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.”

Read more about Nashville's economic and job growth.

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Nashville Pride 2016

When you think of somewhere you are safe, somewhere you are accepted, and somewhere where you have infinite support and understanding, are these all in the same place? For many in the LGBT community, the annual Nashville Pride festival, is also a homecoming. Nashville Pride takes place in June of every year over two days, attendance is upward of 20,000 nashvillians and those visiting from other cities, all in celebration of LGBT community members and showing love to each other and uplifting spirits. Entertainment this year created a music festival energy but was extremely family oriented. Families, Married couples with ...

Starting the Journey with Journey's

This article was written by Nicky Drake, a Nossi College of Art photography graduate and current intern After graduating from Nossi College, I had the opportunity to intern with Journey’s Shoes and Clothing to grow as a person and as a professional. It started after making a connection through Dax Gomez, Nossi's Career Service Director.  I shared my career goals with him, and I told him I saw myself as a photographer for retail brands, taking images that would be displayed in ads, on websites or even in print. My ultimate goal is to work for the major athletic retailer, ...

A Process as Smooth as Whiskey

If someone asked you to compare the creative process to anything in the world, what would you compare it to? I want you to keep that in mind. This piece is going to introduce you to an ambitious and innovative young woman who gave birth to big dreams while living in a small town. Hey, my name is Shelby Deaton… well Piatt as of October 2015. I will answer to both though. I am a recent graduate from Nossi College of Art where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design Media. That is also where I found my passion for ...

Nossi College of Art Recognizes Honor Students

Nossi College of Art had 51 students make the honor roll for President and Dean’s List in the spring 2016 semester.  Making these prestigious lists is not an easy task, as one must maintain a 3.67-3.99 GPA to earn a space on Dean’s List while President Scholars maintain a 4.0 GPA. In addition to maintaining high academics, our honor students are made up of Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society members, Kappa Pi Eta Tau members, CMA EDU members, Nossi Ambassadors and student leaders. Nossi College of Art encourages a commitment to Nashville community by getting students involved in non-profit, ...

Alumni Articles: Nicky Drake, Photographer

By Les Kerr Nicky Drake’s life proves the advantage of defining one’s passion and pursuing it. As she was about to follow a career path in nursing, she discovered photography was really what captured her heart. “I got accepted into nursing school and then realized that’s not what I wanted to do every day. I took some time to get to know myself and find what my passions were,” said Nicky about a six-month period between almost entering nursing school and enrolling at Nossi College of Art. “The first thing I picked up was a camera.” What started as a ...

Connecting With Fellow Designers

This blog was written by Nossi College of Art student, Brandi Leath. Brandi will graduate with her associate degree in Interactive Graphic Design in the 2016 spring semester. She is a marketing manager and graphic designer for the online retail community, mainly in Nashville. Brandi has managed marketing strategies and brand identities for five different retail brands. She has experience in online marketing, web design, eCommerce, digital advertising, social media marketing and 10 years of accounting experience. She has also been an avid member Nashville's Social Media Club Chapter. “I love being a night student at Nossi, most of the ...

Nossi Alumni Sees Success in Graphic Design

Young graphic artists don’t dream of setting type for plastic phone faceplates that tell hotel guests how to call room service. But such a job helped Tracy Ratliff survive while she got on her feet professionally. Now the owner of Paisley Pen Creative, she laughs about those days but says she always expected to do whatever it took to realize her vision. Thanks to Tracy’s vision and commitment, her creations have been utilized by advertising agencies, media corporations, musicians and publications throughout the U.S. She is an illustrator for Discovery Communications, the parent company of Discovery Channel and TLC. In ...

Networking with Ad Tuesday

Ad Tuesday is a monthly event run by the American Advertising Federation Nashville Chapter. It is designed to get young professionals in the advertising world out networking with other great ad people. Not only can you generate some great discussion,  you could also meet a future employer. Two Kappa Pi students from Nossi College of Art attended the October Ad Tuesday, and this is what they have to say about it: American Advertising Federation Nashville hosts a monthly event called Ad Tuesday at various business locations in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. This is an event where students, instructors and ...

Nossi College and it's beginnings

Have you ever wondered how Nossi College of Art came to be? It was the persistence of Ms. Nossi Vatandoost and her dedication to art that allowed Nossi to succeed in so many areas. Discover how Ms. Nossi started in the arts and how Nossi College came to be! This article was originally published in the Spring 2014 WKU Alumni Spirits Magazine for Nossi College of Art's 40th Anniversary. We thought you might enjoy the read.

Troy Duff Takes His Art to the Streets

“Graffiti comes from the soul and it is a way for an artist to give a piece of themselves to the community.” Troy Duff is a graffiti and fine artist based out of East Nashville, Tennessee. His passion lies in public art and a spontaneous creative process. Through graffiti, he pays tribute to the lost art of penmanship. It is also how he became the creator of his own font. When Troy was a kid, he was constantly doodling, drawing and painting. Growing up in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., he was introduced to skateboarding, street art and BMX racing. ...

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