Membership FAQs

How can my Institution Become an NPDA Member?

At this time, the National Portfolio Day Association is not accepting applications for new members.

What is the Membership Criteria?

American NPDA members must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, or hold not-for-profit status or sponsorship
  • 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)
  • 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 this 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 this criteria.
  • Be accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

 Canadian NPDA members must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, or hold not-for-profit status or sponsorship
  • Hold membership in the Assoc. of Univ. and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • Hold “substantial equivalency” by NASAD for its art and design programs

 Other international NPDA institutions must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, or hold not-for-profit status or sponsorship
  • 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.