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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The Whimsical Stylings of Danielle Duer

Danielle Duer is graduate of Nossi’s Illustration Program who currently lives and works from her studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Her unusual acrylic paintings and textiles have been described as haunting and romantic. She uses intense, beautiful color combinations and layers the main images with dainty, inky details. Danielle’s “Honey Child Dolls” portray her fascination with child-like fantasy in a strange way full of both whimsy and sophistication. These dolls are hand-illustrated Victorian-style characters born out of the unique, interesting and talented people who cross the paths and imaginations of Danielle and her collaborator, Mandy McNeil.  Their goal is to encourage ...

Careers in the Arts: Jamie Hernández

About Jamie: Before Jamie Hernández had even graduated, she began photographing concerts for Nashville Scene. Jamie has had the pleasure of shooting for Americanafest 2014 and continually photographs shows all over Music City. Opportunities such as these have allowed Jamie to build her portfolio, one that now features photos of bands like the Avett Brothers and Arcade Fire. Jamie’s other projects: Aside from her work with Nashville Scene, Jamie also shoots the nationally-run publication Premier Guitar. She does not limit herself to shooting live music settings, however. Jamie is ultimately interested in people with a story to tell; she seeks ...

Kappa Pi Seeks Alumni Mentors

Kappa Pi is a student-empowering organization that provides students with opportunities to create relationships, build character and foster career development within a collaborative, social environment. Nicole Drake founded Nossi’s Eta Tau Chapter last year and has since worked diligently to bond conscientious artists together, effectively forming an organization that is influential both on campus and in the community. Logo Design by Nossi student and Kappa member, Brandi Mykle Leath Five faculty members, six alumni members, and eight current students here at Nossi work together to coordinate lectures and other events that embody Kappa Pi’s mission: to help like-minded individuals grow ...

Fall Semester Award Show

Ms. Nossi, Founder and President of Nossi College of Art, give Steven Hudson an award during the Fall Semester Award Show. Photo by Chris Garrett. View more images from the evening on our Facebook page.  Steven Hudson, an Illustration student at Nossi College of Art, received the Talent Discovery Award at the Fall Semester Awards Ceremony. This $400 award is presented to two graduating seniors who possess exceptional talent in their area of expertise and have created work surpassing expectations. Hudson also took home the Academic All Star Award for having the highest GPA in his degree program. All students ...

Jacob Rhoades’ Authentic Design

Coming from a long line of artists, painters and craftsmen, Jacob Rhoades has always viewed creative expression as one of life’s necessities. Jacob is a graphic designer and illustrator who has migrated from Music City USA to Los Angeles, where he currently works full time for LonelyPlanet, the world’s largest travel guide book publisher. In his free time, Jacob creates branding and packaging designs for a wide variety of well-known clients, including the Army National Guard and Tanastica. Jacob’s work is recognized on a national level; in recent years, big players in the creative industry have lauded his forward-thinking approach ...

What Can You Do with a Degree from Nossi?

Once you’ve completed your degree, you’ll be ready to join Nashville’s creative scene. Below is only a partial list of positions held by Nossi Alumni, as well as companies our Alumni have established careers in. Positions Held by Nossi Grads: Creative Services Manager Muralist Book Illustrators Freelance Directors Creative Executive Producers Senior Editors Production Coordinator Film Equipment Manager Cinematographers Production Assistant Commercial Photographers Interactive Developer Wedding Photographers Lead Package Designer Website Designers Production Assistant SQL Developer Videographers Assistant Director Marketing Director Art Director Creative Directors Companies and Organizations Employing Nossi Grads: Harley Davidson Comcast Kirklands ME Productions Paxton Media Group ...

Horses, Hawaii and Children’s Books: A Look at the Career of Alum Crystal Nunley

Crystal Nunley was one of those bright, high-achieving students who was always looking to get involved in college. Because Crystal has never stopped seeking out opportunities to be successful and to develop her talents her accomplishments have extended beyond Nossi’s classrooms and into her professional career. Crystal graduated from Nossi in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. After graduation, she helped create a successful equestrian magazine, Show Horse Magazine, which is based in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Crystal is the Chief Designer and Production Manager at this Show Horse. She is responsible for each element of the magazine’s design, from the ...

Amanda Purcell Gives Back

In September, Nossi alumni were offered a unique opportunity to give back to the Nossi community. Graduates were invited to design the school’s new t-shirt to be sold in the campus store. Participants in this contest were challenged to work with strict color and design limitations when creating their submissions. After the passing of the early October deadline, Nossi faculty and staff members sifted through many impressive, varied designs and carefully cast their vote for the t-shirt they felt stayed true to Nossi’s brand. In the end, Amanda Purcell’s submission was chosen as the winning design, with Matt Pritchett taking ...

Financial Aid Question for College Graduates

If you recently graduated college (or maybe you are getting ready to graduate) you will begin to pay off the student loan you accumulated during your college career. It is imperative you set up payment plans for these loans and not forget about them! If you choose to ignore your monthly invoices, you could go into default, causing a lot of new problems for your financial future. If you default on your loans, you might receive additional scrutiny from your borrows including:  - Garnishment from your weekly, bi-weekly or monthly wage  - Loss of some or all of your tax returns  - Higher ...

Don’t forget why career services is here!

It is the end of the workday, and I am heading to Aladdin’s on Elliston to meet with Michael Inman, a Nossi College of Art graduate and a connoisseur of the beverage industry in Nashville. While at Nossi, Michael landed a graphic design internship at Lipman Brothers, a local wine and liquor distributor. This experience combined with his two degrees from Nossi helped Michael become a perfect fit for the graphic design position at Horizon Wine and Spirits. Michael attributes success to his dedication to consistently improving his work and being an honest designer. He also said it couldn’t have ...

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