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College Resources

Below 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:
Ryman Arts' Guide to Choosing a College [pdf 40kb]

FastWeb Guide to College Search and Admission

Mapping Your Future
This site provides free, web-based college, financial aid, career and financial literacy information and services.

Match College is a college search website, with additional related career information.

QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges.

TELACU Education Foundation provides college scholarships and mentoring to students in underserved communities in California. They have a great list of online college preparation resources here: http://telacu.com/site/en/home/education/resources.html.

College Prep 101. General college preparation information.

Southern California College Access Network. General college preparation information and resources for students, parents and counselors.

College Visits Database
A searchable database of college visit days. If you are low-income you may be eligible to be flown in to visit a school, contact the school's campus representative for details.

College preparation and resource information for students from middle school through 12th grade, focused on the low-income student. Information also available in Spanish.

College Preparation for Art Students:
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Application tips for performance and visual arts students.

National Portfolio Day
A national program for high school artists looking to apply to art programs.
Sun, Jan 19, 2013 : Otis College of Art & Design.
12:00pm - 4:00pm

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:
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.

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 lets you search for scholarships specifically for Latino students.

http://www.finaid.org/ - English
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/spanish.phtml - Spanish
FinAid is a general financial aid search and information site.




Grants and Scholarship for Art Students

Scholarship Guide
A 53-page pdf listing scholarships, organized by the month they are due


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.

During class time that day, Ryman Arts students will attend our College Fair. Representatives from schools will be on hand to review artwork and discuss their art programs.

We will also have special seminars for students and parents addressing financing your college education, and how to apply for college. The seminars will be:
11:00 - 11:45 Scholarships & Financial Aid
12:00 - 12:45 Workshop for 12th graders who have not started applying to college yet
1:00 - 1:45 Scholarships & Financial Aid (repeat of the 11:00 seminar)

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.
If you have any questions about the event, contact Rebecca at the office: (213) 629-2787.

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.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Private Art College. Philadelphia, PA.
Rio Hondo Community College. Public Community College. Whittier, CA.
San Francisco Art Institute . Private Art College. San Francisco, CA.
Savannah College of Art and Design. Private Art College. Savannah, GA.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Private Art College. Chicago, IL.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Private Art College. Boston, MA.
UCLA School of Art and Architecture. Public University. Los Angeles, CA.
University of Southern California. Private University. Los Angeles, CA.
Woodbury University. Private University. Burbank, 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:

California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). Summer art camp. Valencia, CA.
Otis Continuing Education. Studio art classes and summer art camp. Los Angeles, CA.
The Oxbow School
. Private Arts High School. Napa, CA.




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 for yourself 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 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

More tours to be added, check back to this page.

Desciptions of Participating Companies:

Walt Disney Imagineering. This tour is a special opportunity to go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Imagineering, seeing how new theme parks, rides, and other “experiences” for Disney parks and resorts are developed by a team of artists, engineers, builders and dreamers. 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 rides, water rides and historical rides totaling to 40 rides currently 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 will show behind the scenes in the designing of the theme park, lead by the designers themselves. After the conclusion of the tour, students may go in to the theme park on their own.

Animation Research Library. This tour is an extraordinary opportunity to take a look into the history of Walt Disney animation. Entrusted to conserve and protect the artistic heritage of Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Animation Research Library ensures the ability of the Walt Disney Company to utilize 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 more many of the world’s entertainment, recreational, shopping and dining, and educational leaders.  For more information about our company, please visit www.garnerholt.com. Tour limited to 22 students and alumni.



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 world wide.

The TEA provides the proper channels and opportunities to network, educate and help your business or career grow.


Career Event
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

All Ryman Arts Cal State Fullerton students will attend Career Day, and do not need to RSVP. Otis campus students, Ryman Arts alumni, and their families are encouraged to attend, and should RSVP to Rebecca at Ryman Arts. If Otis campus Ryman Arts students would like to be on the bus from Otis to Cal State Fullerton and back, they need to sign up with Rebecca by Monday, February 24.

Career 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
  • How to request a Letter of Recommendation
  • Internships listing


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