“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.”

Katherine Mary Dunham. Dancer, choreographer, author, educator, anthropologist, and social activist.

You may be experiencing a level of stress not encountered before due to continual and evolving coverage and information related to the coronavirus and the impact it has had on your daily life and routine. You may feel isolated, especially since many artists are collaborators, hands-on learners, and group thinkers.

We want to remind you, you are not alone. You are one of over 300 students, faculty, and staff going through similar experiences, and we need to rely on each other for support.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through questions and concerns. We want to be as transparent as we can. If you have additional questions not listed below, please reach out to Libby Funke at Nossi so she can find an answer for you.

If you have tested positive or you know a student or faculty member who has, please contact Rachel Dewaal immediately.

To view the answer, simply select a question below.

Is Campus open?

Yes. Campus re-opened for students, faculty, and staff for the summer semester. We plan on returning this fall with both online and on-campus classrooms.

Remember – classes start on TUESDAY, September 8 because Monday is a Holiday. Campus will be closed on Monday, September 7.

Get the complete coronavirus-related details here.

What is Nossi College of Art doing for the Fall Semester?



Approved courses for online instruction include:

  • VF280 Business of Videography II

Due to the nature of these degree programs and the amount of collaboration taking place, a majority of these classes will be held on campus


Due to the nature of this degree program, ALL classes will be offered online for the fall semester.


Due to the nature of this degree program, all classes EXCEPT for L400 Stock Art Illustration will be held on campus.

Stock Art Illustration will be held online due to the business-nature of the class and to help reduce the number of students on campus.  


Approved courses for online instruction include:

  • GD420 Capstone
  • BU450 Portfolio – expect limited in-person meetings to discuss portfolios         
  • GD460 Art Direction
  • GD340 Graphic Design Media
  • GD460 Advertising Art Direction
  • MG360 Advanced Motion Graphics
  • PD380 Publication Design

All other Graphic Design classes will be held on campus.


Approved courses for online instruction:

  • Psychology
  • English II – one class on campus, one class online
  • History of Western Civilization
  • Literature

All other classes will be held on campus.

Our nightly cleaning crew will continue to disinfect high touch areas, including door handles and keyboards. Additional disinfectant cleaners and wipes are available on campus for students, faculty, and staff. Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and office.

FYI – Students, faculty, and staff will be required to disinfect desks and equipment after each use.

Get the complete coronavirus-related details here.

Is the current plan temporary, and will it change as COVID gets better or worse?

The Main Plan is fluid. We will revise our plan as conditions surrounding the virus change. If we need, we will revert to our backup plan including:

If we must return to online classes, the entire class will go online and studio time will be isolated, as we have done in the past.

We will continue to take cues from local and national government organizations, the Department of Education, and our accreditation body. The College will be prepared to transition to online learning if the State or Metro deems it necessary for higher education institutions.

Through August, we will update our policies and procedures if we get new information. Our decisions are fluid based on real-time data. Plans may change due to circumstances out of our control. Please be mentally prepared for any changes the college may be required to make. All information will be communicated in this blog and sent directly to your Nossi inboxes.

I need info about the Fall Semester’s Zoom Meetings.

Nossi College of Art will move to Google Meets. We will no longer be using Zoom due to limitations in the program.

Info about fall classes will be emailed to students’ inbox by Tuesday, September 8 for the first week of class.

How will attendance be taken?

Fall 2020 will see a temporary change to our policy.

If students are ill with COVID-19 or with flu-related symptoms, they must stay home to stay safe. Immediately notify your instructor via email or Moodle and turn in homework assignments on deadline.

When deemed appropriate, students who are sick with coronavirus or the flu will be excused and counted present. A doctor’s note will not be required.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be instructed to stay home for two weeks, focus on getting better, and they can return to campus after their 14-day quarantine or when they test negative.

  • If your class is campus-based, you will miss class and have to make up any missed work.
  • If your class is online, you can continue attending online.
  • Students WILL NOT be counted absent due to COVID-19 or flu-related symptoms IF they communicate and accomplish the work required by the deadline.

