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National Portfolio Day 2007
Hosted by The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Saturday, October 20

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design invites you to attend the 2007 National Portfolio Day on Saturday, October 20 2007.  The event will be held at MIAD’s Jane Bradley Pettit Building, located at 273 East Erie Street.

This 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.   It is also an opportunity to explore MIAD’s program, meet MIAD’s faculty and tour our facility.

For further information, contact MIAD’s Admissions Office at 414‑291‑8070 or toll free at 1-888‑749‑6423.

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. 

Download the official Portfolio Day poster (1.93 MB)

12:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

MIAD is required to follow the National Portfolio Day Association’s guidelines, which limit portfolio reviews to four hours.  No review can take place before 12:00 P.M. or after 4:00 P.M.

What is National Portfolio Day?

Our 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.

When choosing an art college keep in mind that art making is a very special kind of learning experience.  In addition to considering academic standards, extracurricular activities, cost, and financial aid, there are other things to think about.  Faculty, facilities and equipment, proximity to museums, galleries and other cultural resources should be of concern.  We urge you to thoroughly read materials from the school you are interested in.  Try your best to visit them.  Get a feel of the college before you make your final decision.  Investigate its accreditation and the transferability of credits and be sure you understand its degree offerings and majors.  Get as much information as you can so you can choose a supportive and stimulating environment that is right for you.  We hope you enjoy the intensity and excitement of the day!

Graduate Programs: Many of the colleges participating in MIAD’s National Portfolio Day offer graduate programs.  If you are interested in showing a portfolio or obtaining information about a specific graduate program, please call the particular college directly to ensure that the representative attending will be able to review graduate level portfolios and answer questions regarding their graduate programs.

Participating Institutions

  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
  • The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California
  • CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), Valencia, California
  • The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
  • College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
  • Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
  • The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, New York
  • Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
  • FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, California
  • Herron School of Art and Design – Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Connecticut
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Minneapolis College of Art + Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania\
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
  • Purchase College, SUNY: School of Art + Design, Purchase, New York
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, Colorado
  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
  • University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin-Madision, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Washington University School of Art, St. Louis, Missouri