Nossi Students Capture CMAFest 2017

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Each year, Nossi College of Art submits students’ concert photography portfolios to the Country Music Association hoping to be selected to capture CMA Fest in person as official, credentialed photographers. That’s right, Nossi photo students have shared the stage with Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes and have portfolio images to prove it! The CMA is selective in who attends each year and selects only a handful of college and university students for the CMA Award of Merit team based on their portfolios. Luckily, for Nossi College student, we have connected with music venues across town to act as their ‘house photographers’ to capture concerts throughout Music City. These opportunities enable our music photographers to experience a variety of music genres while working through the different lighting (or lack of lighting) situations. Every concert Nossi photographers capture gets them one step closer to a portfolio that qualifies them to shoot CMA Fest using Nossi All Access. Nossi has even created a student group for music industry interests called NossiMICs (Music Industry Club). We partner with local groups like the Country Music Association and Lightning 100, Nashville local radio station. Once students are selected for CMA Award of Merit team, they attend several meetings with CMA’s Creative staff to prepare for shooting all four days and nights of the June festival, shooting alongside the industry’s best. Students are given a map of the event, and they walk the festival grounds with CMA staff before the festival begins. Important locations and…

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…

Mock Interviews

Graduating Spring 2017 Seniors will be working with over a dozen companies from Middle Tennessee to work on strengthening their interview skills and listening to feedback on portfolios from influential, creative professionals. This direct approach to interviewing is a great way for students to understand basic skills on what to wear, how to present and feel confident and how to write and update resumes and cover letters. Are you a business who wants to get involved This direct approach to interviewing is a great way for students to understand basic skills on what to wear, how to present and feel confident and how to write and update resumes and cover letters. Are you a business who wants to get involved on this process? Reach out to Dax Gomez, Career Services Director at Nossi College of Art, via email – jobplacement@nossi.edu. 

For Graphic Design Coordinator Michael Kristof, Communication is the Key

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

  Story by Les Kerr Award-winning designer Michael Kristof brings real-world knowledge of the design field to his new position as Graphic Design Coordinator at Nossi College of Art. As an experienced practitioner in the world of graphic design, he knows how important passion for a craft is to motivate those who want to learn, and he is encouraged by the enthusiasm he has found among Nossi College students. “I do my best to impress upon the students that they need to apply themselves,” said Michael. “They are here because they have a passion for what they are doing. They want to learn and understand. Sometimes, the exploring process can intimidate people. It’s important to provide a safe place for them to experiment, make mistakes and realize that all of that is part of the learning process.” Technology also plays a part in consistently getting information to students, according to the new coordinator. Michael says students and teachers are benefiting from programs that allow curriculum and assignments to be posted online. Software shows exactly what is coming up in course content and allows more immediate access to instructors. “Students are able to see what is expected week by week,” Michael said. “Assignments are posted in an easily understandable format. Instructors can also e-mail content and tips to students.” In addition to student enthusiasm, Michael is encouraged by the dedication of the college’s leadership. “This is a great environment and the staff is outstanding,” he said. “I was really impressed when Cyrus…

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