Boston National Portfolio Day

Saturday, November 5, 2016 12-4 PM

National Portfolio Day

MassArt will be hosting Boston National Portfolio Day at the Hynes Convention Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 12-4 p.m. All National Portfolio Days are free and open to the public. 

Pre-registration will allow students to expedite their entry into the event, but does not guarantee space or reviews from any particular schools. All students must pre-register individually or will be required to register prior to entering the event.

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115

The following colleges will be in attendance at Boston National Portfolio Day. More details regarding programs of study can be found herePlease note that a physical list of college majors will not be available at the event. We encourage you to research programs beforehand and/or access the above link on your mobile device during the event.

Alfred University
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Art Center College of Design
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
The Cooper Union School of Art
Corcoran School of the Arts
Cornish College of the Arts
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Montserrat College of Art
New Hampshire Institute of Art
New York School of Interior Design
NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design)
OCAD University
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
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pratt Institute
PrattMWP College of Art and Design
Purchase College, SUNY: School of Art and Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Rowan University
Sage College of Albany
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
SMFA at Tufts University
Suffolk University - The New England
Syracuse University, College of Visual &
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
University of Massachsuetts Dartmouth
University Massachusetts Lowell Art
University of Michigan Stamps School of
The University of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in St. Louis

Connect with the National Portfolio Day Association's social media accounts:

Twitter: @ntlportfolioday 
Instagram: @nationalportfolioday 

Learn more about the event below.

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What is a National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Days serve a variety of purposes. Most importantly, they help further the development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork , and offer critique. You'll hear many different opinions about your work. Do not hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas, and where you want to go with them.

Some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Do not be discouraged if you see work that is "better" than yours. A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you see so many people in one place who share a powerful commitment to the arts. This experience is a small taste of what attending a professional art program can be like. We hope you will enjoy the intensity of the experience.

National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information: information about your work, yourself, your college plans, your concerns. They are not an examination or a competition. The colleges represented are pleased to discuss their programs with you. Of course they can be most helpful when discussing your work. Your portfolio should include the best work you are making now; but it can also include work in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Do not spend an inordinate amount of time matting or framing your work, or worrying about presentation. The work itself is what is of interest. Whenever possible you should bring your original artwork. If you bring slides-of work that is too large or fragile to carry, or digital media-of work that is time-based, such as video, animation, or performance, it is your responsibility to ensure that the work can be viewed. You may choose to bring your own slide viewer, video camera and/or laptop to show your work. Be advised however, that you will not have access to an electric outlet.

No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at a National Portfolio Day. Some colleges represented may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application. Other colleges have review structures which prohibit them from making a definitive admission decision at the time of your review. All expect your art to progress in the coming months. We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

What to Bring

For individualized critical feedback during your portfolio review, bring your most recent work that you believe best represents your current creative direction(s) and technical level. Sketchbooks, artist's journals, and/or any other pertinent documentation of your ideas and work can enhance critical feedback. When presenting a portfolio of actual work, the work need not be mounted or framed.

If your portfolio is very large or fragile, it is better to document the work using photographs and present this documentation as part of your portfolio during a review.

Choosing an art college

The first and most important thing to remember in choosing an education in the visual arts is that artmaking is a special kind of learning experience. In addition to considering academic standards, extracurricular activities, housing, costs, and financial aid, there are other things to think about. Of particular concern to art students should be the faculty, facilities, and equipment, proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources. We urge you to thoroughly read about the art colleges in which you think you are interested. Try your best to visit them. Get a feel of the college before you make your final decision. Investigate its accreditation and transferability of credits, and be sure you understand its degree offerings and majors. Get as much information as you can so that you can choose a supportive and stimulating environment that is right for you.

We look forward to reviewing your work. We are interested in your development, and will endeavor to provide you with the information necessary for you to make the right choice for the next important step in your education.

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 from regionally accredited US colleges 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 available in the United States and Canada.

*Please note that NASAD only reviews curricular programs in the visual arts and design. For more information about specific majors please contact the college directly.

All Portfolio Day events are free, open to the public, and do not require pre-registration.

Learn more by visiting the NPDA website