January 9, 2014

National Portfolio Day at PNCA: Show your work. 31 art and design colleges.

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University
National Portfolio Day at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Image courtesy of Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) invites students to National Portfolio Day, a chance for prospective art and design students to meet with representatives from the country’s best art and design schools. Representatives from PNCA and other design colleges will review students’ artwork, offer feedback, discuss their programs, and answer questions about professional careers in art. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

Participating schools:

Alberta College of Art + Design
Art Center College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lesley University – College of Art and Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons The New School for Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Rhode Island School of Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
School of Visual Arts
The Cooper Union School of Art
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The University of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in Saint Louis
Woodbury University, School of Media, Culture & Design

About student portfolios
Students’ portfolios should include their best and most recent work, but can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. The representatives would prefer to see original artwork whenever possible. It is suggested that students not spend time and money matting or framing their work, but keep the presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest to the college representatives.

To learn more about preparing your portfolio, please visit

About PNCA
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled is endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of five million USD. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st-century economy—both in Portland and beyond.

For more information, visit

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