Portfolio Camp

Think About Your Future

You may have thought about the future of your education, but what about the future of your creativity? Portfolio Camp helps high school students discover what it means to be enrolled at KCAD, a place where collaboration, innovation, and community engagement will prepare you and your talent to create lasting, meaningful impact through a career in art and design.

Over the course of two weeks, become completely immersed in an artistic and cultural exploration that will change the way you think about your creative potential. Study both design drawing and fine art drawing. Dive into dynamic experiences like 3D printing, portfolio preparation, art theory, art journaling, research, open drawing, design challenges and 3-dimensional art. When you’re not working on art, you and your fellow campers will travel to Ambrose Design Camp or Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, or just kick back and have fun together at studio nights and social events.

Portfolio Camp Group 2015
Portfolio Camp kids at computers
Portfolio Camp Fieldtrip to Ambrose Design Studio
Portfolio Camp using the button maker
Drawing with telephone.
Skull drawing.
Green sculpture.

Portfolio Camp 2016

  • August 1-12, 2016


Students ages 16-18 are eligible. Students must submit a letter of recommendation from their art teacher with their application, along with a CD of digital images of five works of art, including two observational drawings. You will be notified by mail of acceptance within one week of receipt of your completed application.

2016 Dates for International Students (Extended Stay with Chicago Tour)

  • July 28-August 12, 2016

Meet in Chicago for a three day tour of art and architecture before coming to Grand Rapids, then join the other students for rich cultural exchange during Portfolio Camp. Tuition is $3995, and includes international travel insurance, all accommodations, all meals in Chicago, transportation, supervision, art supplies, and Portfolio Camp activities, as listed above. See refund policy at right.


Tuition for Portfolio Camp is $950.00, and includes admission to all scheduled activities, weekday breakfast, and three dinners per week. Students must provide their own art supplies. A 50% deposit is due with your application to Portfolio Camp. Final payment is due one week after you receive your acceptance letter, and no later than one week before camp begins. To register, click here or call 616.451.2787, ext. 3012. VISA, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit cards are the preferred method of payment.


Off-campus housing is offered under the supervision of full-time Resident Advisors, who accompany students by shuttle bus or van to KCAD daily. Students will share rooms with other Portfolio Campers. Cost for housing package--which includes transportation, supervision, use of kitchen facilities, and breakfast daily--is $1200.


A full refund of tuition and fees will be issued for withdrawal requests received in writing on or before the final registration deadline of July 1 (Session I) or July 15 (Session II). A $100 administrative fee will be charged for withdrawal requests submitted in writing after the registration deadline, but before camp begins. A pro-rated refund will be issued for withdrawal request submitted after camp begins, and a $100 administrative fee will be charged. There will be no refunds issued after the first full week of camp.

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