National Portfolio Day

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.

Faculty Emily Glass talks to a student during an NPD event at RIT.

RIT College of Art and Design's faculty roster of renowned artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers travel the country to 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.

*Due to ongoing health and safety concerns about COVID-19, the National Portfolio Day Association has decided to host all of its NPD events virtually during the 2020-21 academic year. Faculty members from RIT’s College of Art and Design look forward to connecting with students and reviewing portfolios in a reimagined way.

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 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 current RIT medical illustration student Tirzah Pilet presented at a National Portfolio Day event several years ago.

Where to (virtually) find us in 2020

Typically, our faculty are in many cities across the U.S. for undergraduate and graduate NPD events each year. But as NPD events shift online for fall 2020, we remain as accessible as we've always been. RIT College of Art and Design faculty are set to attend all NPD events this fall. A full schedule (graduate events are noted) and registration information can be found below. 

*All events run at the same time: 12-4 p.m. (EST), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (CST), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (MST), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (PST)

  • Oct. 3
  • Oct. 4
  • Oct. 10
  • Oct. 17 *graduate student event
  • Oct. 18
  • Oct. 24
  • Oct. 25 *graduate student event
  • Oct. 31 *graduate student event
  • Nov. 1
  • Nov. 8
  • Nov. 15 
  • Nov. 21
  • Nov. 22 
  • Nov. 22 *graduate student event
  • Dec. 5

About the National Portfolio Day Association

The National Portfolio Day Association was created in 1978, solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The association consists of representatives from regionally accredited United States 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 membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education in the U.S. and Canada.


Any questions about RIT’s participation at National Portfolio Days can be directed to For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association and its events, visit