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We are so excited to have you be a part of our Mini Portfolio Day! You are here because you are excited to continue pursuing art in college or maybe you want to collect more information before making a choice about your future. Well, that’s where we come in!  Just follow our easy steps, attend our event(s), and you will be in a great place once you start applying to your dream schools. 

Please watch this short 5 min video on what Mini Portfolio Day is, how to prepare for it, and how to research colleges!

Please contact

Deanna Sortino,

if you have any questions about the event!


You must pre-register for the event. CLICK HERE to pre-register.

2. Pick your sessions

Review the COLLEGE GOOGLE SHEET to start figuring out which colleges you want to learn more about.

Mini Portfolio Day - Saturday, October 23rd
10:00am-2:00pm CT

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Mini Portfolio Week - Tuesday, October 19th
6:00pm-8:00pm CT

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3. get prepared

Ask your boss/coach for the day off so you can attend. Ask your parents/guardians to join you for the sessions!


Review your portfolios with your teachers/family/friends (5-25 pieces is a good number to show college reps). Make sure everything is photographed correctly and in presentation-ready mode. Each portfolio piece should be saved as .jpg for easy viewing by colleges

NOTE: College reps are not particular with how you share your portfolios with them. It can be as simple as Padlet or Google Drive or as refined as a website. If you need to text them your images, they can accommodate anything!



You are in charge of recording what time you sign up for your portfolio review and reaching out to the colleges to confirm your appointment/send them your portfolio.

Once you find a school (or schools) you want to set up a portfolio review with, send an email to the college rep setting up a meeting before portfolio day (or for portfolio day if they sign up for a time for the day). There’s a template/assignment here you can use for reference.

Be ready to email them your portfolio BEFORE the portfolio review. 

NOTE: You WILL be able to sign up for "day of" portfolio reviews at Mini Portfolio Day.


AHH! I'M nervous! What should I expect for

MY VIRTUAL portfolio review?

Watch a sample portfolio review from Admissions Rep, Molly Noyes,

from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

5. Review proper portfolio review
zoom etiquette

  1. Say hello and thank you & introduce yourself

  2. Have your video on

  3. Make sure you go somewhere with a stable internet connection

  4. Make sure you are prepared to talk about your work

  5. Make the initial effort to reach out to them if you’re interested in their school

  6. Send a thank-you email afterward

  7. Come prepared with questions

  8. Have your guardians join you on the zoom if possible

6. Follow us (and your favorite colleges) 

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