College & Career Resources

Career and college information and events for artists:



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
Application tips for performance and visual arts students.

Portfolio Prep
New York Times article on Portfolio Preparation

College Information for Deferred Action and/or Undocumented Students:
DACA Eligible Scholarships 

A pdf list of scholarships that Deferred Action students are eligible to apply for

Undocumented Student Guide [pdf 20 pages]
A guidebook full of college planning information for undocumented students.
A comprehensive website for the college-going undocumented student

The College and Financial Aid Guide for AB540 Students [pdf 52 pages]
Created by USC Rossier School of Education

Dream Activist
Information about the Dream Act and how you can take action

Tips for AB540 Students Transferring to the CSU System

How to Photograph Your Artwork

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:

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

Scholarship Guide
A 60-page pdf listing scholarships, organized by the month they are due.

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College Day

College Day 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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.

Special seminars and workshops for Ryman Arts students and parents:

11:00 – 11:45      Workshop: Applying for scholarships and contests
11:00 – 11:45      Seminar: All About Financial Aid, led by Michaela Matsumoto, Financial Aid Counselor, Otis College of Art and Design
12:00 – 12:45      Workshop:  It’s never too late: A start-up college workshop for seniors
12:00 – 12:45      Seminar: Choosing the College That's Right for You, led by Brooke Randolph, Director of Admissions, Otis College of Art and Design
1:00 – 1:45          Workshop:  University 101: What's all this about College?
1:00 – 1:45          Seminar: All About Financial Aid (repeat of the 11:00 seminar)

Representatives from the following schools will be on hand to review artwork and discuss their art programs from 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Please follow the links to each school, to decide which ones may be a good match for you, and prepare any questions you have for the representatives ahead of time.

Art Center College of Design. Private Art College. Pasadena, CA.
California College of the Arts . Private Art College. Oakland, CA
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Private Art College. Valencia, CA.
California State University, Fullerton . Public University. Fullerton, CA.
Chapman University. Private University. Orange, CA
Cornish College of the Arts. Private Art College. Seattle, WA.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Private Applied Arts & Creative Business School. Los Angeles, CA.
Laguna College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Laguna Beach, CA.
Maryland Institute College of Art. Private Art College. Baltimore, MD.
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 City, NY.
San Francisco Art Institute . Private Art College. San Francisco, CA.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Private Art College. Boston, MA.
Savannah College of Art and Design. Private Art College. Savannah, GA.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Private Art College. Chicago, IL.
UCLA School of Art and Architecture. Public University. Los Angeles, CA.
Yukon School of Visual Arts. Private Art College. Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.

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:

Otis Continuing Education. Studio art classes and summer art camp. Los Angeles, CA.
The Oxbow School. Private Arts High School. Napa, CA.

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Career Programs & Tours

Ryman Arts Career Program 2014 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 Ryman Arts alumni, who must submit a tour sign-up form to participate. Contact Rebecca at the Ryman Arts office at (213) 629-2787 if you have any questions or need further information.

April 3, 2:00 p.m. Disney Animation Research Library, Glendale
April 10, 10:30 a.m. Walt Disney Animation Studios, Burbank
April 15, 2:30 p.m. Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park
April 15, 3:00 p.m. Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale
April 16, 12:00 p.m. Garner Holt Productions, San Bernardino

Walt Disney Imagineering. This tour is a special opportunity to go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Imagineering to see how a team of artists, engineers, builders, and dreamers develop new theme parks, rides, and other “experiences” for Disney parks and resorts. Tour limited to 40 students and alumni.

Knott's Berry Farm is a 160-acre theme park in Buena Park, California, owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The park has a well-rounded roster of roller coasters, family rides, children’s rides, water rides, and historical rides. There are 40 rides with plans to expand in the future. The theme park sits on the site of a former berry farm established by Walter Knott and his family. This tour, led by the designers themselves, will take participants behind the scenes to see how the theme park is designed. After the conclusion of the tour, students may go in to the theme park on their own.

Disney Animation Research Library. This tour is an extraordinary opportunity to take a look into the history of Walt Disney animation. The Animation Research Library conserves and protects the artistic heritage of the Disney Animation Studios and ensures the ability of the Walt Disney Company to use the collection “in-house” as a creative resource for brand enhancement, product development, and inspiration. Tour limited to 12 students and alumni.

Garner Holt Productions, Inc. is entering its fourth decade as the premiere company known worldwide for the design and manufacture of outstanding animatronics, museum-quality figures, show action equipment, special effects, and sets and scenery, in addition to world-class attraction and exhibit design and master planning. The company’s recognitions include a dozen of the prestigious THEA Awards presented by the Themed Entertainment Association for excellence in themed entertainment and educational projects. 

GHP is the primary vendor of animatronics for the Walt Disney Company and a key vendor for many of the world’s entertainment, recreational, shopping and dining, and educational leaders. For more information about our company, please visit Tour limited to 22 students and alumni.

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

Career Day: March 1, 2014 at Mihaylo Hall, Cal State Fullerton. 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Key Speaker: Joe Lanzisero, Creative Portfolio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
With more than three decades of Disney experience, Joe Lanzisero is well equipped for his role as creative executive in charge of Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line projects for Walt Disney Imagineering. Working with teams of artists, writers, architects and engineers, he serves as the eyes and artistic conscience of a project from conception through completion.

Activity: Resume writing workshop

Information: The many options and opportunities for a career in the arts.

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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

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