College & Career Resources

Career Preparation Weekend

March 11, 13, 14 and 17 will be full of online events to make you more aware and prepared for a future career. These events are open to all Ryman Arts students, alumni, and their families. Links can be found in the Student Portal, here (student login required). For Ryman Arts Alumni an email will be sent Thursday morning with the meeting links. All times are PST. Schedule will be updated, check back for the latest updates. If you have any questions, please email Rebecca at

Thursday, March 11:

  • WET Design, "Creatives Minds at WET". Thursday, March 11, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

Saturday, March 13:

  • ArtCenter College of Design, "Creative Careers via an ArtCenter Education". 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
  • "Producing an Animated Short Film as a Student" 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Monica Leigh Rodriquez, "Fashion Design with a Fine Art Approach: Inspiration and Dreams". 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • "Starting Out as a Professional Illustrator" 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Hettema Group, "The Hettema Group and Experiential Design", 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
  • "A Journey into Walt Disney Animation Studios", 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • "Design Thinking and UX/Technology Design careers". 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Eloqui, "Own The Room: Public Speaking". 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Ryman Arts Alumni panel: "From Creative Aspirations to Exploring Professions," 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 14 (Daylight Saving Time change today):

  • Resume workshop pt.1: "How to describe what you're good at". 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • ArtCenter College of Design, "Portfolio Prep for a Creative Career via an ArtCenter Education". 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. 
  • "Working in the Arts: from Ryman Arts student to curating ancient art". 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation, "Training for Art Careers in Film, Games, and Animation at Gnomon". 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • "How to Write About Yourself: An Introduction to Personal Statements". 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • "Imagineering: the Artist's Journey". 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • "Selling your Art at Conventions and Where to Start". 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • "How to Interview Online for Internships". 2:30 - 4:00 p.m

Wednesday, March 17

  • Resume workshop pt.2: "How to Write Your First Resume". 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

College Preparation Weekend

The following schools participated in Ryman Arts' College Preparation Weekend on October 3-4, 2020. Follow the links to learn more about the schools and access their virtual admissions offerings.

College Resources

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:

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"

Student Art Guide is a list of art schools in California with descriptions of each.

College Information for Deferred Action and/or Undocumented Students:

The Dream

Golden Door Scholars
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

How to Photograph your Artwork Using a Smartphone

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Parent Assistance for Students Going to College:

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And if you're looking for a job in the arts, read these really useful articles from New York Foundation for the Arts.

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