What do you do all day? UXUI Web Designer

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Meet Brandi Leath, a Nossi College of Art graduate and current UX UI Web Designer at Parachute Media, a local ad agency focused on social media and digital marketing. Brandi graduated with an Interactive Graphic Design degree and is putting her skills and experience to use on a daily basis. Learn a little bit more about Brandi and what she does:   Why did you decide to become and Web & Interactive Designer?  In the 10 years of my accounting career, I constantly found myself working on UX/UI and graphic design projects within the companies I worked for. This was in addition to my accounting responsibilities. I would freelance web design projects and work after work just for fun. I know it sounds a bit silly, but this is literally what happened. I turned 30 and was watching the movie The Vow. The one where Rachel McAdams was in law school and decided to quit and go to art school instead. I left the movie feeling extremely overwhelmed by the same feeling. I wanted to make art, all the time, not just for fun. So I quit my job and two weeks later I signed up for art school at Nossi College. I wasn’t even sure if I had any talent; I just knew that’s what I wanted to do.   I’m so glad I listened to my gut feeling, it has worked out better than I ever imagined.   What does a typical day look like for you? The very…

Salary Trends This Year – Web, Interactive, UX, Graphic Design among Top Hot Jobs!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

************************************************************************   The Creative Group is a Nashville staffing agency specializing in connecting talented creative and tech professionals with companies needing to hire interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent. Not only have they been a big help to creative professionals in Nashville, they have also impacted the lives of many Nossi College of Art graduates. The best education an art school can provide in addition to their strong curriculum is experiences and interactions within the ‘real world.’  To help seniors transition from the status of student to the status of Creative Professional, Nossi’s Career Services office implemented programs to help with professional development.  Helping Nossi succeed with this programs, the Creative Group sends employees to Nossi’s Senior Show each semester. The Senior Show allows graduating students to show off their portfolios and network with friends, family and business professionals in Nashville. The following day is Mock Interviews, where companies interview graduating seniors as if they were applying for a real job. Seniors get multiple opportunities in one day to help them hone their interviews skills, talk about attire, discuss strengths of their portfolio and learn how to best communicate. Some of our students have even been hired on the spot that day. Each semester we can count on The Creative Group to participate and help shape our students into stronger professionals (If you are a creative company who want to help like The Creative Group, please email Dax Gomez). The Creative Group knows Nashville’s Creative Industry. As part of their research, they created…

Increase Professional Development with Nossi’s Photography Certificate

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Photography Certificate Program will help serious hobbyists and company employees Story by Les Kerr The new Photography Certificate Program at Nossi College of Art will help serious hobbyists or business owners and employees who need to take better pictures for their company web sites and social media pages. Starting this fall, the 16-week program will meet for one four-hour class each week at night. Professional photography instructors will utilize Nossi’s facilities to teach camera functions, lighting techniques, studio etiquette and software programs for postproduction needs. “It’s going to be fun, intensive and we’re going to be moving fast,” said Nossi Photography Coordinator Tom Stanford. “We anticipate having very motivated students who want to come in and, in four short months, really improve their skill sets.” A major advantage for certificate students will be access to Nossi’s 2,500 square foot photo studio, the largest instructional studio in the southeast. They will also receive focused instruction to process their work in a professional setting. The course will be structured in segments that will include some beginning photography, software instruction, advanced photography and cataloging.     “The idea is to shoot a little bit, learn about how to process those images, shoot more sophisticated stuff, and then learn how to do post-production in the Adobe programs Photoshop and Lightroom,” Stanford said. “Lightroom allows you to organize your photos in a logical way. It also allows you to make changes on photographs and, at any time in the future, go back and undo those…

Spring Semester Award Winners

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Photos take by Nossi College of Art Student, Jason Lyell This spring, 41 students were nominated in seven award categories at Nossi College of Art’s Open House featuring the Senior Show. From Most Improved to Most Creative, these awards, presented at the end of each semester, highlight successes from the student body. Nossi College’s adjunct faculty members and select staff members help nominate students who excelled throughout the semester. “I’m honored to be part of the nominating class each semester because I am always impressed with the level of work our students are producing and the commitment they have to their craft,” said Libby Funke, Student Activities Director at Nossi College. The award ceremony takes place after the Senior Show. Winners are announced in the following categories: Most Creative, Class Participation, Most Improved, Ambassador, Academic All Star and Talent Discovery. Academic All Star and Talent Discovery are awards reserved only for graduating seniors. The student with the highest GPA in each program earn Academic All Star while one student, considered “best of the best” among Nossi’s most creative students is picked for Talent Discovery and presented with a $400 prize. Class Participation Susan Birchfield of Milton, Tenn and Audrey Hale of Nashville Most Improved Ashleigh McBride of Glasgow, Ky and Hector Mendoza of Clarksville, Tenn Excellent Student Suzan Ahmed of Richmond, Va., and Kayla Crumbley of Nashville Ambassador Award Sean Williams of Nashville and Angela Everett of Hendersonville Most Creative Joseph Ebanks of Nashville and Michael Gribble of Hendersonville Academic…

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