National Portfolio Day

The University of the Arts is excited to host the 2015 Philadelphia National Portfolio Day on Sunday, November 8, 2015, from 12pm to 4pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This event provides you with an opportunity to meet with over 60 of the nation’s top art and design institutions, bringing you one step closer to gaining admission to your top choice school, where you will spend the next four years creating your future.

What Is National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for high school or college students interested in applying to an art school for fine arts or design. Representatives from the nation’s leading art colleges and universities accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design will travel to Philadelphia to review your artwork, discuss your educational and professional goals, and share information on art programs, careers, admissions, and financial aid and scholarships. This event is free and open to the public.

Please note: Admissions decisions and scholarship awards will not be offered at a National Portfolio Day; however, some colleges may accept your portfolio as fulfilling the visual requirement of your application.

What Colleges are Participating? 

Alfred University, School of Art and Design
Arcadia University
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
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University
Cornish College of the Arts
Delaware College of Art and Design
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marywood University
Massachusetts 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
OCAD University
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Pratt Institute
PrattMWP College of Art and Design
Purchase College, SUNY: School of Art & Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Rowan University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
School of Visual Arts
St. John's University
Suffolk University- New England School of Art & Design
Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
University of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in Saint Louis
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

What to Expect
Doors will open and reviews will begin promptly at 12PM. We suggest researching a few of the participating schools ahead of time so that you can bring any questions you may have to the representatives during your review. Reviews must end promptly at 4PM. If you are standing in a line with a considerable amount of students ahead of you at 3:45PM, you may want to instead speak with a representative at a nearby table that does not have a line. They may provide you with valuable feedback and you may find yourself surprised by an institution you were not planning to visit with initially.

What to Bring in Your Portfolio
We recommend bringing up to 20 of your best most recent works, which can include finished pieces, works in progress and sketchbooks. Whenever possible, students should bring original artwork. If your work is too large or difficult to move, you may bring photos or digital media instead, however it is your responsibility to make sure that the work can be viewed. If you choose to bring a laptop or tablet device, be aware that you will not have access to the internet or an electrical outlet.

Directions & Parking Information
Detailed information about directions to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and parking can be found at

Contact Information
If you have any questions about National Portfolio Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at:

Above: Poster by Laura Weiszer BFA '14 (Illustration).