Admissions First-Year

Portfolio Reviews

National Portfolio Day

RISD participates in a number of Portfolio Day events sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association. This year, we will only be attending some of their online events.

National Portfolio Days are an opportunity for prospective students to present their portfolios to representatives from art and design colleges and university art departments. Aspiring artists can 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 connecting with you to critique your work and provide information about the school. Please note, however, that RISD does not make admissions decisions during National Portfolio Day events, nor do we require you to participate in one of these events or connect with anyone from the Admissions Office as part of the application process. Participation does not eliminate the need to submit your portfolio as part of our application requirements.

Portfolio Day events, even online, can get very busy. We encourage you to prioritize RISD early on in your itinerary to increase the likelihood that we will be able to speak with you before the end of the day. RISD representatives connect with as many visitors as the schedule of each event permits.

Visit to see the full schedule of events or sign up for a review.

RISD will participate in the following NPDA events:

Online—9/26/21 1-5pm (Eastern)
Online—10/30/21 1-5pm (Eastern)
Online—11/20/21 1-5pm (Eastern)
Online—1/9/21 1-5pm (Eastern)

AICAD Slideroom portfolio review

There’s another way you can get a review from us without having to wait for a National Portfolio Day event. Through The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), you can upload a sample of your portfolio to to the portfolio review portal and get detailed feedback from RISD representatives via email.

Upload Portfolio