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.

“The Nashville region is defined by a diverse economy, low costs of doing business, a creative culture and a well-educated population,” says Courtney Ross, Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Chamber.“

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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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 ...

Increase Professional Development with Nossi’s Photography Certificate

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 14-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 ...

Going for BROKE; Introducing a New Comic Series

Drake Denada "Epic" joins Mathias Bartholomew Santiago "Omega" as the perfect anti-heroes, two broke ‘average Joes’ challenging themselves to become paid, professional heroes. If you have ever struggled to pay a bill in college, then you know the struggle of Broke Comic. Nossi College joins Antonio Flores II and Kenneth Brian Moore, the creators of Broke Comic. Thanks to the Memphis Comic Expo, Antonio and Kenneth were able to secure a publishing deal and Broke will be available for sale in the fall of 2018. Click here to stay up to date!  How did you come up with the idea? ...

Developing a Strong Brand for Artists and Musicians

Michelle Donovan is a Photography Graduate at Nossi College from Art and an active alumni member who still participates in Kappa Pi Eta Tau, Nossi's Fashion Group and the NossiMICs - Music Industry Club. She attended a Nashville American Marketing Association 'Entertainment and Sports Marketing" workshop to "Learn insights and explore how to develop a strong brand for rising artists and musicians. From dive bars to the famous Grand Ole Opry stage, every breakthrough artist has a story to tell. In an industry saturated with incredible talent, it is crucial to one's success to develop a marketing plan."  Written by ...

Alumni Success: Discovering Design

Meet Tyson Davis - a Graphic Design Media graduate of Nossi College of Art. Tyson, excelling in all things print and design, masters the process of taking an idea from concept to finished print on paper; an undeniable talent that he's been professionally honing for over 5 years. Why did you decide to become a graphic designer?  Becoming a graphic designer was something that I had no clue people actually did when I was a kid. I, like most people, see ads of all types every day and never thought that someone had to build and create them. I grew up in ...

Student and Graduate Collaborate to Achieve Recognition in Adobe Creative Jam

Story By Les Kerr Once the competition began, all competitors had just three and a half hours to design their prototypes. The community spirit of Nossi College of Art was exemplified in the recent collaboration between a current student, Cory Harkins*, and a graduate, Brandi Leath. A project created by the two was chosen a Judge’s Award Second Place UX Design winner of the prestigious and highly competitive Adobe Creative Jam in Nashville. The Jam is a two-part design experience in which design duos compete in a tournament utilizing Creative Cloud, according to Liz Schmidt, Adobe’s Senior Creative Manager. Cory ...

Career Conversation with Bohan Advertising Agency

Bohan is an award-winning advertising agency located in Nashville, Tenn., focusing on local and national clients ranging in a variety of industries. Two members of their team visited Nossi College of Art to host a Career Conversation, highlighting frequently asked questions including: What is advertising? How does an ad agency work? Where would I fit in? Why should women, especially women of color, pursue a career in advertising? While here, they also encouraged students to participate in Ad Women for All Women (AWFAW), a diversity and inclusion initiative launched in 2016 by bohan. This event helps to address the lack of ...

Alumni Success Stories: From Photographer to Marketing Manager

Beth Lowary graduated from Nossi College of Art with her Associate Degree in Commercial Photography in 2007. After graduation, Beth worked at a local newspaper and formed a lasting connection with Austin Peay State University. When she discovered Austin Peay had a lead University Photographer position available, she immediately applied because it represented an opportunity to blend her passion for photojournalism with the call to create more editorial and commercial marketing content. (Better hours and benefits also didn’t hurt! 😊) As an Austin Peay photographer, Beth began capturing photos  - from events and sports to portraits of students, faculty and staff – for the public ...

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