National Portfolio Day

OCAD University will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday October 29, 2016

100 McCaul St., Toronto ON
12 noon to 4 p.m. (doors open at 11:45 a.m.)
Admission is free, no pre-registration required

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It’s not a competition, and no offers of admission will be made. Bring your portfolio, of your best and most recent work, and have it critiqued by the school of your choice.

About the day

At our National Portfolio Day event reviews are held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and take place on a first-come, first served basis. No reservations or advanced registrations are required. We recommend that participants arrive prior to the event to secure a spot in line. You will be waiting outside prior to the event so we suggest that you protect your work, bring an umbrella and a snack. Once you are inside, you will be given a map and you can join the line for the school you want to meet with.  

No admission decisions or scholarship awards are offered at National Portfolio Days

What should you bring?

Include a variety of finished pieces in your portfolio that demonstrate your ability to work with a wide range of techniques, materials and subject matter. Drawings may be from direct observation as well as from your imagination and memory. New media or time based work can be included. Work exploring colour, form, mixed media, and 3D approaches are welcome. In addition to finished pieces, your portfolio may include works in progress. Include a sketchbook/creative journal to demonstrate your creative process and work habits. Do not mat or frame your work, or worry about the presentation. The work itself is what is of interest.

What is the National Portfolio Day Association?

For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association or for details on the programs and majors available at the colleges and universities attending the Toronto National Portfolio Day please visit the National Portfolio Day Association website.

Visit OCAD U at a National Portfolio Day Event

Representatives from OCAD U attend several National Portfolio Day Events throughout North America. Bring your work, have it critiqued and learn about OCAD University.

  • Sunday October 16, 2016 - Chicago National Portfolio Day at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Sunday October 23, 2016 -Syracuse National Portfolio Day at Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY
  • Sunday October 30, 2016 -Detroit National Portfolio Day at the College for Creative Studies
  • A. Alfred Taubman Center, Detroit, MI
  • Saturday November 5, 2016 - Boston National Portfolio Day at Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA (Hosted by Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
  • Saturday November 12, 2016 - Philadelphia National Portfolio Day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA (Hosted by Moore College of Art & Design)
  • Sunday November 13, 2016 - New York National Portfolio Day at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY (Hosted by the Fashion Institute of Technology)
  • Saturday December 3, 2016 - Vancouver National Portfolio Day at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC
  • Sunday January 22, 2017 - Sarasota National Portfolio Day at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL


Colleges and Universities attending the Toronto National Portfolio Day at OCAD University:

    • Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, AB
    • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
    • CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), Valencia, CA
    • California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
    • Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
    • College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
    • Concordia University, Montreal, QC
    • Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
    • Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC
    • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
    • FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, San Diego, CA
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
    • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
    • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
    • New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY
    • NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), Halifax, NS
    • OCAD University, Toronto, ON
    • Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
    • Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
    • Paris College of Art, Paris, France
    • Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
    • PrattMWP College of Art and Design, Utica, NY
    • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
    • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, CO
    • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
    • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
    • Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
    • Watkins College of Art, Design & Film,
    • York University - School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Toronto, ON

Helpful contacts for undergraduate admissions

Mailing address

100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W1

416-977-6000, Ext. x4869

Toll-free: 1-800-382-6516