National Portfolio Day Schedule

National Portfolio Day Schedule



Where can you find us? LCAD Admissions Counselors will be attending National Portfolio Days around the country and internationally. We hope you will find the time to visit us and have your portfolio reviewed in advance of applying.

National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

What is National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes. Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback. We understand that some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Don’t be discouraged if you see work that is “better” than yours. A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you have seen so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to the arts. The experience is a small taste of what a professional art program can be like.

National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information about your work, yourself, your college plans, and your concerns. This is not an examination or competition. The college representatives are pleased to talk about their programs with you and can be most helpful when discussing your artwork. Your portfolio should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks and tear sheets. You’ll hear many different opinions of your work. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Day. Some colleges represented may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Other colleges have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definite portfolio decision at the time of your review. We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

What should you bring to National Portfolio Day?

Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork whenever possible. We suggest that you do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. Keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest to us.

Can I present my portfolio digitally?

You may present your portfolio digitally, but it is your responsibility to have a working laptop/digital device with your portfolio. DO NOT bring CDs / DVDs / flash drive / website inks and expect that any representative will have the equipment you require.

NOTE: There is no guarantee that any venue will have public access to electricity, therefore make sure your laptop battery is charged and consider bringing an extra battery.

How do I choose an Art College?

Art making is a special kind of learning experience. Of particular concern to art students should be a college’s faculty, facilities, and equipment. You should also consider the school’s proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources, in addition to its academic standards, extracurricular activities, housing, costs, and financial aid offerings. We urge you to gather enough information so that you may choose a supportive and stimulating art college environment that meets your individual needs. Try your best to visit the colleges that interest you, to get a feel for each school before you make your final decision. Investigate the colleges’ accreditations and the transferability of their credits, and be sure you understand each school’s degree offerings and majors.


LCAD representatives will be attending the following NACAC PVA Fairs:

Please note, NACAC PVA events are not intended for portfolio reviews

Sun, Sep 20: Chicago, Illinois DePaul University- Theatre School
Time: 1:00pm- 3:30pm

Wed, Sep 30: San Diego, California San Diego Convention Center
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Mon, Oct 19: Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt University- Student Life Center
Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm

Tue, Oct 20: Denver, Colorado Infinity Park Event Center
Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm

Sat, Oct 24: Los Angeles, California University of California- Ackerman Union
Time: 1:00pm- 3:30pm

Sun, Oct 25: San Francisco, California South San Francisco Conference Center
Time: 1:00pm- 3:30pm

Tues, Oct 27: New York Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center
Time: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

For a full NACAC PVA schedule please visit: NCAC PVA

LCAD representatives will be attending the following dates:

Sat, Sep 24: Denver, Colorado Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sun, Sep 25: Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center Hosted by: Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University
Time: 10:00am- 2:00pm

Sat, Oct 1: Cincinnati, Ohio Art Academy of Cincinnati
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm 

Sat, Oct 1: Houston, Texas The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Hosted by: School of Visual Arts
Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm

Sun, Oct 2: Columbus, Ohio Colombus College of Art & Design
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Sun, Oct 2: Dallas, Texas Location: Hilton Anatole Hosted by: School of Visual Arts
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm 

Sat, Oct 15: Memphis, Tennessee Memphis College of Art
Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm

Sat, Oct 15: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Time: 10:00am- 2:00pm

Sun, Oct 16: Chicago, Illinois School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Time: 10:00am- 2:00pm

Sun, Oct 16: Nashville, Tennessee Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sun, Oct 23: San Diego, California Westin San Diego 400 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 Hosted by: Laguna College of Art + Design
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sat, Nov 5: Boston, Massachusetts Hynes Convention Center Hosted by: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sat, Nov 12: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F Hosted by: Moore College of Art & Design
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sun, Nov 13: New York, New York Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 1A Hosted by: Fashion Institute of Technology
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sun, Nov 20: Baltimore, Maryland Maryland Institute College of Art
Time: 1:00pm- 5:00pm

Sun, Nov 20: Charlotte, North Carolina Location: Hilton Charlotte Executive Park  Hosted by: Kansas City Art Institute
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sat, Dec 3: Phoenix, Arizona Mesa Community College Hosted by: Cornish College of the Arts
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sat, Dec 3: Vancouver, British Columbia Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Time: 1o:00am- 2:00pm

Sun, Dec 4: Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North Hosted by: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sat, Jan 7: Seattle, Washington Cornish College of the Arts
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm

Sun, Jan 8: Portland, Oregon Oregon College of Art and Craft
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sat, Jan 14: New Orleans, Lousianna Location: Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport Hosted by: Memphis College of Art
Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm

Sat, Jan 14: San Francisco, California San Francisco Art Institute
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Sun, Jan 15: Los Angeles, California Otis College of Art and Design
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Sat, Jan 21: Miami, Florida Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center Hosted by: New World School of the Arts
Time: TBA

For a full NPDA schedule please visit: NPDA 2016-2017

LCAD will be participating in the 5th Annual Korea Portfolio Day


Sat, Oct 8 + Sun, Oct 9: Seoul, Korea Sim- San Cultural Center 2nd F, Art Hall 114-3 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu

Google Map:

Time: 11:00am- 5:00pm

For more information please visit: KPD 2016



We will also be attending the following International Preview Portfolio Events:

Sat, Oct 22: Shanghai, P.R.C. Concordia International School
Time: 12:00-17:00

Sun, Oct 23: Beijing, P.R.C. Beijing City International School
Time: 1:00pm-6:00

For a full Preview schedule and more information please visit: PREVIEW