Milwaukee National Portfolio Day

Please join us for the 2017 National Portfolio Day hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10am - 2pm. The event will be held at MIAD's main academic facility, the Jane Bradley-Pettit building, located at 273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. This event is free and open to the public.

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 view our facility.


Art Academy of Cincinnati
Art Center College of Design
Ball State University
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cooper Union School of Art
Cornish College of the Arts
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Herron School of Art and Design
Illinois State University
Iowa State University College of Design
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Laguna College of Art + Design
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art & Design
Northern Illinois University School of Art & Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
SMFA at Tufts University
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts
Western Michigan University, Frostic School of Art

There are a few important things to note about attending National Portfolio Day. It is strongly recommended that you bring original work - representatives are not required to have laptops or devices to view CDs, flash drives, websites, or other digital media. If you'd like to bring a digital version of your portfolio, you will need to bring a charged viewing device - laptop, tablet, or so on. We strongly recommend against showing work on a cell phone. If your work is very large, or three-dimensional, you may wish to take photographs and bring those along.

MIAD is required to follow the National Portfolio Day Association's guidelines, which limit portfolio reviews to four hours. 


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. Use National Portfolio Day as a learning opportunity, a chance to be inspired by other students and their work.  This may be the first time you have seen so many people in one place who all share the powerful commitment to the arts.  The event is a small taste of what a professional art program can be.

National Portfolio Day is 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 or where you want to go with them. No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Day. Some college representatives may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Other colleges have restrictions that prohibit them from making a formal 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 review materials from the schools you find interesting.  Try your best to visit them.  Get a feel for the college before you make a 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!


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.


Metered parking is available on all Milwaukee streets.  There is paid parking at the Third Ward Parking Structure on the east side of Milwaukee Street, between Chicago and Buffalo Streets, or at the Historic Third Ward Parking Structure on the corner of Water and Chicago.

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