Portfolio is designed for 9th to 10th grade teens with a passion for art and design, aspirations to go to college on graduation from high school and a willingness to commit to a program of Saturday classes throughout the year and which are taught by RISD faculty. Portfolio has a three-fold focus: (1) drawing from observation, (2) experimentation with materials and (3) complementary explorations of the RISD Museum of Art, RISD's Nature Lab and Fleet Library.

Portfolio is free to teens and takes places in RISD studios on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm. Teens also have access to Open Studios scheduled on weekday afternoons from 3:00pm-5:00pm as well as designated Saturday afternoons. Teens enrolled in Portfolio are given RISD ID's, which enables them to travel to and from RISD at no cost using a Rhode Island Public Transport (RIPTA) bus. Additionally, the ID gives Portfolio 1 teens access to The RISD Museum of Art and RISD's Fleet Library. Enrollment in Portfolio is by application and interview.