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…

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…

UX UI Design, Nossi’s Web Design Certificate

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Les Kerr Being work force ready in any field is advantageous for those seeking employment and for employers seeking new hires who can hit the ground running. Nossi College of Art’s new User Experience and User Interface Design (UX/UI) Certificate will allow Middle Tennesseans to quickly get up to speed when they enter the modern work force. UX/UI design is a necessity to create a better digital relationship between customers and clients. Nossi’s certificate allows students to build upon their professional development, making more desirable job recruits on a convenient, sixteen-week schedule. In describing User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI), Paul Edoho-Eket, Web and Interactive Program Manager at Nossi, said it helps people use technology easier. That results in the user desiring to stay on a company’s website, potentially netting more revenue, interaction and customer satisfaction. “If you can make a more usable product, the customer’s going to be happy and [a business will] get more customers and everybody wins,” said Edoho-Eket. “More and more, the term UX/UI is appearing on job sites. Employers realize how important it is.” The interest and need of UX/UI designers by local employers and the tech community played an integral role in Nossi’s decision to offer this certificate. Nashville is already a center for technology. The area comprised of Nashville, Davidson County, Murfreesboro and Franklin, TN is among the top ten job markets for new college graduates, according to ZipRecruiter. More tech industries and people interested in tech careers are moving…

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