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Nossi College of Art

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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

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5615th for the average student loan amount.
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Additional School Information

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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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Madison, TN 37115
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population35,192 (35,192 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,605 (2.23 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,188
Families8,729 (2.89 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4705

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2584th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $14,100 $14,100 $14,100
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,100 $16,100 $16,100
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,700 $24,700 $24,700
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,300 $19,300 $19,300

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $14,200(N/C) $14,200(N/C) $14,200(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $700(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$100
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 209 (102 male / 107 female)
Admitted 127 (60 male / 67 female)
Admission rate 61%
First-time Enrollment 65 (28 male / 37 female)
FT Enrollment 65 (28 male / 37 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment279

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 13 76 1 90
Commercial Photography 5 33 1 39
Digital Arts 4 12 16
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 2 15 17
Graphic Design 1 11 12
Illustration 1 5 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2280th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,000 ($60,000 male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 31
FT Faculty Ratio 0.0 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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