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What is Design Portfolio Review?

Design Portfolio Review is an effective way for employers to meet talented RISD students and share their professional expertise. The event is open to juniors, seniors and graduate level students who will come prepared to present their portfolio and to receive your feedback and insights.

Students sign up to meet with companies of interest via lottery. You'll receive your schedule in advance including student's resumes and links to their portfolios. After the event, you will receive a resume packet including any students that didn't make it onto your schedule for future follow up.

What is the schedule? 

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    • Check-In and Load In.

    • Staff will escort you to your table and provide any last minute updates and instructions.

    • Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    • Design Portfolio Review begins promptly at 12:00 pm.

    • Students will arrive and depart according to their scheduled time with you. 

    • There are 15-minute breaks at 1:30 and 3:15pm.

    • If you plan to arrive after 12:00 pm or leave before 5:00 pm, please update us with your schedule by emailing:

  • 5:00 pm

    • Reviewers are invited to join us for a reception with hors d'oeuvers and drinks to celebrate the event! .

Who should attend?

Designers, creative directors, principals, human resource professionals, and talent acquisition staff/recruiters who can provide comments and feedback on students' portfolios are welcome to attend. We encourage companies to have multiple staff in attendance to meet with as many students as possible.


If you have RISD alumni on staff, we hope they will attend! Alumni can be excellent advocates for your company and can offer unique insights to students on how they can translate RISD studio work into a strong portfolio in application for your opportunities.

How do I register?

Online registration requires a credit card.

Go to the Registration page for full information.  

How much does registration cost?

Early Bird Discount Deadline: 1/26/2024

Early Bird Rate: $75 per table

After 1/27/2024: $100 per table

One table can accommodate one to two representatives comfortably. 

What should I bring? 
  • Fully charged electronic devices. NOTE: Electrical power is not available at your table and wifi is limited.

  • Business cards to share with students. 

  • Collateral materials: brochures, postcards, etc. to offer to students.

  • Optional: Pull-up banners or signage that can be placed behind your table. Aisles must be kept clear so any banners will need to be placed behind your table.

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