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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.

Event details are available through National Portfolio Day or from the individual host colleges.

2019-2020 portfolio days

Sep 14

Atlanta, GA

hosted by Columbus College of Art + Design

Sep 14

Nashville, TN

hosted by Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Sep 15

Memphis, TN

hosted by Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Sep 21

Phoenix, AZ

hosted by University of Arizona

Sep 22

Albuquerque, NM

hosted by Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Sep 28

Austin, TX

hosted by School of Visual Arts

Sep 29

Dallas, TX

hosted by School of Visual Arts

Oct 5

Richmond, VA

hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University

Oct 6

Charlotte, NC

hosted by Kansas City Art Institute

Oct 12

Hartford, CT

hosted by Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

Oct 13

Boston, MA

hosted by Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Oct 20

Chicago, IL

hosted by School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Oct 26

New York, NY

hosted by School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Oct 27

Philadelphia, PA

hosted by University of the Arts

Nov 2

Washington, DC

hosted by George Mason University

Nov 3

Baltimore, MD

hosted by Maryland Institute College of Art

Nov 9

San Diego, CA

hosted by Hosted by Laguna College of Art and Design

Nov 9

Seattle, WA

hosted by Cornish College of the Arts

Nov 10

Portland, OR

hosted by Pacific Northwest College of Art

Nov 10

Los Angeles, CA

hosted by Otis College of Art and Design

Nov 16

Cincinnati, OH

hosted by Art Academy of Cincinnati

Nov 16

Vancouver, BC

hosted by Kwantien Polytechnic University—Wilson School of Design

Nov 17

Cleveland, OH

hosted by Cleveland Institute of Art

Nov 17

San Francisco, CA

hosted by California College of the Arts

Jan 25

Miami, FL

hosted by New World School of the Arts

Jan 26

Sarasota, FL

hosted by Ringling College of Art and Design