Career Programs & Tours
Ryman Arts Career Program 2017 Behind the Scenes Tours
Each spring, Ryman Arts provides a Career Program to focus on the expansion of our students’ career horizons. We want all our students, and their families, to know that nobody has to be a “starving artist”—you can find a career in the arts that suits you!
The best way to get a taste of the marvelous career opportunities in the arts is to visit the workplaces of artists and see the variety of skills that are in demand in Southern California's creative workforce. These tours have been arranged especially for Ryman Arts students and alumni, giving them a unique chance to explore their options for a career in the arts.
This program is available to current Ryman Arts students and alumni, who can sign up for tours by submitting this form to Rebecca.
Tours will take place from April 10-13 and April 17-21. Check back on this page for an updated list.
Monday, April 10 Titmouse Animation Studios
Tuesday, April 11 Garner Holt Productions
Wednesday, April 12 UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Wednesday, April 12 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
Thursday, April 13 Animation Research Library
Thursday, April 13 Getty Villa Antiquities Department
Tuesday, April 18 saltfineart Gallery & Laguna Art Museum
Wednesday, April 19 Ryman Arts and Maker City
Thursday, April 20 Walt Disney Animation Studios
Thursday, April 20 Walt Disney Imagineering
Thursday, April 20 Merge Conceptual Design
Themed Entertainment Association
Many of the companies participating in our Career Program are members of the Themed Entertainment Association. The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers, and producers of compelling places and experiences.
TEA members bring the experience of engaging storytelling and entertainment to a vast number of casinos, restaurants, retail stores, museums, zoos, theme parks, and an ever-growing list of destinations that aim to bring a higher level of visitor experiences worldwide.
The TEA provides the proper channels and opportunities to network, educate, and help your business or career grow.
Career Day 2017
Saturday, March 4
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Department
California State University, Fullerton
Ryman Arts students, parents and alumni all welcome to this free event!
As a Ryman Arts student, you should know all the possibilities that are open to you, think about what type of career you might want to have, and how you might start to get there.
At Career Day, meet Ryman Arts alumni now working in the arts will be speaking with students in small groups about their career arc from Ryman Arts student to current arts professional. Additionally, there will be hands-on workshops on resume and cover letter writing.
During each session, you can choose which speaker or hands-on workshop to attend. Choose what interests you!
11:00 - 12:00 Career Day kick-off in the Auditorium. Keynote Speaker Alex Calle, CEO of Entertainment Design Corporation
12:00 - 12:40 Session One
12:40 - 1:20 Session Two
1:20 – 2:00 Session Three
2:00 – 2:30 Career Day wrap-up and book giveaway in the Auditorium
o Adrianna Arambula, Creative Director for Justice Design Group (Ryman Arts class of '04)
o Jhoannadel “Jojo” Leovonchiong, Animatronics Engineer (Ryman Arts class of '08)
o Resume writing workshop presented by Rebecca.
Career Resource Booklet
Go to our Special Opportunities page to see a current list of internship and scholarship opportunities, as well as other great postings.
Download the Career Preparation booklet [18 pages, PDF: 355 KB]
- Careers in the Arts
- Careers Related to Visual Art
- Internet resources for job seekers
- How to write a resume and cover letter
- Resume writing worksheet
- How to request a Letter of Recommendation
- Internships listing
And if you're looking for a job in the arts, read this really useful blog post from New York Foundation for the Arts.
Here are links to websites and handouts that will help you to navigate your college application process. Some are specifically for students who are applying to art programs and some are useful for all college-bound students.
General College Preparation:
- Ryman Arts' Guide to Choosing a College [pdf 40kb]
- FastWeb Guide to College Search and Admission
- Mapping Your Future This site provides free, web-based college, financial aid, career and financial literacy information and services.
- QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges.
