National Portfolio Day

Show us what you've got

If you're interested in pursuing an art or design degree, National Portfolio Day is a great way to explore your options and meet admissions representatives from more than 20 schools across the country.

Receive feedback on your work and get tips on preparing your portfolio while learning about each school's admissions process, programs, facilities, and more.

What: National Portfolio Day

When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202


This event is free and open to prospective students and their families. Registration is encouraged but not required.

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Participating institutions

  • Alfred University School of Art and Design
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Ball State University
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • IUPUI Herron School of Art + Design
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • Miami University
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts
  • University of Illinois, School of Art + Design
  • University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
  • University of Saint Francis
  • Vincennes University

What should I expect?

Description of the video:


PORTFOLIO REVIEWER #1: National Portfolio Day is for students who are looking for education in art and design. It's an opportunity for them to meet one-on-one and have their portfolios reviewed with international colleges and universities.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWER #2: This is a perfect event for you to get your feet wet, to find out what other schools are looking for. Because if you're interested in the arts and design, schools are going to provide you with advice about who they are and what they are looking for. 

PORTFOLIO REVIEWER #3: National Portfolio Days are held for students who are looking for undergraduate programs, but there are also some specific ones for students who are looking for graduate programs as well. 

DESIGN GRADUATE: I attended a National Portfolio Day when I was in high school and I was looking for schools to attend for design or art. The event is four-hours long. It's a great idea to go in with your top three or five schools so you can really make sure that you see them. But you might have time after to view some other schools that you didn't even think of. There are going to be some lineups. It's a really popular event but I found it a little bit more calming to be able to talk to some people in the line and get prepared for my review, and it was a great change to network. 

PORTFOLIO REVIEWER #1: We encourage students to bring a collection of their work. This could be finished work or work in progress consisting of photographs, paintings, their portfolio, sculptures. We do encourage students to focus on the work itself and not spend too much money on the presentation. 

PORTFOLIO REVIEWER #2: We’re interested in voice. We want to see if a student is starting to ask questions about not only how and what they make but why they're making it. 

STUDENT: It's pretty neat. It's my first time being in a portfolio day, especially [because] it's a National Portfolio Day.

DESIGN GRADUATE: Honestly, it was really exciting. I found the critique made me want to go back and look at some of the work that I was thinking about submitting and it gave me a much clearer idea of what I wanted. 

PORTFOLIO REVIEWER #1: There are over 40 National Portfolio Days held annually in North America and parts of Europe with accredited international colleges and universities who are members of the National Portfolio Day Association. 

DESIGN GRADUATE: I'd say start looking at your opportunities now. Find out when the next National Portfolio Day is so that you can get prepared and you can start to pick those schools that you really want to visit. It will make a huge difference not only in your application process but just in your career and your education in art and design. 

STUDENT: I mean, there is no standard of how art would be good or bad. Just present the best of yourself. Be real. Be open. 

[National Portfolio Day Association text and website]

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about National Portfolio Day by exploring answers to the most commonly asked questions below.

National Portfolio Day provides students with the opportunity to meet with representatives from over 20 schools and colleges from across the nation. Representatives will review portfolios, offer critiques, and share information about their schools. All participating schools are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Bring finished pieces, works in progress, and sketchbooks. Bring original artwork whenever possible, but don't worry about matting or framing your work. If you have digital work, bring your laptop or tablet with a self-contained power source as a backup.

National Portfolio Day event is free and open to prospective students and their families. You don't need a reservation to attend. However, if you choose to RSVP, you'll receive email reminders and correspondence about both National Portfolio Day and the Herron Preview event.

Parking is available in the visitor section of the Sports Complex garage located next to Herron's parking lot. Parking validations for the Sports Complex garage will be given at check-in. Please do not park in the surface lot next to Eskenazi Hall, which is for IU Parking Permit holders only; you may be ticketed as a result.

Herron representatives will be reviewing portfolios at other National Portfolio Day events throughout the Midwest. Stay tuned for our National Portfolio Day events. 


9:30 – 10 a.m.
Visit the registration table just after entering the building to check in for Herron Preview

Admissions Presentation

10 – 11 a.m.
Learn about the application requirements and financing your education

Guided Tour

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tour Eskenazi Hall with a Herron admissions representative or ambassador

Getting to Herron

Eskenazi Hall, Herron's main building, is located at 735 W. New York St. in downtown Indianapolis. Event check-in takes place in the grand hallway, just after entering the building.

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Parking information

Visitor parking is available in the Sports Complex garage located just west of Eskenazi Hall. Parking validations for the Sports Complex garage will be given at check-in so you can exit the garage at no cost.

The surface parking lot is reserved for IU Parking Permit holders only.

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For more information, contact Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services at 317-278-9400 or