Student Artists Get Ready for National Portfolio Day

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calartsHigh school students planning to apply to art colleges/programs that require a portfolio are encouraged to take part in National Portfolio Day, an opportunity to have your portfolio evaluated by representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (see list of colleges below).

Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. They ask you to bring your original artwork whenever possible.  You do not need to spend time and money matting or framing your work. Keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest.

Representatives will also be available to discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.

The Los Angeles event will be held at CalArts on Saturday, October 11th, from 12:00-4:00pm. Click here for the 2014-15 schedule of events across the country.

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

For additional information, send an email to

Here’s a list of participating colleges at CalArts:

  • Alberta College of Art + Design
  • Art Center College of Design
  • California College of the Arts
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Laguna College of Art + Design
  • Lesley University College of Art and Design
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • 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
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • The Cooper Union School of Art
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The University of the Arts
  • University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Paris College of Art
  • Woodbury University
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