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2016 PDI hosted at Purchase College, NYC

The Preview Portfolio Development Institute (PDI) is a unique two-week summer program in the United States combining a week of intensive portfolio development courses and a week of college visits.



PDI is designed for students who aspire to study visual art, design, architecture and related arts.  Students will improve and develop their portfolio, and will have the opportunity to meet with representatives and faculty from some of the top art and design colleges in the world. PDI provides an outstanding educational experience for any student interested in a career in art or design.


Program Calendar



Program Team:


Program Director:  Hans Evers


On-Site Coordinator:  Jaime Garcia

Jaime was Associate Dean of Admissions at SVA and was coordinator for their Summer Pre-College programs from 2011-2015. Jaime has a BFA from SVA.


Lead Faculty:


Didier William

Chair of the MFA program at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. MFA in Painting from Yale University and BFA from MICA.


Colleen Asper

Critic in Painting at Yale, lectures at many top art colleges and active as exhibiting artist, curator and writer. MFA from Yale and BFA from MICA.


Art Colleges Visited:


Parsons, SVA, Cooper Union, Pratt, Tufts/SMFA, MassArt, Boston University, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and MICA.


All students who attended the 2016 PDI program received multiple offers of admission from top art colleges in the US.

Preview forums are endorsed by the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA). In the following cities/countries Preview has partnered with:

Escola de Artes Visuais

Parque Lage

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Casa Thomas Jefferson

Brasilia, Brazil

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