National Portfolio Day

Let our faculty help prepare your artwork for college admission at National Portfolio Days!

NPD at RIT: Oct. 2, 2022

A graphic with a puppet tiger with the words National Portfolio Day.

RIT is hosting a National Portfolio Day (NPD) on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022! Expert faculty from our portfolio of undergraduate programs will be on hand to review prospective students' portfolios, answer questions about admission to RIT's College of Art and Design, offer tours and more. Additionally, representatives from other top art schools will be in attendance offering reviews.

This is among the many NPD events across the country RIT is traveling to this fall and winter! Details about which cities RIT will be in can be found lower on the page. And view highlights from our past NPD events in the below video!

RIT NPD event schedule (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)

All are welcome for a full day on campus (optional morning programming is offered) or just the afternoon portfolio reviews!

College of Art and Design Open House (optional)

Tours (All tours depart from lobby of MAGIC Spell Studios)

An Overview Presentation: Get to Know Us

  • 10 a.m. (Wegmans Theater, MAGIC Spell Studios, second floor) — An Overview Presentation: Get to Know Us

Portfolio Reviews (registration opens at 11:30 a.m.)

  • 12-4 p.m. (Gordon Field House and Activities Center)

Free Pre-registration

Participating Schools

  • Alfred University School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division

  • Art Academy of Cincinnati 

  • California College of the Arts

  • Cleveland Institute of Art

  • College of Creative Studies

  • Columbus College of Art & Design

  • Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

  • Maine College of Art & Design

  • MICA

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design

  • Montserrat College of Art

  • Moore College of Art & Design

  • New York School of Interior Design

  • OCAD University

  • PrattMWP College of Art and Design

  • Ringling College of Art & Design

  • RIT College of Art and Design

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

  • School of Visual Arts

  • SUNY Purchase College

  • Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts

  • The Cooper Union

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth CVPA

  • University of the Arts

Health and safety

NPD attendees are to follow RIT's Safety Plan requirements for campus visitors.

Contact

Any questions about RIT's NPD event on Oct. 2 can be directed to portfolios@rit.edu.

Gallery

Check out highlights from the 2019 NPD event at RIT! Photos by Jesse Wolfe '22

What is National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Day (NPD) events are held annually to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback. National Portfolio Days, offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, are about the exchange of information about prospective students’ work, college plans and concerns.

RIT College of Art and Design's faculty roster of renowned artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers — either virtually or in-person — meet one-on-one with prospective students during NPD events. They provide useful portfolio feedback and share information about our range of programs in the arts and sciences.

Those interested in having their work evaluated by an RIT representative can best prepare for a review by observing our portfolio requirements. Any questions about RIT’s participation at National Portfolio Days can be directed to portfolios@rit.edu

Portfolios should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, tear sheets and creative writing. No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered at National Portfolio Days, but RIT’s College of Art and Design can accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application.

A sketch of a rhinoA drawing RIT medical illustration student Tirzah Pilet presented at a National Portfolio Day event several years ago.

Where to find us

Our faculty attend many in-person and online NPD events each year, ready to review portfolios and prepare them for the college admissions process (both undergraduate and graduate). The NPD events RIT is attending this fall can be found below.

About 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 (NPD). 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.

You will not find National Portfolio Days to be an examination or competition, the events are about an exchange of information. 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. 

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. The NPDA urges you to discuss your work with as many colleges/universities as possible and bring no more than 15 works. Your portfolio can be presented as original work or on screen, but make note Wi-Fi 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. All NPD events are free and open to the public.

Contact

Any questions about RIT’s participation at National Portfolio Days can be directed to portfolios@rit.edu. For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association and its events, visit nationalportfolioday.org.