College & Career Resources

Career and college information and events for artists:


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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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 [9 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 these really useful articles from New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Career Programs & Tours

Ryman Arts Career Program 2020 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. Submit your request by March 24. For tours that get more requests than spaces, the spots will be given by lottery.

The following tours were scheduled for Spring 2020, but have been canceled. Some may be rescheduled, check back on this page for future updates:

Art + Practice, Los Angeles.
Jovenville, San Juan Capistrano.
Getty Villa, Curatorial and Photography Departments, Malibu.
The Hettema Group, Pasadena. 
Super 78 Studios, Silver Lake.
Animation Research Library, Glendale.
Titmouse Inc. Animation Studios, Hollywood.
Warner Brothers Theatrical Animation, Burbank.
Gnomon, Hollywood.
Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale.
WET Design, Sun Valley.


Career Day 2020 - Cancelled


College Day 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
California State University, Fullerton, Visual Arts Department building D

Special Event for all Ryman Arts students, alumni and their families.

The following schools will have representatives at College Day:

ArtCenter College of Design. Private Art College. Pasadena, CA
Bennington College. Liberal Arts College. Bennington, VT
California College of the Arts. Private Art College. San Francisco, CA
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Private Art College. Valencia, CA
California State University, Fullerton,  Department of Visual Arts. Public University. Fullerton, CA
Cerritos College, Art & Design Department. Community College. Cerritos, CA
College for Creative Studies. Private Art College. Detroit, MI
Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Private vocational school. Hollywood, CA
Laguna College of Art and Design. Private Art College. Laguna Beach, CA
Maryland Institute College of Art. Private Art College. Baltimore, MD
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Private Art College. Milwaukee, WI
Otis College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Los Angeles, CA
Oxbow School. Private Arts High School. Napa, CA
Parsons the New School for Design. Private Art College. New York, NY
San Francisco Art Institute. Private Art College. San Francisco, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Private Art College. Chicago, IL
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Private Architectural College. Los Angeles, CA
UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. Public University. Los Angeles, CA


2019 College Day Workshops and Seminars

10:00 - 10:45

  • The California State University Application Process

10:30 - 11:15

  • UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture Presentation

10:30 - 11:45

  • How to Photograph Your Artwork

11:00 - 11:45

  • Financial Aid 101
  • Tour of the Visual Arts Department

12:00 - 12:45

  • How to Prepare Your Portfolio for College Applications
  • UCLA School fo the Arts and Architecture (repeat of the 10:30 presentation)
  • What is College Life Really Like?
  • Demystifying College Applications

1:00 - 2:00

  • How to Support Your Student Artist in the College Admissions Process
  • What Not to do When Applying to College
  • One on One College Counseling
  • Writing About Your Artistic Practice

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