National Portfolio Day

Each year, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design participates in undergraduate and graduate National Portfolio Days across the country. These educational events for emerging artists bring together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their programs.

National Portfolio Day is not an examination or a competition. Reviewers look forward to seeing students' work and providing them with helpful information for the next important step in their education. A portfolio review takes approximately 15 minutes.

Participation gives students a taste of what it is like to attend a professional art program. Students should keep in mind that they may hear many different opinions about their work, but will have the opportunity to explain their creative thought process and how they would like their work to progress.

National Portfolio Day 2017

In Fall 2017, GW's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will host two Undergraduate National Portfolio Day events. High school or Transfer students interested in studying art and/or design at the college level are encouraged to attend the National Portfolio Days hosted by the Corcoran School in Atlanta and Washington, DC.

National Portfolio Days are free, open to the public and do not require registration, however, pre-registration is open for both of these events.

Atlanta, GA

Sunday, September 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)

Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter, 111 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30346

Pre-register and let us know you're coming! 


Washington, D.C.

Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)

JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

NEW LOCATION: Note that this event IS NOT located on campus.

Pre-register and let us know you're coming! 


Other Locations the Corcoran Will Be Participating In:


Chicago, IL - Sunday, October 15

Richmond, VA - Saturday, October 28

Philadelphia, PA - Sunday, November 5

New York City, NY - Sunday, November 12

Baltimore, MD - Sunday, November 19


San Francisco, CA - Sunday, October 22

New York City, NY - Sunday, October 29

Chicago, IL - Sunday, November 4

To learn more about each session and how to attend, please check out the online schedule. For more information and to see a full list of 2017 National Portfolio Days, please visit the National Portfolio Day website.


What to Bring

Students should bring original artwork when possible (15 to 20 pieces is fine.) These can include sketchbooks, works in progress and what are considered the best finished pieces. If the artwork is large, three-dimensional or otherwise hard to carry, students can bring photographs of the work instead. Students may bring their own laptop; the Corcoran School will not have laptops available to view images online or stored on a flash drive.


How to Prepare

The annual schedule for schools is updated on the National Portfolio Day website at the start of each school year, so check the date and plan ahead for your visit. If you have questions about what materials to include, registration, or simply need more information, check the FAQs or contact GW's Undergraduate Admissions Office.