College & Career Resources

Ryman Arts College Week

Ryman Arts College Week is a free, online college preparation event for high school students, recent high school graduates, and their families, taking place from July 25 – 31, 2021. The week is filled with presentations about college, virtual tours and information sessions from colleges, and interactive workshops. This event is open to everybody, and participants can attend as many sessions as they like. All times are PST. Schedule will be updated, check back for the latest updates. If you have any questions, please email Rebecca at You will receive the Zoom links for all presentations if you register for the event, link below:

Register for College Week HERE 

See Grid View of the Schedule here (PDF)


Sunday, July 25

California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) │ 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Take your arts education to the next level AND get college credit at the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). You will be immersed in creativity with 500 of your peers at our 4-week residential summer program for creative teens. 9th graders through 12th graders have the opportunity to explore their voices and improve their skills in visual arts, dance, film, music, theater, animation, and writing.
CSSSA has enabled thousands of arts students to attend college and find success in the creative industries. Need-based scholarships to CSSSA are awarded after acceptance and cover not only programs but room and board. CSSSA-exclusive college scholarships and partnerships are awarded each summer. Learn more about this transformative program from CSSSA's Director, Matthew Gallagher.


Monday, July 26

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA) │ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PAFA Virtual Tour & Presentation: Picture yourself at PAFA! The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts educates artists from around the world to be innovative makers and critical thinkers with a deep understanding of traditions and the ability to challenge conventions. Join us for a virtual tour of our stunning campus and to learn more about our academic programs!

Columbus College of Art │ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Learn all that an education at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) has to offer including incredible studio spaces, hands on curriculum, and more! You’ll learn about the value of an arts based education, emphasizing the return on investment students can discover when they choose to pursue their passion for making.

Illinois State University Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts │ 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Illinois State University will share our offerings about the personalized attention you will receive from the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts as you learn how to create your legacy in the areas of game design, interdisciplinary technologies, dance/theatre/music/art  teacher education and performance, music therapy, composition (new media and theory), studio arts (including printmaking and glass), graphic design, jazz, music business, music performance, film and digital media, production design and technology, and theatre studies. The presentation includes information about majors, scholarship opportunities, student life, career paths and living in Central Illinois as a creative!

Ryman Arts - What are the different types of colleges? │ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Rebecca Tuynman, Education Manager of Ryman Arts will explain the differences (and similarities) between community college, public university, private university, and art colleges.

Find a College that is the Best Fit for you! │ 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

*Two presentations, both from 5:00 – 6:00, the same presentation made in Spanish and English.
Come learn the 10 questions to think about when choosing a college that is the best fit for you.
Presented by Woodbury University.

Encuentra la Universidad que Mejor Adapte su Carrera │ 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Vamos explorar las 10 preguntas necesarias para encontrar la major universidad para ti.
Presentado por Woodbury University.


Tuesday, July 27

College for Creative Studies │ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

College for Creative Studies not only gives you the knowledge to become a great artist or designer, but also the experience to prove it through your work. Learn more about our majors, campus, and careers that come from earning a degree from CCS.

School of Visual Arts │ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Studying at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC gives students the creative tools and the professional networks they need to cultivate the artistic careers they deserve.
Fully located in Manhattan and comprised of more than 5,000 students and 36,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. Find your major at and learn more at

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) │ 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Information session covering CalArts’ visual arts programs in the Schools of Art and Film/Video—including BFA Programs in Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Media, Film/Video, Character Animation and Experimental Animation. Admissions representatives will be available to answer questions about our Programs, the application process and portfolio requirements.
This presentation will conclude with a Q&A especially for those interested in studying Animation at CalArts.

Alternative Ways to Educate Yourself in Animation │ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” A 45 min look at the abundance of opportunities for artists like you who are looking to have a career in animation for life.
Meet up with Tina Price, a 30 year animation professional formerly with Walt Disney Animation and founder of the Creative Talent Network that is host to the CTN animation eXpo now in its 13th year in Burbank CA.

Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation │ 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Gnomon presentation with cover information on careers for artists in games, animation and film industries. There will be an overview of our academic programs, how Gnomon maintains high industry placement services for our graduates and Gnomon's unique Admissions Art Mentorship process.
Presented by Jacob Kellar, Recruitment Assistant.

Ryman Arts - How to Interview Online for Internships │ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

An internship is a short-term work experience for students that introduces you to careers and organizations. This workshop will prepare you to apply for internships and features short practice interviews where you will meet with experienced professionals who will then share feedback and encouragement. This will help you feel more comfortable in a real interview. Learn how to present yourself well by building on your strengths, your eagerness to learn, and talk about the experience you do have even when you are just starting out (and think you don’t have much!) You will meet professionals who have been interns and now hire interns.
Presented by Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts.


Wednesday, July 28

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) │ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Admissions representative Sophia Belkin shares about the ways that a MICA education can benefit you! The presentation includes information about majors, facilities, student life, career paths and unique opportunities at MICA!

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design's (MIAD) │ 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Learn about the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design's programs and offerings along with how to develop your portfolio for college applications!

Cornish Collge of the Arts │ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Visual and Performing Art majors at Cornish College of the Arts.

University of the Arts │ 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join one of UArts Admissions Counselors for a deep dive into what our university has to offer. You'll hear about our alumni, programs, application process, and Philadelphia. You’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be a student here and an opportunity to ask questions.

California College of the Arts (CCA) │ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Meet California College of the Arts (CCA)! Located at the center of innovation and technology in the San Francisco Bay Area, CCA educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Offering 23 undergraduate programs (with five minors), students learn from faculty who are active artists and designers in the industry. Join us on Wednesday, July 28th at 2p.m. to learn more about CCA's curriculum, application process, portfolio requirements, and more!

UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture │ 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Learn more about applying to UCLA's visual arts majors that require a portfolio supplement (Art, Design Media Arts, Architectural Studies). Best approaches to the application process, and also coursework, double majoring, student life, any other questions about UCLA in general, etc. will be covered, and we'll have a nice long Q&A, too.

Portfolio Development Tips │ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome! Otis College of Art and Design shares our top portfolio development tips to help you navigate the art college admissions/scholarship process! Join us to see lots of examples of student work, what to emphasize and what to avoid when creating your portfolio, and tips for how to organize/curate your work. Learn about the majors Otis College offers and see some major-specific portfolio examples! To set up a one-on-one portfolio review with Otis Admissions to get specific feedback on your work, schedule an appointment here:

California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Foundation - Financial Aid 101 │ 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Financial Aid 101: Get help understanding the college financial aid process from the CSSSA Foundation's College Counselor. You'll learn how to apply for aid, what your award means, and how to communicate effectively with your financial aid office. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.


Thursday, July 29

Woodbury University │ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Get to know Woodbury University: Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers 23 undergraduate programs within our College of Liberal Arts, School of Architecture, School of Business, and School of Media Culture and Design.  
Woodbury students leave the University with hands-on experience, real-world connections, and a top-tier education. Internships are a graduation requirement for students, and more than 90 percent of our students get jobs in their chosen or applied field.
Join us to learn about Woodbury University's programs, admission requirements, and scholarships available.

Woodbury University - Animation and Game Art & Design │ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Animation and Game Art & Design: Interested in Animation and Game Art & Design?
Join us to learn about majoring in these programs at Woodbury University.

Pomona College │ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Established in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif., about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. We offer a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We’re home to a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Come learn more about Pomona and, specifically, about the art majors and opportunities available!

The Cooper Union │ 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Learn about The Cooper Union, including their curriculum, pre-college program, and application tips.

