College & Career Resources

Career and college information and events for artists:


College Day 2019

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

Special Event for all Ryman Arts students, alumni and their families. Download a pdf of the 2018 event schedule and description here, the 2019 schedule will be posted closer to the event.

The following schools will have representatives at College Day. More schools will be added, check back for the latest list.

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
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Private Art College. Milwaukee, WI
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
UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. Public University. Los Angeles, CA


2018 College Day Workshops and Seminars, check back here for the 2019 schedule

10:00 - 11:00

  • Transferring from community college to a four year school
  • Ryman Arts Alumni Panel - College Application Do's and Don'ts and What is college really like?

11:00 - 12:00

  • Financial Aid 101
  • First Generation College Students Discussion Group
  • Planning for Community College

12:00 - 1:00

  • How to Support Your Student Artist in the College Admissions Process

1:00 - 2:00

  • How to photograph your artwork
  • Portfolio Development
  • Financial Aid 101


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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.

General College Preparation:

  • Ryman Arts' Guide to Choosing a College [pdf 40kb]
  • College Board is a website that allows you to compare colleges, make college searches, and prepare students for the SAT, ACT, and other forms of test preparation.
  • Mapping Your Future This site provides free, web-based college, financial aid, career and financial literacy information and services.
  • U.S News - 10 Tips for Starting Your College Search is a guide that allows students to have a more personal idea of how to search for the best college of their choice.
  • PrepScholar gives informaiton of how to plan the college search step by step.
  • Niche is a helpful website for college information based on an academic, statistical, and social descriptions of college students attending the college.
  • Cappex provides information to approximate the student's chances of being accepted into their college of choice as well as it helps to find scholarships, search colleges, and even apply in one site.  
  • 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. Apply to the program to get started.
  • 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:
  • 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 Advice From a Ryman Alumna is a set of notes by Stephanie Petteplace, a Teaching Assistant, in which she explains from her experience the ten things that all high school students should do when applying to college.
  • Things Not to Do When Applying for College is a continuation of notes by Stephanie Petteplace that advises students on the mistakes that high school students make when applying to college and how to avoid them.

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

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Parent Assistance for Students Going to College:

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Career Programs & Tours

Ryman Arts Career Program 2019 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.

Below are locations where we are having tours this year. Check back on this page for an updated list, tours are still being added.

Garner Holt Productions, San Bernardino, April 15
The Hettema Group, Pasadena, April 16
Animation Research Library, Glendale, April 18 (tour is full)
Super 78 Studios, Silver Lake, April 23
Jovenville, Newport Beach, April 24
Getty Villa, Antiquities Department, Malibu, April 24
Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, April 24 (tour is full)
Elizabeth Turk Studios, Santa Ana, April 25
Titmouse Inc. Animation Studios, Hollywood, April 26 (tour is full)
Warner Brothers Studio Tours, Burbank, April 26


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Career Day 2019

Saturday, March 23
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Visual Arts Department
California State University, Fullerton

Ryman Arts students, parents and alumni all welcome to this free event!

Join Camille Eden, Manager, Recruitment, and Nicole Dial, School Relations, for an overview of Walt Disney Animation Studios' filmmaking process. The two will share the many approaches to curating a portfolio or demo reel, including examples of work from former interns and trainees.

Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films. Located in Burbank, Disney Animation continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Among the studio's timeless creations are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and the upcoming feature Frozen 2 in theaters November 2019.

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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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