National Portfolio Day at MCAD | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

National Portfolio Day at MCAD

MCAD Main Building
Admissions Event
National Portfolio Day 2023 on October 8 at MCAD

Meet in person with representatives from MCAD and other world-class art and design schools from across the country! Can’t make it to the Minnesota event on Sunday, October 8? Some National Portfolio Days are virtual this year. See the full schedule at to register or contact your personal admission counselor for a review at

Interested in spending more time with us? Join us for Morning at MCAD, which will feature presentations and campus tours from our admissions team.

Please review all guest information below prior to attending National Portfolio Day.

Participating Schools

  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
  • Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
  • Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
  • Iowa State University College of Design, Ames, IA
  • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 
  • Maine College of Art & Design, Portland, Maine
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
  • New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University, Portland, OR
  • Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
  • The Cooper Union, New York, NY
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO


What should I bring to a National Portfolio Day?

+ A portfolio of visual artwork that includes your best and most recent work. 

+ It can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. 

+ It is recommended to bring no more than 15 works. The portfolio can be presented as physical work or digitally on screen. Make note that wifi may not be available at all locations.

How do I get to MCAD? 

MCAD is located at 2501 Stevens Avenue, just south of downtown Minneapolis, next to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Children's Theatre Company. A free parking lot is located at 2572 2nd Ave S, the intersection of 26th Street East and Second Avenue South.

+ For parking, maps, nearby hotels, and directions, please go to

+ Please check out the Minnesota Department of Transportation website for road closure updates.

Important Information for National Portfolio Day Guests

This event will be held in the MCAD Main Building. Guest check-in begins at 9:30 am for Morning at MCAD events and noon for portfolio day. Check-in will be held inside the Main Building. Portfolio reviews will begin at 1:00 p.m. sharp and end promptly at 5:00 p.m.; please contact if you have additional questions. 

MCAD Portfolio Day Guest Requirements

+ Guests may bring one other person with them to this event.

+ Any guests unable to attend this day may schedule a future personal portfolio review or register to attend a virtual portfolio day.

Please note all event details are subject to change.




NPD '23 digital asset