If you are not sick or you do not have an excuse to miss class, you earn a non-excused absence. This absence will be counted toward the class absent policy (reminder, you get 3 absences per semester).

Non-excused absences are regarded as:

  1. NO communication with your instructor or the Student Services Director (Rachel Dewaal)
  2. Not turning in assignments by the deadline as requested by your instructor
  3. Missing classes when you are not sick.
Student-led labs. What are they?

Nossi College of Art offers a new, free service available for all students – Student Lab Sessions. Get all the details here.

Available in individual and group Zoom-based workshops, this Nossi Student Service gives students a new way to learn and understand class projects – from fellow students.

Nossi Student Services is currently working with several students to help fellow Nossi creatives with their class projects. Have questions about your Adobe Program? Want to go over your classroom assignment one more time? Want to check if you completed a project correctly before you turn it in? Connect with student services and work on projects with your peers.

See who is providing the sessions and reach out to them directly if you want to sign up.

Have questions about the program? Do you know a particular program or subject matter well? (You could be paid!) Simply email Rachel Dewaal if you are interested and need more details.

What are the Add/Drop Summer Class Requirements?

The last day to add or drop a class will be Friday, September 11. Please call 615-514-2787 if you need to discuss your schedule.

When and how will I receive my Fall overage check?

Like before, class attendance is required to receive your overage check.

When checks are ready, they can be picked up between 8 AM and 10 PM Monday through Thursday or between 8 AM and 4 PM on Fridays. If you prefer we mail your check, please notify Rachel Dewaal. Please include the address you wish us to use.

Also, an update on the HEERF Grant Checks for students – we expect to see a second disbursement by September 14.

I am worried about my financial future.

Financial stress can be the biggest strain on our health and well-being. We want to try and offer some resources to help with stability.

Nossi College of Art applied for and received money for our students through the CARES Act. Those who applied for federal aid will receive a check from Nossi. It is available at the front desk. More was emailed to your inbox. We expect a second aid check to be distributed by September 14.

1. If you lost your job, there are several local companies actively hiring. Barry Howard in Nossi’s Career Services office can help you every step of the way. We know our students working in food, beverage, entertainment, culture, and retail are really feeling a direct impact. Here are a few places that are actively hiring with links to job postings:

TIP: File for unemployment as well to see about getting supplemental checks until you can find a new job.

As we wait for new details to unfold for additional Coronavirus Aid Packages, we will update that information here.

2. If you need help with debt payments, whether you have a car payment, mortgage payment, rent due, credit card bill due, or something else, call your loan provider immediately. Many of them are offering reduced interest rates, late payment acceptance, or are pushing out due dates.

Mortgage Help: Some banks are allowing people to skip mortgage payments for up to 90 days. It is extremely important to reach out to your bank directly, as they may offer you a longer grace period.

Credit Card Help: Like with mortgage assistance, to receive help, you must contact your credit card provider.

3. Also, many utility companies are suspending cutoffs during this time, so call them immediately if you will struggle to pay your bill. See how Tennessee is responding to the utility needs by county.

4. Visit the United Way’s COVID Response Fund for a complete list of over 18 resources to help you through COVID-19 and tornado relief. The Nashville community is here to help because this city takes the word community to heart, especially during tough times.

I do not have access to Adobe Programs on my laptop at home.

Adobe programs are required for online classes. This is also a requirement for any student entering their second semester.

I have unreliable Internet at times. Will I be at fault if it cuts out during the online class tutorials and explanations?

Reliable Internet will be required to attend any online classes this fall. No exceptions.

Is the Nossi Bookstore be open?

Yes. You can stop by the front desk or call if you are still learning online. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM and Friday 8 AM to 4 PM during the semester and Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM during semester breaks.

View the PDF of our bookstore list.

Reach campus by calling 615-514-2787 or emailing the Front Desk.

Will face masks be required?

Face masks will be required in common areas like the front lobby, the student lounge, hallways, and the library.

Face masks are not required in the classroom, as we are able to stay socially distant. You are welcome to continue wearing masks in the classroom if you prefer.

It is important you find a mask that fits your face and is comfortable to wear.

