Charlotte National Portfolio Day, hosted by KCAI
Sunday, October 6, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hilton – Charlotte Executive Park
5624 Westpark Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217

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.
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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.


Colleges and Universities Represented:

Alfred University School of Art and Design
Art Academy of Cincinnati
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Drexel University
Kansas City Art Institute
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Moore College of Art and Design
Northern Illinois University
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest 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
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
SMFA at Tufts
The Cooper Union
Parsons School of Design at the New School
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
University of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
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 more information about Portfolio Days and the NPDA.