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 2017: July 24 - August 4, 2017

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Students ages 16-18 are eligible. Students may register online, by phone or mail. Please send a letter of recommendation from the student's art teacher to kcadcontinuingstudies@ferris.edu or 17 Fountain St. NW C/O Continuing Studies, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. You will be notified by mail of acceptance.


Tuition for Portfolio Camp is $995.00, and includes admission to all scheduled activities and some dinners. 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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