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) or that hold NASAD Substantial Equivalency status. NPDA is the only organization of its kind and the membership represent the highest standard of visual arts education in the United States and Canada.
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. We urge you to gather information so that you may choose a supportive and stimulating 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 transferability of their credits, and be sure that you understand each school’s degree offerings and majors.
Artwork by previous NPD attendee Alexis Scott (RIT graphic design)
The National Portfolio Day at RIT
This is an opportunity for you to show the best of your creative work to faculty and admissions representatives from over 30 of the most prestigious art and design schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Experienced college representatives will offer constructive criticism on your portfolio, and you will be able to discuss your work, your college plans, your concerns, and obtain information about the colleges in which you are interested. Art students, teachers, guidance counselors, and anyone interested in the programs offered by these outstanding schools are invited to attend this free event.