National Portfolio Days: At PNCA And Across The US

Make Your Portfolio Stronger

A vital part of your application to an arts and design college is your portfolio.
Attend a National Portfolio Day for the opportunity to meet over 60 of the nation’s top art and design institutions. You'll get direct feedback on your work and personal guidance on how to showcase your strengths before applying. These events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone looking to learn more about preparing a portfolio is welcome to attend!

Portland National Portfolio Day at PNCA

This Event has Passed: Sunday, January 7, 2018

PNCA is would like to thank all of you who attended the Portlnad National Portfolio Day on Sunday, January 7, 2018. 

If you were not able to join us, you can always schedule a visit and portfolio review with our Office of Admissions. You can reach them anytime Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm PST at 503.821.8972 or email You can also schedule your visit online here.

Experience PNCA at Open House!

For a more hands-on experience, a chance to speak with faculty and current students, and to participate in workshops held in our facilities and labs, prospective BFA students and guests can sign up to attend one of our free Open House events this spring 2018. More information about these events can be found here.

Learn more about National Portfolio Days.

What to Bring

Our representatives want to see 10 to 15 examples of your best recent work (bring original pieces when possible). Digital portfolios are acceptable if it doesn’t limit the experience of your work. Include a variety of pieces that showcase your ideas, imagination, and talent. Keep it simple. There’s no need to spend time and money on frames or matting.

All National Portfolio Days are free and open to the public, with a first-come, first-served format.
Feel free to contact PNCA Admissions for more information at or 503-821-8972, or visit the National Portfolio Day website.

For more information, see the National Portfolio Day website.


Undergraduate 2017-2018 Schedule

Date City Time
2017-09-23 Denver, Colorado
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-09-24 Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines Social Club
Time: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
2017-09-24 Atlanta, Georga
Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm


2017-09-30 Austin, Texas
JW Marriott Austin
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
2017-09-30 Indianapolis, Indiana
Herron School of Art + Design
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
2017-10-01 Dallas, Texas
Hilton Anatole
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-10-07 Cincinnati, Ohio
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-10-08 Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Institute of Art
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
2017-10-08 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-10-14 Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis College of Art
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-10-14 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Time: 10:001m - 2:00pm
2017-10-15 Chicago, Illinois
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: SAIC
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
2017-10-15 Nashville, Tennessee
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-10-21 Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford Art School
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-10-21 Los Angeles, California
California Institute of the Arts: CalArts
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
2017-10-22 Boston, Massachusetts
Hynes Convention Center
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-10-28 Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Art Institute
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
2017-10-28 Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
2017-10-29 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
2017-10-29 St. Louis, Missouri
Washington University
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-11-04 Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Ontario College of Art and Design: OCAD
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-11-05 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-11-05 Rochester, New York
Rochester Institute of Technology
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-11-11 Charlotte, North Carolina
Hilton - Charlotte Executive Park
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-11-12 New York, New YorkJacob K. Javits Convention Center Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-11-18 Paris, France (Europe)
Parsons Paris
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
2017-11-18 Washington, DC
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-11-19 Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Institute, College of Art
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
2017-12-02 Phoenix, Arizona
Mesa Community College
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2017-12-02 Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
2017-12-03 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
2018-01-06 Seattle, Washington
Cornish College of the Arts
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
2018-01-07 Portland, Oregon (Hosted @ PNCA)
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Time: 12:00am - 4:00pm
2018-01-13 New Orleans, Louisiana
Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
2018-01-13 San Diego, California
Westin San Diego
Time: 12:00am - 4:00pm
2018-01-14 San Francisco, California
California College of the Arts
Time: 12:00am - 4:00pm
2018-01-20 Miami, Florida
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Time: 12:00am - 4:00pm
2018-01-21 Sarasota, Florida
Ringling College of Art and Design
Time: 12:00am - 4:00pm

Graduate 2017-2018 Schedule

Event Date Event City
2017-10-22 San Francisco, California
2017-10-29 New York, New York
2017-11-04 Chicago, Illinois
2017-11-18 Austin, Texas (hosted by PNCA)
2017-11-18 Paris, France
2017-12-01 Online

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