Attend a National Portfolio Day near you

At National Portfolio Day, admissions professionals from art and design colleges across the country meet with you individually and give valuable feedback on your application portfolio. Here’s when and where you can meet CCA at NPD.

Meet CCA at National Portfolio Day

A unique opportunity to excel your college applications

The Nave at CCA, filled with tables and students.

Tour CCA’s campus and meet with more than 40 art and design colleges

California College of the Arts hosts National Portfolio Day on Sunday, November 17, 2019, on our San Francisco campus. Tours of campus and financial aid information sessions will be available from 10 to 11:30 am, and portfolio reviews will be available from noon to 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Student presenting her work at CCA

What to expect

National Portfolio Day is an excellent opportunity for students pursuing a future in the visual and related arts to learn about their options and talk to admissions counselors face to face about applying to art and design school.

At National Portfolio Day in San Francisco at California College of the Arts, you can share your portfolio and get feedback while you meet with representatives from more than 40 leading art and design colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. No admissions decisions are made or scholarship awards offered at National Portfolio Day events. Learn more about National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Day at CCA attendees

  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California College of the Arts
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
  • FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • George Mason University School of Art
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Laguna College of Art and Design
  • Lesley University College of Art and Design
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
  • OCAD University
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Parsons School of Design at the New School
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Ringling College of Art and Design.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts
  • SMFA at Tufts University
  • Suffolk University—The New England School of Art and Design
  • Syracuse University
  • The Cooper Union School of Art
  • University of Arizona
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Watkins College of Art

What to bring

Your portfolio should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Before the session, practice explaining how you develop your ideas, articulating where you want to go with those ideas, and sharing the process of arriving at the completed work. We encourage you to ask questions, talk to staff, and take the opportunity to learn about the process of applying to an art and design college.


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An architecture teacher works with a student on her model.

2019–2020 National Portfolio Day locations


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fashion student sketching outfits on an ipad tablet.

2019–2020 National Portfolio Day locations


RSVP to meet CCA in the Northeast

a pre-college students sketches a landscape on the oakland campus

2019–2020 National Portfolio Day locations


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Two Industrial Design students work on their portfolios together.

2019–2020 National Portfolio Day locations


RSVP to meet CCA in Canada

A fashion student works on her portfolio

2019–2020 National Portfolio Day locations


RSVP to meet CCA across the U.S.

A pre-college student works on his sculpture project

2019–2020 Graduate National Portfolio Day locations

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