Nossi College of Art is a small private college located in the city of Goodlettsville, approximately 20 minutes outside Nashville, Tennessee. Founded by Nossi Vatandoost in 1973, the school’s current 55,000 square foot campus was completed in 2010. The faculty is comprised of instructors who are experts and award winners within their field, providing students with real-world guidance from industry professionals.
Students can pursue associate’s degrees in commercial digital photography, and graphic art and design. Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in commercial illustration, graphic art and design, and digital photography and video.
Given its small private school nature, Nossi students get close attention from faculty members. The coursework starts with fundamentals. Students first learn the basic skills and theories of visual communication. Upon this foundation, the instructors are able to instill advanced, yet practical, techniques.
Faculty and staff are professionals that know exactly what it takes to get hired as a graphic designer, web designer, photographer or illustrator. Mentorship and regular interaction with such talented instructors not only helps prepare students for gainful employment, but has also helped to garner multiple awards for the school. Numerous Nossi students have been honored by the Annual Student ADDY Awards, which is the advertising community’s sole creative awards program.
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With professional schools, since the training is always so career specific, students want to know what their job prospects are upon graduation. Not to worry. The school offers the services of a full-time Job Placement Director. The job placement part of the Nossi College of Art Web site is constantly updated with recent placements and information for hiring companies. The Job Placement Director helps students to find full-time, part-time and free-lance work, as well as internships.
Applicants can complete an official application online, but the school requires that all potential students take a physical campus tour and meet with an admissions representative. This process gets students pre-acquainted with the school and puts them directly in touch with a member of administration.
Proof of high school diploma or GED is required in the form of official high school transcripts or a GED score report.
Students wishing to study graphic art and design or illustration must bring a portfolio of recent work to their interview. Portfolios are evaluated on the basis of skills and creativity as well as potential for professional competence.
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students can apply for federal financial assistance, which may include grants and student loans, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Various art and photography scholarships are also awarded by the college itself. These institutional awards are based on students’ portfolios, which are presented during the admissions interview.
The college’s fixed-tuition guarantee states that a student’s tuition will not increase from his or her enrollment in a program through graduation.
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Students have access to the library and its constantly growing collection of bound and digital volumes and periodical subscriptions. Whatever you can’t find in the library itself, you can probably find through Tennessee Electronic Library, which is an online database with nearly unlimited media and reference access. The library is equipped with wireless access, computers, printers, scanners, and audiovisual equipment.
Nossi is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). It is also authorized as a post-secondary institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
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