Los Angeles National Portfolio Day

Sunday, November 12, 2023, from 12-4 pm

Meet with admissions counselors from 44 major art and design colleges from around the country. This is an opportunity for those who want 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. Pre-register today.

Participating Colleges and Universities

  • Alfred University School of Art and Design
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
  • California College of the Arts
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Concordia University
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Iowa State University College of Design
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kean University
  • Laguna College of Art + Design
  • Lesley Art & Design
  • Maine College of Art & Design
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Moore College of Art and Design
  • New York Academy of Art
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Paris College of Art
  • Parsons School of Design/Parsons Paris at The New School
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Ringling College of Art & Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts
  • SMFA at Tufts
  • SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas
  • Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • The Cooper Union
  • University of Illinois
  • University of the Arts
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Woodbury University

Campus Tours

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Guests interested in exploring ArtCenter’s Hillside Campus prior to the afternoon portfolio reviews are encourage to join us for student guided campus tours beginning at 10:30 a.m. Please check-in at registration and make your way to Student Gallery. This portion of the program is optional.

What is the National Portfolio Day 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 that hold regional accreditation and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), or Substantial Equivalency status. NPDA is the only organization of its kind and the membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the world.

What are National Portfolio Days?

National Portfolio Days are annual events held in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. They are designed to provide a unique opportunity for you to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application. Not all members attend all events. Visit nationalportfolioday.org for attendees.

No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Days. Some college and university representatives may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Others have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definitive portfolio decision at the time of your review. All representatives will be happy to discuss their specific programs of study and provide answers to questions about the availability of scholarships and financial aid. You will not find National Portfolio Days to be an examination or competition, the events are about an exchange of information.

The representatives want to learn about you, your work, and your post-secondary plans, all while informing you about their college or university and application requirements. These events may be the first time you have been in an environment with so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to art and design. Use this as an opportunity to be inspired, to gain advice as to how to improve or present your portfolio, and to experience a small taste of what it is like to attend a professional art and design program.

What should I bring to a National Portfolio Day?

A portfolio of visual artwork that includes your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. Often, sharing the process of arriving at the completed work is as valuable as simply presenting finished products. You will hear many different opinions about your work that will be reflective of the admission requirements of each school. Therefore, we urge you to discuss your work with as many colleges/universities as possible and to bring no more than 15 works. Your portfolio can be presented as original work or on screen, but make note wifi may not be available at all locations. Students who are not prepared to show a portfolio may attend to gather information from college/university representatives.

Parking Information

Parking is free. Please follow campus signage towards Student Parking Lot. Guests are encourage to arrive a few extra minutes to find parking and make your way over to the event location. Upon entering campus building from the Student Parking Lot, guests will be greeted by admissions representatives and proceed to designated check-in station to receive campus map and schedule.

All National Portfolio Day events are free and open to the public.

Are You Interested in Pursuing a Career in the Visual Arts or Related Fields?

Meet with admissions counselors from top art and design colleges at Los Angeles National Portfolio Day.

Admissions Office

ArtCenter Hillside Campus
1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Call Us 626 396-2373
Text Us 626 389-2373