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National Portfolio Day at CIA

CIA will host the Cleveland National Portfolio Day on Sunday,
October 4, 2015, from 1-5pm.

What is National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Day is your chance to explore the nation’s best colleges of art and design-all in one place. Representatives from schools around the country will gather in Cleveland to review your artwork, discuss their programs, and answer questions about creative careers.

Whether you’re in high school or transferring from another college, you’re invited to join us. We encourage parents, teachers, and guidance counselors to attend as well. No reservations are required.

At the event we urge you to discuss the work with as many representatives as possible. You’ll hear many different opinions of your work. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. And don’t be discouraged if you see work that you think is better than yours.

A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you have seen so many people in one place who all share your commitment to the arts. The experience is a small taste of what a professional art program can be like.

No reservations are required for the National Portfolio Day (1:00 – 5:00pm).

Please note that Cleveland Institute of Art will also be offering information sessions and tours the morning of this event.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 9:30am: Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:45am: Welcome, Careers Session, Financial Aid Overview
  • 10:45am – Noon: Tour CIA’s facilities

Registration is required for this morning event only.
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Your Portfolio

Your portfolio should include the best work you are making now; but it can also include work in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets, such as printed proof of your work. Do not spend an inordinate amount of time matting or framing your work, or worrying about presentation. The work itself is what is of interest.

Whenever possible you should bring your original artwork. If you bring digital media or work that is time-based, such as video, animation, or performance, it is your responsibility to ensure that the work can be viewed. You may choose to bring your own device (laptop, iPad, or other tablet) to show your work. Be advised however, that you will not have access to an electrical outlet.

Schools in Attendance

Art Academy of Cincinnati
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
Columbus College of Art & Design
College for Creative Studies
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Herron School of Art and Design
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lawrence Tech
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art & Design
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pratt Institute
PrattMWP College of Art and Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
The Cooper Union School of Art
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University

Location and Parking

Our campus is located in Cleveland’s cultural district, University Circle. Just five miles from downtown Cleveland, this park-like setting is packed with more than 20 of the region’s most prestigious arts and educational institutions. Consider visiting some of them while you’re in town!

This event is held in CIA’s state-of-the-art campus, at 11610 Euclid Avenue.  Limited parking is available in three lots behind the building, off East 117th Street. Other parking options are available throughout the neighborhood

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