Mask options include:
1. Design your own mask with
2. Purchase a washable fabric mask
3. DIY and make your own mask (sew and no-sew instructions)
4. Purchase medical masks in bulk

Can I work with hair and makeup artists or models in studio or anatomy lab?


We have decided against hair professionals, makeup artists, and other guests for the time being. All models coming to campus will be required to do their own hair and makeup before arriving.

What are we doing about graduation?

UPDATE! Graduation was a success! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. Want to see what a 2020 Graduation looks like, check it out?!

Afer polling our 2020 graduates, we are moving forward with a hybrid in person and online ceremony.

2020 Graduation will take place on Saturday, August 22 at 10 AM on Nossi’s campus. We will take graduation photos from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM before the ceremony starts.

The ceremony will begin at 10 AM and is expected to last a little over an hour. Grads will hear from Ms. Nossi, Cyrus Vatandoost, Valerie Graves (commencement speaker), academic honors will be recognized and grads can walk to pick up their diplomas.

A grad gift will be given to all grads participating in graduation.

Read complete details here.

I have questions about student housing or orientation this fall.

If you have any questions related to student housing, please contact our Admissions Director, or Roger Qualls, Director of Housing. Email Mitzi. Email Roger. Or call 615-514-2787. They are typically on campus Monday – Thursday from 9 AM to 6 PM and Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM.

If you have questions related to orientation, please contact our Registrar, Mindy Gilbert.

1. Move-in for student housing will take place on Wed, September 2
2. Orientation will take place on Thurs, September 3

All students starting this fall will receive email communication every Thursday in August leading up to the start of classes. Please check your inbox for these messages (or your Spam folder, as that can happen as well).

I need help with food.

We want to provide a few resources based on your current food needs.

Nossi College of Art has a limited food pantry on campus to help housing students. If you need to help stock your pantry between paychecks or because you may have lost your job, please reach out to Mitzi to coordinate access. If they are unavailable, you can also email or connect with Rachel Dewaal.

If you need recipes because you are out of ideas, check out this article, 30 Recipes for College Students.

Are you in need of food assistance? If so, Uprise Nashville has a list of great resources including local food banks who can help.

AHHHHHH, I’m just stressed and not sure what to do.

It is okay to feel stress at the moment, but you do not want that stress to dictate your life and happiness over the coming weeks. Giving in to your stress will affect your productivity, depression, anxiety, and overall wellbeing. It is time to accept the situation we are in and maintain a social distancing routine recommended by professionals.

But know this is temporary. Repeat that out loud, it can help, “this is temporary, this is not forever.”

Here are a few resources to help out as well. Have you discovered something helpful for you? Let us know so we can add it to our list!

1. Teleconference with Horn Counseling. Reid is an experienced mental health professional and we are proud to have him be part of the Nossi family. Utilize his resources. Even if you have never met with Reid, consider doing so in the next 30 days.

2. Check out these 10 podcasts about Mental Health. Recognize what you are going through and know you are not going through it alone.

3. CREATE – studies have shown that taking at least 45 minutes per day to create can reduce your stress levels. Have you ever complained or thought “there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done?” We have now all been blessed with more time, so take advantage of it while you can. Turn stressful energy into creative energy and share what you are creating!

4. Breathe deep and consider mindful meditation. Don’t know where to get started, consider one of these apps.

5. Get a group chat started. Using Facebook Live, a Messenger platform, a video-sharing app, or start a group text with your friends. Even if you cannot be around people physically, it is important to see the faces of your family and friends. Consider downloading an app with video features (WhatsApp, TikTok, SnapChat, Marco Polo, GroupMe) and stay connected. Remember – it is social isolation, not social elimination.

6. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise when you can, and get good rest. These may seem like easy tasks, but sticking to a routine to ensure you accomplish these steps every day is important.


8. Get even more resources at the United Way’s COVID Response Fund.

If I owe the school money, how should I pay for it?

You can call campus (615-514-2787) or mail a check to Rachel Dewaal’s attention: 590 Creative Way, Nashville, TN 37115.

If you have questions on concerns about your tuition, please call us!

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