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

National Portfolio Day at MCAD

MCAD Main Building
Admissions Event
National Portfolio Day 2022 (webheader)

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 9? 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 prior to attending National Portfolio Day.

Attending Schools

  • California College of the Arts
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Iowa State University College of Design
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Laguna College of Art + Design
  • Maine College of Art & Design
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University
  • Parsons School of Design/Parsons Paris at The New School
  • Ringling College of Art & Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
  • School of Visual Arts
  • The Cooper Union
  • The University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth CVPA
  • University of South Dakota
  • Washington University in St. Louis


What to Bring

What to bring: This is an educational event—no admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered. Portfolios should include 12-20 pieces of a student’s best and most recent work, but can also include works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets—it is not necessary to mat or framed work. Students should bring original artwork whenever possible, and keep their presentation simple, as the work itself is what is important.

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 outside, in the big white tent on the south end of the MCAD lawn. Portfolio reviews will begin at 1:00 p.m. sharp and end promptly at 5:00 p.m.; please contact for more information. 

MCAD Portfolio Day Guest Requirements

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. If you are part of an immunocompromised high-risk group, would like to schedule a virtual visit, or have additional questions, please contact us at

Important: MCAD staff and guests are required to follow MCAD safety requirements for events of this size such as wearing a mask regardless of vaccination status and staying home if anyone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or thinks they might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Please note all event details are subject to change.

Visitor Information

For information on directions to MCAD, parking, and nearby hotels, please refer to our Visit MCAD page. Limited free parking is available on Minneapolis streets surrounding the college. Please check out the Minnesota Department of Transportation website for road closure updates.