College & Career Resources

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Career Programs & Tours


Ryman Arts Career Program 2018 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 request a spot on a tour by submitting this form.
Tours that have space after then can still be requested, up until the day before the tour takes place.

Tours will take place during the last week of March and the first week of April. Check back on this page for an updated list.

Tuesday, March 27 The Hettema Group, Pasadena, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 27 Art + Practice, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 WET Design, Sun Valley, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4 Jovenville, Newport Beach, 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 4 Terri Hardin's Studio - Burbank, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 5  Merge Conceptual Design, Santa Monica, 10:00 a.m.
Friday, April 6 Getty Villa, Antiquities Department, Malibu 10:00 a.m. 
Friday, April 6  Garner Holt Productions, San Bernardino, 11:30 a.m.

No longer available for requests:
Thursday, March 29  Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, 3:30 p.m. - Tour is full
Thursday, April 5  Animation Research Library, Glendale 2:00 p.m. - Tour is full

Themed Entertainment Association

TEA logo

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.

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Career Day 2018

Saturday, March 3

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.

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College Day 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017
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 2016 event schedule and description here.

The following schools will have representatives at our 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 . Public University. Fullerton, CA
Cleveland Institute of Art. Private Art College. Cleveland, OH
College for Creative Studies. Private Art College. Detroit, MI
Columbus College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Columbus, OH
Cornish College of the Arts. Private Art College. Seattle, WA
Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Public Art College. Vancouver BC, Canada
Kansas City Art Institute. Private Art College. Kansas City, MO
Laguna College of Art & 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
Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Private Art College. Minneapolis, MN
Oregon College of Art and Craft. Private Art College. Portland, OR.
Otis College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Northwest College of Art. Private Art College. Portland, OR
Parsons the New School for Design. Private Art College. New York, NY
Ringling College of Art and Design. Private Art College. Trail Sarasota, FL
San Francisco Art Institute. Private Art College. San Francisco, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Private Art College. Chicago, IL
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Private Art College. Boston, MA
School of Visual Arts. Private Art College. New York City, NY
Southern California Institiute of Architecture. Private Architecture School. Los Angeles, CA
UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. 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
California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA). Public summer art program. Valencia, CA


Examples of College Day Workshops and Seminars

  • Financial Aid 101
  • Applying for Contests and Scholarships
  • Self-Directed Collge Programs
  • How to photograph your artwork
  • How to apply to Cal State and UC schools
  • Writing a great college essay
  • Portfolio Development
  • Choosing the right college
  • Transferring from community college to a four year school
  • Ryman Arts Alumni Panel - what is college really like?


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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.

College Newsletters


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"

New York Times article on Portfolio Preparation

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Scholarship and Financial Aid presentation by Jessica Pashkow

Financial Aid presentation from Ryman Arts College Day

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.

FinAid is a general financial aid search and information site. - English - Spanish


LA Cash for College


Scholarship Experts

Grants and Scholarship for Art Students


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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 [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.

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