Fall Classes Commence, Congrats to our Scholarship Winners!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

The fall semester began, welcoming over a hundred new students to campus to work on their creative careers. Nossi College of Art honors a variety of scholarships to students who demonstrate both academic and creative excellence. This year 20 students were awarded over $88,000 in two scholarships, the Mahtaban and Presidential Scholarships. The Mahtaban Scholarship focuses on the areas of graphic design and illustration and was named in honor of founder Nossi Vatandoost’s mother. Scholarship recipient Stephanie Young said, “I greatly appreciate the time and effort everyone took to carefully read through each applicant’s essay and found something special in mine.” Achievement of this award demonstrates the student has shown an exceptional ability in art to their high school art instructor and/or counselor, as well as a promising future as a professional, commercial artist. The Presidential Scholarship shows specifically that the student has developed an outstanding eye for photography or videography during high school. The selection process for both scholarships is rigorous, as students must provide an in-depth portfolio of their work, write a one-page essay and obtain a supporting letter of recommendation. Presidential recipient Cody Perry said, “This is an honor to win an award based on my portfolio of videos. Being able to build on this interest of mine is very exciting.” We want to congratulate this year’s winners, as they begin their exciting education here at Nossi College of Art: Madelyn Andersen of Station Camp High School Mahtaban Scholarship for Art and Nossi Hope Scholarship Brendan Barraza…

Nossi College Parties During Solar Eclipse

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

You can now join in on the party because the official Madison, Tenn., eclipse party will take place at Nossi College of Art on Monday, August 21 starting at 11:30 AM. With community support from Waddell and Reed, the Madtown Eclipse Viewing Party will be giving FREE lunches and solar eclipse glasses to the first 500 attendees to arrive. Please RSVP and invite friends here! To make the event even more special, Madtown 360 is coordinating with Nossi College to provide a unique experience for families to find a safe community close to home during this extraordinary event. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Nossi College of Art,” said David McMurry of NorthshoreMMG and Madtown 360. “As a local digital marketing company, we have long had a deep respect for the creative language and team at Nossi. As the local Madison small business merchants association, we look forward to joining with the community for this once in a lifetime event.”  In addition to providing lunch and glasses (thanks, Chad and Waddell and Reed!), locals will get to enjoy access to Nossi’s expansive photo studio for a photo-booth style commemorative picture with friends and family. An adjunct photography instructor will be capturing the entire eclipse in video and stills with special filters made to photograph the intense light of the sun. This eclipse image will be super imposed on the commemorative photos. Waddell and Reed’s Chad Richards will be presenting a short demonstration about the eclipse including interesting facts…

Nossi’s Financial Aid Director Selected!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Finding the best option to afford college can be one of the biggest hurdles students face when wanting to earn their degree. Nossi College of Art’s founder, Ms. Nossi states, “Part of our philosophy is that no creative person, for financial reasons, be left behind in the pursuit of a college career.”Mary Kidd, Nossi’s Financial Aid Director, is following in the Ms. Nossi Philosophy because she was recently elected to serve on the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) board. This Association connects financial aid offices across the state to collaborate on ways to serve the needs of students and their families through financial assistance. The TASFAA was organized in 1967 to help financial aid administrators stay connected on industry trends, updates on new legislature, training material, provide input for surveys, pair mentors and mentees, and network with one another. They also stay assist Tennessee High Schools, informing administrators about TASFAA programs so students are more prepared and informed about their college finances. Mary Kidd was elected by her peers to serve on the TASFAA Board for one year, starting July 2017. Joining her will be 30 members representing colleges across the state. Her dedication to her office has not gone unnoticed by the Board either, as she was also selected to sit on the Board Conference Planning Committee. This annual conference takes place in April 2018 and will celebrate the TASFAA’s 50th Anniversary. Please help us in congratulating Mary Kidd on her nomination and her service to…

Alumni Stories: Solar Eclipse Edition

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Richard Norris, creator of Little Hawk Design and Apparel Company, is a Nossi College of Art graduate of Interactive Graphic Design. He is currently building his clientele so he can turn his freelance business into his full-time career.  Learn about his journey to become a designer and discover a cool project he is working on for the Solar Eclipse on August 21. Maybe you can get one before he sells out!  Why did you decide on a career in the interactive and graphic design industries?  I have always been an artist; I just never thought there was any sort of future or career in it for some reason. Art was always something I did as a hobby. It was not until my daughter began researching colleges and decided on becoming a designer herself before I realized, with extra training, I could make use of my artistic skills. I already pursued a degree in Computer Technology, so it only seemed natural to combine what I love to do with what I already do for a living, work on computers all day. What does it mean to be an interactive designer, how is it different from being a graphic designer?  Graphic design is art that has a strategic purpose, for example getting new customers or promoting brand awareness. Interactive design is art that also has a strategic purpose, however, its purpose is to prompt interaction with the consumer. Graphic design is a one-way street. You look at it and you are influenced…

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