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Portfolio Camp

Think About Your Future

You may have thought about the future of your education, but what about the future of your creativity?

Portfolio Camp enables you to:

    Understand the basics of organizing and presenting your work
    Begin translating your art and/or design skills to KCAD’s creative community
    Explore the KCAD campus and its resources
    Emerge prepared for the application process

Over the course of two weeks you’ll become completely immersed in an artistic exploration that will change the way you think about your creative potential. You’ll experiment with still life, figure or landscape drawing, design drawing, printmaking, 3D printing, and create 2-4 finished portfolio pieces. You’ll meet one-on-one with KCAD Admissions staff to review your current work and set goals for your future. You’ll bond with your fellow aspiring creatives through group activities, and connect with current KCAD undergraduate students, many of whom are Portfolio Camp alumni. Portfolio Camp tuition ($1195) includes over 70 hours of studio time guided by KCAD faculty and Continuing Studies instructors, 1-2 personalized portfolio review session, field trip admission to Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and two studio nights each week, including a light dinner.

Students are responsible for bringing their own art supplies and for purchasing their own lunch daily, along with most dinners. They’re also highly encouraged to bring previously created works of art (or photos and documentation of such) to portfolio review sessions.

As a college within Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters intellectual growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally. KCAD’s expert faculty and supportive atmosphere guide students to success in 17 specialized undergraduate programs.

Portfolio Camp Group 2015
Portfolio Camp kids at computers
Portfolio Camp Fieldtrip to Ambrose Design Studio
Portfolio Camp using the button maker
Drawing with telephone.
Skull drawing.
Green sculpture.

Portfolio Camp 2019: July 15 - July 26, 2019

Click to register for Portfolio Camp.


Students ages 16-18 are eligible. Students may register online, by phone or mail. Please send a letter of recommendation from the student's art teacher to [email protected] or 17 Fountain St. NW C/O Continuing Studies, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. You will be notified by mail of acceptance.


Tuition for Portfolio Camp is $1195.00, and includes admission to all scheduled activities and some dinners. Students must provide their own art supplies. A 50% deposit is due with your application to Portfolio Camp. Final payment is due July 1. To register, click here or call 616.451.2787, ext. 3012. VISA, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit cards are the preferred method of payment.


Housing (optional), based on double occupancy, is available nearby for an additional $1195. Housing cost includes room, linens, transportation, and supervision. Coin operated laundry facilities are available nearby.


A full refund of tuition and fees will be issued for withdrawal requests received in writing on or before the final registration deadline of July 1 (Session I) or July 15 (Session II). A $100 administrative fee will be charged for withdrawal requests submitted in writing after the registration deadline, but before camp begins. A pro-rated refund will be issued for withdrawal request submitted after camp begins, and a $100 administrative fee will be charged. There will be no refunds issued after the first full week of camp.