Membership FAQs

How can my Institution Become an NPDA Member?

At this time, the National Portfolio Day Association is at capacity and is not reviewing applications for new members. Institutions who are interested in becoming members of NPDA and meet the membership criteria outlined below are encouraged to submit an application. Applications will be reviewed if space for new members becomes available in the organization.

What is the Membership Criteria?

All NPDA member schools must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, or hold not-for-profit status or sponsorship
  • Require a portfolio for admission to a majority of studio art and design programs
    • Universities who do not require a portfolio for admission into the University, but do require a portfolio for admission into the School of Art, do meet this criteria
    • Portfolios needed only for scholarship consideration, but not required for admission, do not meet these criteria.
    • Portfolios must be required for admission to the art/design program. “Exit” portfolios required for already enrolled students to receive a degree do not meet these criteria.

Additionally, American NPDA member schools must:

  • Be accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Be accredited by one of the following US regional accrediting bodies (recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education):
          • Middle States Association (MSCHE)
          • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE)
          • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC)
          • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
          • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commision on Colleges (SACSCOC)
          • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission Sr. Colleges and Univ. (WASC-ACSCU)

Canadian NPDA member schools must:

  • Be a member of Universities Canada, or
  • Hold “substantial equivalency” by NASAD for its art and design programs

International NPDA institutions must meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold “substantial equivalency” by NASAD for its art and design programs
  • Show substantial equivalency or membership with an organization of standards similar to U.S. regional accreditation

Any change to an institution's status must be reported to the NPDA officers, and may result in immediate removal from the organization.

Is there NPDA Membership for Individuals?

No, only institutions of higher education can become members of NPDA. Individuals are welcome to attend any public NPDA event without membership or registration.

My institution meets the membership criteria. How do we apply?

Institutions may submit an application membership here.