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Boston National Portfolio Day


Save the date; Massachusetts College of Art and Design is delighted to be hosting Boston National Portfolio Day at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Please find event information below. We hope to see you there!

Boston National Portfolio Day
Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 12-4 p.m.
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St 
Boston, MA 02115

Directions to the Hynes Convention Center.


Pre-registration will allow you to expedite your entry into the event, but does not guarantee space or reviews from any particular schools. All students must pre-register individually or will be required to register prior to entering the event.


participating schools

Alfred University School of Art and Design
Boston University School of Visual Arts
California Institute of the Arts: CalArts
California College of the Arts
Center for Art & Design The College of Saint Rose
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Drexel University
Fashion Institute of Technology
George Mason University School of Art
Hartford Art School
Institute of Art and Design at New England College
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art and Design
Lesley University
Maine College of Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art and Design
MWPAI (Munson Williams Protor Arts Institute)
New York School of Interior Design
(NSCAD University) Novia Scotia College of Art and Design
OCAD University
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Paris College of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art & Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Salve Regina University
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
SMFA at Tufts
St. John's University
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
The Cooper Union
Parsons School of Design at the New School
Tyler School of Art and Architecture, at Temple University
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
University of New Haven
University of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in St. Louis

Learn more about National Portfolio Days:

What is 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. 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.

What are National Portfolio Days?

National Portfolio Days are annual events held in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. They are designed to provide a unique opportunity for you to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application. Not all members attend all events. Visit for attendees.

No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Days. Some college and university representatives may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Others have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definitive portfolio decision at the time of your review. All representatives will be happy to discuss their specific programs of study and provide answers to questions about the availability of scholarships and financial aid.

You will not find National Portfolio Days to be an examination or competition, the events are about an exchange of information. The 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. These events may be the first time you have been in an environment with so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to art and design. Use this as an opportunity to be inspired, to gain advice as to how to improve or present your portfolio, and to experience a small taste of what it is like to attend a professional art and design program.

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. You will hear many different opinions about your work that will be reflective of the admission requirements of each school. Therefore, we urge you to discuss your work with as many colleges/universities as possible and to bring no more than 15 works. Your portfolio can be presented as original work or on screen, but make note wifi 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 National Portfolio Day events are free and open to the public.