Portfolio Days

RISD participates in a number of Portfolio Day events sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association.

At these events prospective students have the opportunity to present their portfolios to representatives from art and design colleges and university art departments. In one day, aspiring artists gather a wide range of opinions and advice about their portfolios, which may help them strengthen their work and prepare their college applications.

RISD representatives look forward to meeting with you to critique your work and provide information about the school. Please note, however, that RISD does not make admissions decisions at Portfolio Day events, nor do we require you to attend one of these events or meet with anyone from the Admissions Office as part of the application process. Meeting with us at one of these events does not eliminate the need to submit your portfolio as part of our application requirements.

Crowds are often large at Portfolio Days. We encourage you to come to the RISD table early to increase the likelihood that we will be able to speak with you before the end of the day. RISD representatives meet with as many visitors as the schedule of each event permits.

2017-2018 portfolio days

Sep 24

Atlanta, GA

Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter
111 Perimeter Central West
Atlanta, GA 30346
hosted by Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University
reviews run from 10 am–2 pm

Sep 30

Austin, TX

JW Marriott Austin
110 East 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
hosted by School of Visual Arts
reviews run from 11 am–3 pm

Oct 1

Dallas, TX

Hilton Anatole
Imperial Ballroom
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
hosted by School of Visual Arts
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Oct 14

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
reviews run from 10 am–2 pm

Oct 14

Memphis, TN

Memphis College of Art
Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
hosted by Memphis College of Art
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Oct 15

Chicago, IL

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
280 S Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60603
hosted by SAIC
reviews run from 10 am–2 pm

Oct 15

Nashville, TN

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Oct 21

Hartford, CT

Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Oct 21

Los Angeles, CA

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
reviews run from 11 am–3 pm

Oct 22

Boston, MA

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02115
hosted by Lesley University College of Art and Design
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Oct 22

San Francisco, CA (Graduate only)

San Francisco Art Institute
415-749-4500
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm
more information: http://www.portfolioday.net/graduate-events

Oct 29

New York, NY (Graduate only)

Parsons School of Design
212 229-8900
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm
more information: http://www.portfolioday.net/graduate-events

Nov 4

Chicago, IL (Graduate only)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
312 629-6100
reviews run from 10 am–2 pm

more information: http://www.portfolioday.net/graduate-events

Nov 5

Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall A
hosted by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Nov 12

New York, NY

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
Exhibit Hall 1A
New York, NY 10001
hosted by Fashion Institute of Technology
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Nov 18

Washington, DC

location details TBD
hosted by Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University

reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Nov 19

Baltimore, MD

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
reviews run from 1 pm–5 pm

Dec 2

Vancouver, BC

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Great Northern Way Campus at
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada V5T 1V7
hosted by Emily Carr University of Art + Design
reviews run from 11 am–3 pm

Jan 6

Seattle, WA

Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
Main Campus Center
hosted by Cornish College of the Arts
reviews run from 11 am–3 pm

Jan 7

Portland, OR

Pacific Northwest College of Art
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Jan 13

San Diego, CA

Westin San Diego
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
hosted by Laguna College of Art + Design
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Jan 14

San Francisco, CA

California College of the Arts
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Jan 20

Miami, FL

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Chapman Conference Center
245 Northeast 4th Street
2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33132
hosted by New World School of the Arts
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm

Jan 21

Sarasota, FL

Ringling College of Art and Design
reviews run from 12 pm–4 pm