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National Portfolio Day 2016 – San Diego

Sunday, October 23rd
Noon–4:00 p.m.

Westin San Diego
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

(Please note: admissions decisions are not given at National Portfolio Day Events.)

List of Participating Schools:

Alberta College of Art + Design
Arcadia University
Art Center College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
Columbus College of Art & Design
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Paris College of Art
Parsons School of Design
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
SMFA at Tufts University
Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
The Cooper Union School of Art
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
Woodbury University

National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

What is National Portfolio Day?

Information from the National Portfolio Day Association, from www.portfolioday.net:

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. Don’t be discouraged if you see work that is “better” than yours. A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you have seen 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.

National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information about your work, yourself, your college plans, and your concerns. This is not an examination or competition. The college representatives are pleased to talk about their programs with you 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’ll hear many different opinions of your work. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with 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.

What should you bring to National Portfolio Day?

Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork whenever possible. 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.

Can I present my portfolio digitally?

You may present your portfolio digitally, but it is your responsibility to have a working laptop/digital device with your portfolio. DO NOT bring CDs / DVDs / flash drive / website inks and expect that any representative will have the equipment you require.

NOTE: There is no guarantee that any venue will have public access to electricity, therefore make sure your laptop battery is charged and consider bringing an extra battery.

How do I choose 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 enough information so that you may choose a supportive and stimulating art 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 the transferability of their credits, and be sure you understand each school’s degree offerings and majors.

For a full list of the 2015-2016 National Portfolio Day Events visit: NPD Schedule 2016-2017

For a full list of National Portfolio Day events that LCAD Representatives will be attending please visit: LCAD NPD, Graduate NPD, NACAC, KPD, and PREVIEW Schedule 2016-2017