Studying Music in College │ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Are you a high school musician who is wondering about the different ways that you can pursue music in college? This workshop will cover the many types of music degrees that you can pursue in college as a major or minor, as well as information for those who want to continue their musical studies without a formal degree in the arts. This workshop is presented in partnership with The Harmony Project, a non-profit music organization that harnesses the transformative power of music to increase access to higher education

Bennington College │ 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bennington College is a progressive liberal arts college, the hub at which global opportunities converge, and a launching pad for careers of meaning. Our campus prepares leaders, intellectual change-makers, and artists by empowering them to shape their own education. Our alumni have won Emmy awards and Pulitzers, led councils at the United Nations, directed Xbox design for Microsoft, discovered breakthroughs in the sciences, and made waves in contemporary art, literature, dance, and theatre since our founding in 1932. Applicants are eligible for merit-based and need-based financial aid regardless of citizenship.

Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) │ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Listen to an LCAD Admissions Counselor give an audio/visual presentation that highlights campus life, the LCAD admissions process, portfolio development, and plenty of student work. Followed by a Q&A session with answers about art careers, pre-college summer programs, and scholarship opportunities

Creating a Drawing-Based Portfolio for Animation, Game Art, and Entertainment Design │ 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

How to showcase your best observational life drawing and classical figure drawing skills in a drawing-based portfolio. And how to use those skills to build the strongest character/expression/concept art pages for Animation, Game Art, and Entertainment Design.



Friday, July 30


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) │ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Greetings from RISD! Meet with Admissions Officer Isabelle Sanchez on to learn all about RISD. We'll cover academics, student life, application tips, and leave time for questions.

Afterwards, Isabelle will give one-on-one portfolio reviews. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback on your artwork. Portfolio reviews are limited to the first 10 rising seniors or transfer students to sign up during the session. Hope to see you there!

Parsons the New School for Design │ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) │ 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

A 30-45 minute presentation that gives students the opportunity to learn about art school, careers in the arts, preparing a portfolio for admission, see examples of student work and find out what the Minneapolis College of Art and Design has to offer.

Otis College Virtual Campus Tour │ 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join Otis College Student Ambassadors for a virtual tour of campus! Learn about the various programs and spaces, campus life, and ask any questions you have about what it's like to be a student at Otis College of Art and Design!

Art School vs. Majoring in Art at a University │ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Are you wondering what the difference would be to be a student in art school vs a student at a larger school, majoring in art? In this panel discussion, you will hear from two current art school students and two students majoring in art at big schools. These students, all graduates of the Ryman Arts program, will discuss their experiences and answer your questions.

Arts Experience + College Applications │ 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Did you know that creative skills rank among the top 3 deciding factors in college admissions? In this workshop, we'll discuss all the ways you can use your arts experience to enhance your college application and highlight your creative skills.
Presented by the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Foundation.


Saturday, July 31

ArtCenter College of Design - Exploring Creative Careers via an ArtCenter Education │ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Exploring Creative Careers via an ArtCenter Education: Learn more about our undergraduate programs of study, our approach to art and design education, faculty and connection to industry, the admissions application process, in addition to financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
The Virtual Information Session is approx. 45 minutes, with additional time allocated for Q&A. This is an exclusive event for Ryman Arts students and requires registration.
Presented by Tim Campos, Associate Vice President of Admissions.

ArtCenter Virtual Campus Tour │ 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join a member of the ArtCenter Admissions Staff and current student tour guide for a Live Virtual Campus Tour. The virtual tour will include an in-depth overview of both Hillside and South Campuses, highlighting the Student Gallery, studio spaces, labs, model shops, film and photography stages, and other unique maker spaces and facilities.
The Virtual Campus Tour is approx. 45 minutes, with additional time allocated for Q&A. This is an exclusive event for Ryman Arts students and requires registration.
Presented by Tim Campos, Associate Vice President of Admissions and Student Tour Guide James Street, an Entertainment Design major.

Ryman Arts – College Advice from a College Student │ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This presentation will give students informational tips regarding research on colleges as well as advice from college students and what they wished to have done when applying for college.
Presented by Ryman Arts alumna Stephanie Petteplace (Ryman ’16).


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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