Kansas City National Portfolio Day, hosted by KCAI
Saturday, September 28, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO

Bring your portfolio of artwork and have it reviewed by more than thirty accredited colleges and universities from the United States and Canada. Please note that this event is free and open to the public. Additional information is below
Pre-Register Now

All students interested in attending this event will be required to register with the host institution, KCAI, before entering the event. While pre-registration is not required it will speed up the student check-in process.


Admissions 101 at KCAI

10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Student registration, Vanderslice Hall
1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Portfolio Reviews, throughout KCAI campus

Optional but encouraged: Campus Tours and Admissions 101 

Make the most of your time on the KCAI campus! We are offering campus tours and an Admissions 101 presentation before the portfolio reviews.This will provide prospective students and families with an opportunity to tour the amazing facilities on our 16-acre campus, as well as an insider’s guide to art school admissions and financial aid.

Option 1:

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Campus tour, departing from Rowland Commons
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.– Admissions 101: An insider’s guide to art school admissions and financial aid, Irving Amphitheater

Option 2:

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. –  Admissions 101: An insider’s guide to art school admissions and financial aid, Irving Amphitheater
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.– Campus tour, departing from Rowland Commons

Registration for Admissions 101 is required. Space is limited and reservations are held on a first-come, first-served basis. To register now, please click the pre-register button above and select “yes” to attend Admissions 101 at KCAI.


Colleges and Universities Represented:

Alfred University School of Art and Design
Arcadia University
Art Academy of Cincinnati
California College of the Arts
Iowa State University College of Design
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Maine College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Ringling College of Art & Design
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
The Cooper Union
Parsons School of Design at the New School
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
University of Kansas Departments of Design & Visual Art
Washington University in St. Louis
Watkins University


What is National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Days are free educational events for young artists held at host colleges throughout the United States and Canada. This is an opportunity to have college representatives review your artwork, offer critiques, and share information about their schools. These events are not an exam or a competition—representatives are interested in your progress and in providing helpful information about this next important step in your development as an artist. We suggest you meet with as many representatives as possible.

Should I attend?
Any high school student considering studying art or design at a college level should participate in National Portfolio Day. At Portfolio Day, you’ll get a small taste of what it could be like to attend a professional art program. You’ll see a variety of artwork created at different levels by young artists with varying skills and experiences. You may hear many different opinions about your work. Do not hesitate to explain to the college representatives how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them.

 What should I bring?
Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork (rather than reproductions of other works) whenever possible. If your work is large, 3D, or otherwise hard to carry, you can bring photographs of the work instead. We suggest that you do not spend time and money matting or framing your work—keep your presentation simple. If you want to showcase digital works, please bring your own laptop or tablet to view them on.

No admissions decisions or scholarships will be offered at National Portfolio Days. Some representatives may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application, but many may not. All expect that your artwork will progress in the months following the event.

Click here for or more information about Portfolio Days and the NPDA.