Event Detail

National Portfolio Day 2014 - Grand Rapids, MI

October 26, 2014 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Host: Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University (KCAD)

Location: 17 Fountain St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503


      8:30am - 4:45pm | Check In | 17 Fountain Street NW
  • To expedite the check-in process, you may choose to download and complete the registration form prior to arriving. Just download it here (NPD_sign_in.pdf) and bring the completed form with you to check-in.
    • 9:15am -11:45am | Get To Know KCAD | Campus Tours and Presentations (timed events)
    • Track 1: 9:15am - 10:15am Why KCAD Presentation 10:30am-11:45am Tour of KCAD
    • Track 2: 9:15am-10:30am Tour of KCAD 10:45am - 11:45am Why KCAD Presentation
      1:00pm -5:00pm | National Portfolio Day - Portfolio Reviews

Schools Attending:

  • Alberta College of Art + Design
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Bowling Green State University, School of Art
  • California College of the Arts
  • Cleveland College of the Arts
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • The Cooper Union School of Art
  • FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD)
  • Lawrence Tech
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Memphis College of Art
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • OCAD University
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pratt Institute
  • PrattMWP
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts
  • University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
  • University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts
  • Western Michigan University, Frostic School of Art

What is the National Portfolio Day Association?

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. Since 1978, NPDA members have been hosting portfolio days throughout the country. The Association consists of regionally-accredited art colleges which are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States.

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.

What Should I Bring?

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 electrical outlet.

What to Expect

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.

Choosing an Art College

The first and most important thing to remember in choosing an education in the visual arts is that art-making 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, and 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 for 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.

Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations to participate should contact the KCAD President's Office at 616.451.2787 x1150 at least 72 hours in advance.
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