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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 what today’s college entrance portfolio comprises
  • Take creative risk
  • Experience specialized tools and new media
  • Produce creative works
  • Learn about art and design careers
  • Emerge prepared for the college application process
And NEW this year. Check out our ten-week Saturday program: Pre-College Portfolio Class

In KCAD's two-week Portfolio Camp, you’ll be guided in your portfolio creation experience through a curated offering of art and design skill-building projects, like observational drawing, printmaking, design drawing, design thinking, 3-D design and printing, Cintiq figure drawing, and more. You’ll be taught by full-time and adjunct faculty, and meet one on one with Admissions staff to review your current work and make goals for your future.

Portfolio Camp includes over 85 hours of guided studio time, a personalized portfolio review session, group critiques led by college faculty, field trip admission to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, evening and weekend studio or team-building activities, and several light lunches or dinners. The residential option, which we recommend, includes housing, transportation, and after hours supervision.

Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a $1000 scholarship for the year following your high school graduation split evenly over fall/spring semesters. Additional scholarships may be available upon completion of a portfolio review.

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 Dates: July 13 - July 24, 2020

Click to register for Portfolio Camp.


Students ages 16-18 are eligible. Students may register online, by phone or mail. You will be notified by e-mail of acceptance.


Tuition and includes KCAD studio time and instruction, admission to all scheduled activities, and some meals. 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 616.259.1144. VISA, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit cards are the preferred method of payment.


Housing (optional), based on double occupancy, is available nearby, and 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. 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.