Alumni Success

Once you’ve completed your degree, you’ll be ready to join Nashville’s booming job sectors. Plus, there’s never been a better time to enter the workforce. Forbes has labeled Tennessee as the number seven for the Best Place for Businesses while SmartAsset lists Nashville at the top for Best Cities for College Grads.

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The Nashville Chamber's Chief Workforce Development Officer Nancy Eisenbrandt says, “The Nashville region is an incredible magnet for talented, young graduates and the types of workers that new, growing industries seek. Considered a national hub for the Creative Class, the Nashville region’s educated workforce not only provides a strong talent pool for companies, but also bolsters the region’s diversity, vibrancy, artistic and musical essence, and provides a powerful competitive edge in technology and innovation.”

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Designed by Tyler Earles, 2013 Graduate

Alumni Success: The First Look, 2020 Spring Graduates Part 2

Designed by Kayla Swedberg and Harlie Stafford; Photographed by Kathleen Munkel The Spring 2020 class has seen more obstacles than the average college graduating class. This group of Nossi College of Art graduates made us especially proud by enduring the setbacks, moving forward, and striving for success. Special Shout Outs This Spring!- Two student AAF ADDY Award winners moved onto the District Competition.- Over 16% of students were awarded high academic honors and placed on the President's List (made at 4.0 GPA) or the Dean's List (make 3.7 GPA or higher) this semester.- Alpha Beta Kappa will honor 10 graduates ...

Alumni Success: The First Look, Congrats Spring 2020 Graduates – Part 1

When challenged to create the 2020 Senior Portfolio Show look, design students Harlie Stafford and Kayla Swedberg approached the assignment as professionals, and our Graphic and Web Design Chair, Mark Mabry, got to be their client. After weeks of brainstorming, design work, edits, re-designs, a photoshoot, and a meeting with the printer (shout out to Alphagraphics for your support!), our Spring grads experienced the same thing the class of 2020 around the world is - heartache on missing out on life's most significant moments.So, we wanted to unveil Harlie and Kayla's creative efforts and feature the 2020 Spring Graduates over ...

Alumni Success: Monica Waller, Producer and Storyteller

Monica Waller is a 2012 Nossi College of Art Photo and Video graduate. Starting in our associate program of photography, she graduated and moved into the Bachelor's of Photography & Film a few short years before we split the program into a Bachelor's in Commercial Photography and a Bachelor's in Video & Film. Learning about the finer points of photography before moving into the world of video allowed Monica to see two career paths while working with creative professionals from both fields. "The College introduced me to some awesomely creative instructors, one I still get to work with to this ...

Nossi Launches AI Experience using Facebook Messenger

Published Wednesday, April 14, 2020: Utilizing technology to communicate with Gen Z and younger audiences is extremely important to a successful college admissions process. When looking for an impactful way to speak with their audience, Nossi College of Art partnered with an interactive design graduate and Cloud Cycle, a digital marketing agency, to launch Phase 1 of Nossi College's Facebook Messenger Chatbot. Try out Nossi's Chat feature "As a former student, I was able to help highlight the best parts of Nossi College and the things future students would be interested in," said Shelby Carr, a Fall 2017 Interactive ...

Alumni Success: The View from Jonathan’s Video Camera

After graduation, Jonathan Wesenberg explored several opportunities in video and film until he landed at RFD-TV in 2016. Wesenberg graduated from Nossi College of Art with his bachelor's degree in 2015, and now he utilizes those creative skillsets every day doing what he loves - capturing and showcasing client needs into the perfect video. "This career has allowed me to expand my horizons. It's taken me to places I never thought I'd ever be able to go. " - Jonathan Wesenberg The Nossi College of Art Video team, headed by our Video Program Coordinator Hans Chilberg, started a unique project, ...

Alumni Update: Jose Semidei

After eight years, we caught back up with Jose Semidei to see what has changed in his life as an illustrator and designer. He still lives in the Nashville area, he has moved to Swiftwick, a small, local company to take on more responsibilities. After graduating, he decided to continue to give back his creative experiences by becoming a teacher at his Alma Mater - Nossi College of Art! Check out his illustration and design work and a few of his thoughts since we last connected in 2012! Check out Jose Semidei's Behance page. SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JOSE: Jose ...

Famous Drummer Speaks During Graduation

Nossi College of Art’s 2019 commencement speaker, Greg Upchurch, studied music at the University of Central Oklahoma before starting a storied career as a drummer. He famously worked with Chris Cornell in the late 90s for Chris' solo album and tour and Upchurch was the drumming backbone for other rock bands including Eleven, Puddle of Mudd and 3 Doors Down. The bands Upchurch has played with have sold over 20 million albums! He is currently part of 3 Doors Down, a multi-platinum group. They are currently touring across North America. Not only does 3 Doors Down tour the nation; they ...

Day in the Life of Nossi Alum, Vickie Lee

Written by : Sara Lamb For our second feature in the Nossi Alumni Series we're highlighting an Illustration professional.     Meet Vickie Lee, a 2015 Illustration graduate. She's the creator of a successful webcomic called DnDoggos. It's about her 4 real life dogs playing Dungeons and Dragons!   So, here's an inside look on what it's like to be your own boss in a creative field!     What are the first tasks of your work day? The first task of the day is feeding the dogs so that they let me actually start work! I usually check emails ...

Day in the Life Nossi Alum, Katherine Seghers

Written by : Sara Lamb As you advance in your college career you may get consumed in the world of academia, so it's beneficial to mentally prepare yourself for what it's actually like in the professional world. This may sound daunting, but have no fear because this is the first in a series of advice blog interviews with Nossi Alum creative professionals. Today, we have Katherine Seghers, a Nossi Photography Alum to break it down for you. Check out the inside look on what it's like to be Ohio State University's full-time publication photographer and photo coordinator in the Marketing Department ...

Congratulations to the 2018 Nossi Grads!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Nossi College of Art graduates. Saturday, June 2, was a celebration of all things creative as 42 Nossi College of Art students were awarded diplomas! Alumni photographer, JP Productions, captured the day as proud staff members, family and friends filled the room to honor our graduates. We are happy to announce eight received an Associates of Commercial Digital Photography, five Associates of Interactive Graphic Design, 14 Bachelor of Graphic Arts in Commercial Illustration, seven Bachelor of Graphic Arts in Graphic Design Media, five Bachelor of Graphic Arts in Commercial Photography, and three Bachelor of ...

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