National Portfolio Day

Each year, the National Portfolio Day Association holds 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.

For more information and to see a full list of 2018 National Portfolio Days, please visit the National Portfolio Day website.

National Portfolio Day 2018

In Fall 2018, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University will host the Washington, DC Undergraduate National Portfolio Day at the Corcoran’s Flagg Building on campus. High school or transfer students interested in studying art and/or design at the college level are encouraged to attend.

Washington, D.C. National Portfolio Day

Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

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



National Portfolio Days are free, open to the public and do not require registration, however, pre-registration is open for this event and will make your check-in process faster on the day of the event.


What to Bring

Students should bring original artwork when possible. These can include sketchbooks, works in progress and what are considered the best finished pieces. We suggest that you do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. If the artwork is large, three-dimensional or otherwise hard to carry, we suggest that students bring photographs of the work instead. Students may bring their own laptop or tablet; school representatives will not have laptops available to view images online or stored on a flash drive. Be sure your devices are fully charged!

If you have questions about what materials to include, registration, or simply need more information, check the NPD FAQs page or contact us.



Located in the heart of Washington, DC, campus is accessible by many public transit options, including the Farragut West Metrorail Station, which is a short walk to the Corcoran as well as Metrobus routes.

Advice for new bus riders: Metrobus names and routes can be confusing at first. Visit the interactive map at goDCgo for full details about the easiest way to take a bus to your destination.



Please note when searching nearby that several of the closest public garages are closed on the weekends. There is limited street parking available, and the closest 24-hour garage is a short 10-minute walk:

G Street Garage

Access from both 20th Street and 21st Street between F and G Streets
Hours: Open 24/7
This self-service garage accepts all major credit cards for payment (no cash).


  • 1 hour: $10
  • Up to 2 hours $16
  • Daily Maximum: $23
  • Weekend Daily Maximum: $12
  • Evening Maximum Rate (after 5 p.m. until 2 $11



The George Washington University provides a list of hotels that are located a short distance from campus.



Where to Eat Nearby

There are many food options near the Corcoran Flagg Building, and this list is a starting point, for your convenience:

1701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 11am-6pm

1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 11am-6pm

Zen Taco
1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 11am-9pm

GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar
1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 11am-6pm

Jimmy John’s
1717 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 11am-7pm

1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 8am-8pm

1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 6:30am-6pm
1957 E St NW, Washington, DC 20052 Saturdays, 7:30am-5:30pm

1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 7am-8pm

Greenberry’s Coffee
1805 E St NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturdays, 9am-3:30pm


Additional Information for College Reps

We look forward to seeing you in November! We will be in touch via email with event details closer to the event. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us!

Shipping Materials

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept materials in advance of/during the event. School representatives are responsible for making individual arrangements to ship their materials to Washington, D.C., following instructions for the hotel where you are staying.