Boston National Portfolio Day   

SMFA is hosting the 2012 Boston National Portfolio Day

Sunday, November 4, 2012
12–4 pm
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA  02115
Click here for directions.

Representatives from the nation's top art and design schools will be at the Hynes Convention Center to share information about their schools and provide feedback about your portfolio.

SMFA and all of the participating colleges will review portfolios from noon to 4 pm at the Hynes Convention Center located at 900 Boylston Street. When you arrive, stop by the check-in table (to be announced) to pick up a program and sign in. There is no cost to attend and you do not need to register or RSVP in advance.

What is National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists held at host colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives, who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans, and share information about their schools. These events are not an examination or a competition. The art college representatives are interested in your development, look forward to reviewing your work, and will provide you with helpful information for this next important step in your education. We urge you to use your time at Portfolio Day to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

Who should attend?
Any high school student considering studying art or design at a college level should participate in National Portfolio Day. A National Portfolio Day is a portfolio review event during which you meet with representatives from art schools and colleges from across the nation. The representatives will review your portfolio, offer critique and share information about their schools. Keep in mind you may hear many different opinions about your work. Do not hesitate to explain to the college representatives how you develop your ideas, and where you want to go with them. All participating schools are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. To find out more about these events, please visit the National Portfolio Day website at

What should I bring to a National Portfolio Day?
Most of the college representatives you speak with will spend approximately 15 minutes reviewing your portfolio and providing feedback. Bring your best original artwork (10–15 pieces). If your work is large, 3-dimensional or otherwise hard to carry, you can bring photographs of the work instead. When you attend portfolio day, please bring 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. If you would like to show some work digitally, please bring your own laptop with a self-contained power source as there will not be computers at each representative's table.

What schools are attending?

Alfred University
Arcadia University
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Art Center College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
The Cleveland Institute of Art
Columbus School of Art + Design
The Cooper Union School of Art
Corcoran College of Art and Design
Cornish College of the Arts
Delaware College of Art and Design
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design + Merchandising
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Mercy College
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art + Design
The New England School of Art + Design of Suffolk Univ
New Hampshire Institute of Art
New York School of Interior Design
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
OCAD University
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons The New School for Design
Parsons Paris School of Art + Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pratt Institute
Purchase College, SUNY: School of Art + Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rowan University
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
School of Visual Arts
Syracuse University, College of Visual + Performing Arts
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
University of Bridgeport Shintaro Akatsu School of Design
University of Connecticut, Dept. of Art + Art History
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts
University of Michigan, School of Art + Design
The University of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in Saint Louis