College & Career Resources

Ryman Arts College Preparation Weekend

Ryman Arts College Week is a free, online college preparation event for high school students, recent high school graduates, and their families, taking place on October 23-24, 2021. The weekend 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 Preparation Weekend HERE 

See Grid View of the Schedule here (PDF) 


Recordings of sessions:
UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture
Studying Music in College


Saturday, October 23

9:00  What are the different types of colleges? and an introduction to college preparation weekend

9:00 ArtCenter College of Design (information session)

10:00  Parsons the New School for Design, New York City

10:00  Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

10:00  Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation, Hollywood

11:00 California State University, Fullerton, Department of Art

11:00 ArtCenter College of Design (portfolio development)

12:00  Woodbury University, Burbank

12:00  University of Redlands, College of Arts and Sciences

12:00  Art Academy of Cincinnati

1:00 Attending art school vs. majoring in art at a university (90 minute session)

3:00 School of Visual Arts, New York City

3:00 University of California, Irvine, Claire Trevor School for the Arts

3:00 School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston

4:00  Bennington College, Vermont

4:00  Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

4:00 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design


Sunday, October 24

9:00 College advice from a Ryman Arts Alumna

9:00 Rhode Island School of Design

10:00  University of the Arts, Philadelphia

10:00  College for Creative Studies, Detroit

10:00 California State University, Northridge, Art Department

11:00  Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio

11:00  Alberta University of the Arts, Canada

11:00  Laguna College of Art & Design

12:00 Otis College of Art & Design, Portfolio Preparation and Financial Aid (90 minute session)

2:00  San Francisco Art Institute

2:00 Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University, Portland

2:00 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia

3:00 California College of the Arts, Oakland

3:00 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore

3:00 Azusa Pacific University College of the Arts

4:00  University of California, Los Angeles, School of the Arts and Architecture


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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