Nossi’s Financial Aid Director Selected!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Finding the best option to afford college can be one of the biggest hurdles students face when wanting to earn their degree. Nossi College of Art’s founder, Ms. Nossi states, “Part of our philosophy is that no creative person, for financial reasons, be left behind in the pursuit of a college career.”Mary Kidd, Nossi’s Financial Aid Director, is following in the Ms. Nossi Philosophy because she was recently elected to serve on the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) board. This Association connects financial aid offices across the state to collaborate on ways to serve the needs of students and their families through financial assistance. The TASFAA was organized in 1967 to help financial aid administrators stay connected on industry trends, updates on new legislature, training material, provide input for surveys, pair mentors and mentees, and network with one another. They also stay assist Tennessee High Schools, informing administrators about TASFAA programs so students are more prepared and informed about their college finances. Mary Kidd was elected by her peers to serve on the TASFAA Board for one year, starting July 2017. Joining her will be 30 members representing colleges across the state. Her dedication to her office has not gone unnoticed by the Board either, as she was also selected to sit on the Board Conference Planning Committee. This annual conference takes place in April 2018 and will celebrate the TASFAA’s 50th Anniversary. Please help us in congratulating Mary Kidd on her nomination and her service to…

Alumni Stories: Solar Eclipse Edition

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Richard Norris, creator of Little Hawk Design and Apparel Company, is a Nossi College of Art graduate of Interactive Graphic Design. He is currently building his clientele so he can turn his freelance business into his full-time career.  Learn about his journey to become a designer and discover a cool project he is working on for the Solar Eclipse on August 21. Maybe you can get one before he sells out!  Why did you decide on a career in the interactive and graphic design industries?  I have always been an artist; I just never thought there was any sort of future or career in it for some reason. Art was always something I did as a hobby. It was not until my daughter began researching colleges and decided on becoming a designer herself before I realized, with extra training, I could make use of my artistic skills. I already pursued a degree in Computer Technology, so it only seemed natural to combine what I love to do with what I already do for a living, work on computers all day. What does it mean to be an interactive designer, how is it different from being a graphic designer?  Graphic design is art that has a strategic purpose, for example getting new customers or promoting brand awareness. Interactive design is art that also has a strategic purpose, however, its purpose is to prompt interaction with the consumer. Graphic design is a one-way street. You look at it and you are influenced…

Repost: Dear Art School Freshman

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Transforming from a student creative to a professional creative is a journey every art student takes once they walk across the stage at their high school graduation. Art School gives students a chance to embark on a journey that can completely alter their life, for the better. Nossi College of Art senior (and soon to be graduate), Elisabeth Hunt, illustrates what she learned during her college career on her blog site, OurSpecialBrandofCrazy. Each creative student at Nossi College learns about business aspects, budgeting, social media and marketing including blogging.  Find out tips from Elisabeth in her post called Dear Art School Freshman: I started college four years ago, and I’ll admit I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. I have struggled harder in the past four years than I could have ever imagined. I have also learned more about life, about the world, and about myself than I ever dreamed. But this isn’t really about me. This is about you. Let me first commend you for your commitment to your own self-betterment, as you embark on this journey that will change you, challenge you, and ultimately transform you into a creative professional. You rock. Second, I’d like to give you a bit of advice—some things I wish I had known when I was starting out… CONTINUE READING Learn more about Elisabeth Hunt by visiting her graphic design portfolio site. Follow Elisabeth on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. 

What do you do all day? UXUI Web Designer

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Meet Brandi Leath, a Nossi College of Art graduate and current UX UI Web Designer at Parachute Media, a local ad agency focused on social media and digital marketing. Brandi graduated with an Interactive Graphic Design degree and is putting her skills and experience to use on a daily basis. Learn a little bit more about Brandi and what she does:   Why did you decide to become and Web & Interactive Designer?  In the 10 years of my accounting career, I constantly found myself working on UX/UI and graphic design projects within the companies I worked for. This was in addition to my accounting responsibilities. I would freelance web design projects and work after work just for fun. I know it sounds a bit silly, but this is literally what happened. I turned 30 and was watching the movie The Vow. The one where Rachel McAdams was in law school and decided to quit and go to art school instead. I left the movie feeling extremely overwhelmed by the same feeling. I wanted to make art, all the time, not just for fun. So I quit my job and two weeks later I signed up for art school at Nossi College. I wasn’t even sure if I had any talent; I just knew that’s what I wanted to do.   I’m so glad I listened to my gut feeling, it has worked out better than I ever imagined.   What does a typical day look like for you? The very…

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