2022 National Portfolio Day at AAC

September 25 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Art Academy of Cincinnati

National Portfolio Day | Art Academy of Cincinnati

Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Have you ever wanted to be in multiple places at once? 

Join the Art Academy of Cincinnati as we host schools from all around the country for National Portfolio Day on our campus on Sunday, September 25 from 12pm-4pm. Tours of our campus will be held from 10am-12pm. 

Masks are required for all participants, guests and visiting schools.  

Come get feedback on your Fine Art, Creative Writing, Design and more by the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the following schools:  

Alfred University School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division, Alfred, NY 
Bowling Green State University School of Art, Bowling Green, OH 
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH 
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI  
Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH 
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA  
Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN 
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI 
Miami University, Oxford, OH 
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD  
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI 
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN 
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA 
New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY 
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL  
Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University, Portland, OR Parsons School of Design, New York, NY/
Parsons Paris at The New School, 
Paris, France 
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 
Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL  
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL  
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, MA 
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 
The Cooper Union, New York, NY 
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 

To register, please visit: https://nationalportfolioday.org/ 

Can’t make it to AAC’s NPD but still want to meet with us? Check out National Portfolio Day’s website to see what other cities we’ll be in at: https://nationalportfolioday.org/schedule 



What is the National Portfolio Day Association?  

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The Association consists of representatives that hold regional accreditation and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), or Substantial Equivalency status. NPDA is the only organization of its kind and the membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the world.  

What are National Portfolio Days?  

National Portfolio Days are annual events held in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. They are designed to provide a unique opportunity for you to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application. Not all members attend all events. Visit nationalportfolioday.org for attendees.  

No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Days. Some college and university representatives may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Others have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definitive portfolio decision at the time of your review. All representatives will be happy to discuss their specific programs of study and provide answers to questions about the availability of scholarships and financial aid.  

You will not find National Portfolio Days to be an examination or competition, the events are about an exchange of information. The representatives want to learn about you, your work, and your post-secondary plans, all while informing you about their college or university and application requirements. These events may be the first time you have been in an environment with so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to art and design. Use this as an opportunity to be inspired, to gain advice as to how to improve or present your portfolio, and to experience a small taste of what it is like to attend a professional art and design program.  

What should I bring to a National Portfolio Day?  

A portfolio of visual artwork that includes your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. Often, sharing the process of arriving at the completed work is as valuable as simply presenting finished products. You will hear many different opinions about your work that will be reflective of the admission requirements of each school. Therefore, we urge you to discuss your work with as many colleges/universities as possible and to bring no more than 15 works. Your portfolio can be presented as original work or on screen, but make note wifi may not be available at all locations. Students who are not prepared to show a portfolio may attend to gather information from college/university representatives.  

All National Portfolio Day events are free and open to the public.  

For more information on NPD, please visit their website at: https://nationalportfolioday.org/ 

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