Some photos of our field trips to National Portfolio Day!
When is National Portfolio Day?
In our area, it’s usually the third Saturday in January but it’s different in other parts of the country.
Where is National Portfolio Day?
In the San Francisco it’s usually at either the California College of the Arts (CCA) or at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). It changes year to year.
How will we get there?
We’ll drive in private cars. Interested students need to have the field trip form turned in by the date noted at the top of the form. If you’re over 21 and want to be a chaperone, please contact me in November!
What is National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, 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.
National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes. Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback. We understand that some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Don’t be discouraged if you see work that is “better” than yours. A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you have seen so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to the arts. The experience is a small taste of what a professional art program can be like.
National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information about your work, yourself, your college plans, and your concerns. This is not an examination or competition. The college representatives are pleased to talk about their programs with you and can be most helpful when discussing your artwork. Your portfolio should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks and tear sheets. You’ll hear many different opinions of your work. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Day. Some colleges represented may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Other colleges have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definite portfolio decision at the time of your review. We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.
What should I bring?
Your portfolio can include 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. Keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest to us.
How do I choose an Art College?
Art making is a special kind of learning experience. Of particular concern to art students should be a college’s faculty, facilities, and equipment. You should also consider the school’s proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources, in addition to its academic standards, extracurricular activities, housing, costs, and financial aid offerings. We urge you to gather enough information so that you may choose a supportive and stimulating art college environment that meets your individual needs. Try your best to visit the colleges that interest you, to get a feel for each school before you make your final decision. Investigate the colleges’ accreditations and the transferability of their credits, and be sure you understand each school’s degree offerings and majors.
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Want to read some student’s experiences at National Portfolio Day?