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 Days, 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 and we will attend the following portfolio days during the 2016–17 academic year:

Saturday, September 24
Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
800 888-ARTS

Sunday, September 25
Atlanta, GA
host: Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University
location: Cobb Galleria Centre
202 639-1841 (Corcoran)
770 955-8000 (Cobb)

Saturday, October 1
Houston, TX
host: School of Visual Arts
location: Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel
212 592-2100 (SVA)
281 367-9797 (The Woodlands)

Sunday, October 2
Dallas, TX
host: School of Visual Arts
location: Hilton Anatole
212 592-2100 (SVA)
214 748-1200 (Hilton)

Saturday, October 15
Memphis, TN
Memphis College of Art
901 272-5100

Saturday, October 15
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
414 847-3200

Sunday, October 16
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
800 232-7242

Sunday, October 16
Nashville, TN
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
615 383-4848

Graduate Portfolio Day
Saturday, October 22
San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts
415 703-9500

Sunday, October 23
San Diego, CA
host: Laguna College of Art + Design
location: Westin San Diego
949 497-4984 (Laguna)
619 239-4500 (Westin)

Saturday, October 29
Toronto, ON
OCAD University
416 977-6000

Sunday, October 30
Detroit, MI
College for Creative Studies
313 664-7427

Graduate Portfolio Day
Sunday, October 30
New York, NY
Parsons School of Design
212 229-8900

Saturday, November 5
Boston, MA
host: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
location: Hynes Convention Center
617 879-7000 (Mass Art)
617 954-2000 (Hynes)

Graduate Portfolio Day
Saturday, November 5
Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
312 629-6100

Sunday, November 6
Hartford, CT
Hartford Art School | University of Hartford
860 768-4393

Saturday, November 12
Philadelphia, PA
host: Moore College of Art & Design
location: Pennsylvania Convention Center
215 965-4000 (Moore)
800 428-9000 (PCC)

Sunday, November 13
New York, NY
host: Fashion Institute of Technology
location: Jacob K Javits Convention Center
212 217-7999 (FIT)
212 216-2000 (Javits Center)

Saturday, November 19
Washington, DC
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University
202 994-6040

Sunday, November 20
Baltimore, MD
Maryland Institute College of Art
410 669-9200

Saturday, December 3
Vancouver, BC
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
604 844-3800

Saturday, January 7
Seattle, WA
Cornish College of the Arts
800 726-3800

Sunday, January 8
Portland, OR
Oregon College of Art and Craft
503 226-4391

Saturday, January 14
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco College of Art
415 749-4500

Sunday, January 15
Los Angeles, CA
Otis College of Art and Design
310 665-6800

Saturday, January 21
Miami, FL
host: New World School of the Arts
location: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
305 237-3135 (New World)
305 237-8888 (Miami Dade College)

Sunday, Jan. 22
Sarasota, FL
Ringling College of Art and Design
800 255-7695

Students often need to double up to transport large canvases, especially when it’s windy along the riverwalk in front
of the RISD Auditorium.