College & Career Resources

Career and college information and events for artists:


College Day 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016
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.

The schools that will have representatives on site this year are:

Art Center College of Design. Private Art College. Pasadena, CA
Bennington College. Liberal Arts College. Bennington, VT
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
Columbus College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Columbus, OH
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Private Applied Arts & Creative Business School. Los Angeles, CA
Haverford College. Liberal Arts College. Haverford, PA
Laguna College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Laguna Beach, CA
Maryland Institute College of Art. Private Art College. Baltimore, MD
Otis College of Art & Design. Private Art College. Los Angeles, CA
Parsons the New School for Design. Private Art College. New York, NY
Pomona College. Liberal Arts College. Claremont, CA

Ringling College of Art and Design. Private Art College. Trail Sarasota, FL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Private Art College. Chicago, IL
Southern California Institiute of Architecture. Private Architecture School. Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Department of Art. Public University. Los Angeles, CA
Woodbury University. Liberal Arts School. Burbank, CA

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:

National YoungArts Foundation. National contest for talented youth
Otis Pre-College Programs. Studio art classes and summer art camp. Los Angeles, CA
The Oxbow School. Private Arts High School. Napa, CA


College Day Workshops and Seminars

  • Financial Aid 101. 11:00 a.m. and repeated at 1:00 p.m.
  • Applying for Contests and Scholarships. 12:00
  • Being an artistic student at a liberal arts college or university. 12:00
  • How to photograph your artwork. Part 1 at 11:00, Part 2 at 12:00
  • What is college life really like? 1:00
  • How to apply to Cal States and UCs 12:00
  • Writing a great college essay 1:00
  • Parent Discussion Group (with breakout groups by language in English, Spanish and Korean) 1:00


College Presentations

Individual schools will be making short presentations and hosting Q&A sessions. 11:00 - 1:00


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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:

College Preparation for Art Students:

National Association for College Admission Counseling 
Application tips for performance and visual arts students.

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

College Information for Deferred Action and/or Undocumented Students:
DACA Eligible Scholarships
A comprehensive website for the college-going undocumented student

The College and Financial Aid Guide for AB540 Students

Tips for AB540 Students Transferring to the CSU System

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:

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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Career Programs & Tours


Ryman Arts Career Program 2016 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 sign up for tours by submitting this form to Rebecca.

March 22, Titmouse Animation Studios, Hollywood. 11:00 a.m.
March 22, The studios of Iva Gueorguieva and Jonesy. 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to join this tour.
March 23, Disney Television Animation, Burbank - TOUR IS FULL
March 24, Disney Animation Research Library, Glendale - TOUR IS FULL
March 24, Thinkwell Group, Los Angeles. 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to join this tour.
March 25, DreamWorks Animation, Glendale - TOUR IS FULL
March 29, The Hettema Group, Pasadena. 1:00 p.m.
March 29, GES, Glendale - TOUR IS FULL
March 30, The Fowler Museum, UCLA Campus. 12:45 p.m. Parents are welcome to join this tour.
March 30, saltfineart, Laguna Beach. 2:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to join this tour.
March 31, Garner Holt Productions, Inc, San Bernardino. 12:00 p.m.
April 1, Ryman Arts & Maker City, Downtown Los Angeles. 10:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to join this tour.
April 1, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale - TOUR IS FULL


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 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

And if you're looking for a job in the arts, read this really useful blog post from New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Career Day 2016

Saturday, February 27

11:00 a.m. -  2:30 p.m.

Visual Arts Department
California State University, Fullerton

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

As a Ryman Arts student, you should know all the possibilities that are open to you, think about what type of career you might want to have, and how you might start to get there.

At Career Day, meet Ryman Arts alumni now working in the arts will be speaking with students in small groups about their career arc from Ryman Arts student to current arts professional. Additionally, there will be hands-on workshops on resume and cover letter writing.

During each session, you can choose which speaker or hands-on workshop to attend. Choose what interests you!


11:00 - 11:30    Career Day kick-off in the Auditorium
11:30 - 12:15     Session One
12:15 – 1:00     Session Two
1:00 – 1:15       Snack Break
1:15 – 2:00       Session Three
2:00 – 2:30      Career Day wrap-up in the Auditorium


Adrianna Arambula is currently the Creative Director for Justice Design Group - a Los Angeles based Architectural Lighting Manufacturer. Recently, she has worked as an Architectural Designer for L.A. area nightclubs and restaurants as well as an Interior Designer for HGTV. Adrianna graduated from Ryman Arts in 2004.

Jojo Leovonchiong works in Design Engineering at Garner Holt Productions, the world’s largest designer and fabricator of animatronics. In 2013, she earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.  Jojo graduated from Ryman Arts in 2008.

Zack Mendoza  works as a color & trend designer for Skechers Performance in Manhattan beach, where he not only sets the color and material trends for future seasons, but also works in a team to develop new shoe designs for the Skechers brand. Zack is also a freelance illustrator and has had his work displayed in multiple art shows throughout Southern California , and received his Bachelors in Illustration Design from ArtCenter College of Design in August of 2015. Zack graduated from Ryman Arts in 2011

Laura Young is the Director for Enrollment Management at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. She has been lecturing since 2006 about visual and performing arts skills applications in economic markets.  Laura graduated from Ryman Arts in 1997.

Workshops: Writing a resume and cover letter, and the six steps of the creative process.

Parking is free at Cal State Fullerton on the weekends
Students and families can take the Ryman Arts bus from Otis to Fullerton for this event. The bus leaves Otis at 10:00 a.m.

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