Congrats to our Fall 2016 Semester Award Winners

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

By the time seniors reach graduation, they have built more than a creative portfolio, they have also built their confidence and their client base. Nossi College of Art honored students exuding effort and academic achievement during their Fall Semester Award Show. Each semester Nossi College of Art honors awards in the following categories: Class Participation Award, Excellent Student Award, Most Improved, Most Creative, Academic All Star, Ambassador Award, Perseverance Award and Talent Discovery. Students are nominated by adjunct faculty members who, in addition to teaching the creative arts at Nossi College, live it every day in their professional, creative careers. Many of the students winning semester awards are also involved in Nossi’s All Access Office, designed to give students additional exposure in Nashville’s music, fashion, non-profit and entertainment industries through projects, networking events and student groups.  The following students won awards this semester: Class Participation: Timothy Burwell – Illustration Hayley Colburn – Photography Excellent Student: Ryne Anderson – Illustration Kim Cilluffo – Photography Jessica Spencer – Illustration Most Improved: Karen Hulsey – Graphic Design Amy Watts – Graphic Design Most Creative: Kayla Kossajda – Illustration Katherine Seghers – Photography Ambassador: Michelle Donovan – Photography Tyler Cowan – Graphic Design Perseverance: Antonio Pillow – Illustration Academic All-Star: Bruce Bow – Photography Kayla Kossajda – Illustration Suzannah Rominger – Interactive Design Katherine Seghers – Photography Kevin Steward – Graphic Design Tina Williams – Photography and Videography Talent Discovery: Kayla Kossajda – Illustration Kevin Steward – Graphic Design Katherine Seghers – Photography Images…

For Graphic Design Coordinator Michael Kristof, Communication is the Key

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  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…

Hands-On Learning Versus Learning Online

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

When is it best to take an online class versus a class on campus? You have probably seen or heard lots advertisements for online classes and online degrees, making your choice harder. Before making a decision about where you earn your creative degree, consider why learning at Nossi College of Art can have a greater impact on your professional career than an online education. At Nossi, you spend your first day of class meeting your instructors and learning about their professional, creative lives in Middle Tennessee. Connect with classmates who share your interests, passions and creative gifts. As the semester progresses, you will collaborate with students in class as well as with students in other programs, learning about all creative fields and how they can benefit your professional career.   Nossi’s classrooms are interactive environments providing you with critiques for artwork, discussions on client relations, debates on methodologies and advice for pricing your work. There is no better way to learn these skills than in person.   So when is it beneficial to learn online? Nossi offers general education courses within an online classroom, so you don’t always have to commute to campus. This online function for general education courses helps fit class into your already busy schedule.  It is your decision to learn online or in person. We understand it can be difficult to work a full-time job, go to school and balance your life – but there is a way! Over 300 students do it every year with Nossi….

Fulbright Scholarship Foundation Recognizes Nossi

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In the fall of 2016, Nossi College of Art was proud to be accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1945 with the help of Senator J. Williams Fulbright and President Harry Truman, The Fulbright Scholar Program provides an International Academic Exchange to promote a more peaceful and a prosperous world. There are 155 nations who currently participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program. This legislation increases the international understanding between the United States and foreign nations while focusing on environmental issues, food security, public health, education and other challenges requiring innovative and creative ways to break down barriers and transcend borders between nations. The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It provides grants to faculty and administrators of institutions of higher learning all around the world. One of its purposes is to advance understanding among people from different countries. Through professional development and international engagement, scholars are encouraged to participate in seminars and conferences and learn from other scholars across the globe. Dr. Byron Edwards, the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nossi College of Art, is the Fulbright Liaison. He is one of approximately 1,700 Fulbright Liaisons around the world. Edwards commented, “Our faculty members consist of Creatives. It is my hope that they will be able to contribute to the success of the Fulbright Scholar Program by using their creative talents to enhance international understanding and appreciation for all cultures.” Nossi College encompasses Fulbright’s…

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