- TELACU Education Foundation provides college scholarships and mentoring to students in underserved communities in California. They have a great list of online college preparation resources here: http://telacu.com/telacu-education-foundation/online-resources/.
- College Prep 101 General college preparation information.
- College Affordability Guide provides clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree
- I Can Afford College provides help in applying for community college and financial aid
College Preparation for Art Students:
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Visual and Performing Arts College Fairs, and links to general college preparation articles
College Affordability Guide: Fine Arts Degrees
Good, in-depth information about what to look for when choosing your fine arts program, and how to avoid "diploma mills"
A comprehensive website for the college-going undocumented student
How to Photograph Your Artwork
Mike Pucher presentation:
Photographing Your Artwork: The Three Things To Do Right [pdf 15 MB]
Photographing Your Artwork: Quick Reference Guide [58kb]
Ryman Arts Workshop: How to photograph your artwork [pdf 71kb]
Instructions created for Ryman Arts students
Ryman Arts' Glossary of Photographic terms [pdf 37kb]
How to Photograph your Artwork
Detailed instructions on photographing different types of artwork.
How to Photograph your Drawing or Painting
Shorter instructions on photographing a drawing or painting
Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use this application to apply for federal grants and assist in funding your college education. You will be required to fill out this form to apply for financial aid in college.
California Student Aid Commission:
The California Student Aid Commission’s site will assist you in your search for state, federal, and institutional financial aid information for funding post-high school education.
Latino College Dollars
Latino College Dollars lets you search for scholarships specifically for Latino students.
LA Cash for College
Grants and Scholarship for Art Students
College Day 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Otis College of Art and Design
Special Event for all Ryman Arts students, alumni and their families 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Download a pdf of the day's schedule and description here.
The schools that will have representatives on site this year are:
Art Center College of Design. Private Art College. Pasadena, CA
Bennington College. Liberal Arts College. Bennington, VT
California College of the Arts . Private Art College. Oakland, CA
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Private Art College. Valencia, CA
California State University, Fullerton . Public University. Fullerton, CA
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Private Applied Arts & Creative Business School. Los Angeles, CA
Haverford College. Liberal Arts College. Haverford, PA
Laguna College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Laguna Beach, CA
Maryland Institute College of Art. Private Art College. Baltimore, MD
Otis College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Los Angeles, CA
Parsons the New School for Design. Private Art College. New York, NY (October 22 only, not present on October 30)
Pomona College. Liberal Arts College. Claremont, CA
Ringling College of Art and Design. Private Art College. Trail Sarasota, FL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Private Art College. Chicago, IL
Southern California Institiute of Architecture. Private Architecture School. Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Department of Art. Public University. Los Angeles, CA
Woodbury University. Liberal Arts School. Burbank, CA
In addition to college admissions representatives reviewing portfolios, there will be some organizations with programs for high schools students on their path to college. They will have representatives at College Day to talk to you about the benefits of their program. They are:
National YoungArts Foundation. National contest for talented youth
Otis Pre-College Programs. Studio art classes and summer art camp. Los Angeles, CA
The Oxbow School. Private Arts High School. Napa, CA
College Day Workshops and Seminars
- Financial Aid 101. 11:00 a.m., repeated at 1:00 p.m.
- Applying for Contests and Scholarships. 12:00
- Being an artistic student at a liberal arts college. 12:00
- How to photograph your artwork. Part 1 at 11:00, Part 2 at 12:00
- What is college life really like? 1:00
- How to apply to Cal State and UC schools. 12:00
- Writing a great college essay 1:00
- Parent Discussion Group (with breakout groups by language in English, Spanish and Korean) 1:00
Individual schools will be making short presentations and hosting Q&A sessions.
11:00 Laguna College of Art & Design
11:40 Pomona College
12:00 California Institute of the Arts
12:20 Woodbury University
12:40 Southern California Institute of Architecture
UCLA Department of Art will be making 30 minute presentations at 11:00, 11:30, 1:00 and 1:30