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) (coming in October)


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


Saturday, October 23

9:00  Introduction to college weekend

10:00  Parsons the New School for Design

10:00  Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts

10:00  Gnomon School

12:00  Woodbury University

12:00  University of Redlads

12:00  Art Academy of Cincinatti

3:00 California College of the Arts

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

4:00  Bennington College

4:00  Loyola Marymount University


Sunday, October 24

10:00  University of the Arts

10:00  College for Creative Studies

11:00  Columbus College of Art & Design

11:00  Alberta University of the Arts

11:00  Laguna College of Art & Design

12:00 Otis College of Art & Design, Portfolio Preparation and Financial Aid

2:00  San Francisco Art Institute

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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