Hands-On Learning Versus Learning Online

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

When is it best to take an online class versus a class on campus?You have probably seen or heard lots advertisements for online classes and online degrees, making your choice harder.Before making a decision about where you earn your creative degree, consider why learning at Nossi College of Art can have a greater impact on your professional career than an ONLINE-ONLY education. At Nossi, you spend your first day of class meeting your instructors and learning about their professional, creative lives in Middle Tennessee. Connect with classmates who share your interests, passions and creative gifts. As the semester progresses, you will collaborate with students in class as well as with students in other programs, learning about all creative fields and how they can benefit your professional career. Nossi’s classrooms are interactive environments providing you with critiques for artwork, discussions on client relations, debates on methodologies and advice for pricing your work. There is no better way to learn these skills than in person. So when is it beneficial to learn online? Nossi offers general education courses within an online classroom, so you don’t always have to commute to campus. This online function for general education courses helps fit class into your already busy schedule. It is your decision to learn online or in person. We understand it can be difficult to work a full-time job, go to school and balance your life – but there is a way! Over 300 students do it every year with Nossi. When making your…

Nossi Student, Sean Williams, finishes second at Nashville Art Clash

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Congratulations to Nossi student and Kappa Pi member, Sean Williams for winning second place at the Nashville Art Clash 2018!  Art Clash is a timed arts competition benefiting SmART Supplies, a thrift store selling art and craft materials while employing people with disabilities. Creating live, in front of an eager audience, participants were given two hours to design a mixed media piece for a panel of judges to pick first, second and third place. Contestants could use materials from home and were also given required elements supplied by the competition. These materials were corks, old magazines, fake greenery and a surprise material, which were crayons. Regardless of the timing element and unusual materials – Sean did what he had to do. “I made a burlap octopus wrapping around a raw plank of wood. The corks were used as the suckers on the octopus and the rest of the materials were used to create coral and environment.” We’re not at all surprised Sean did so well in the competition and we’re proud our students maintain an active role within the Nashville art community, especially when the event is for a good cause. The proceeds from ticket sales are used to support SmART Supplies’ effort to fund programs for people with intellectual disabilities such as employment training and residential support via Progress, Inc. Sean Williams is an active member of the Nossi Community, he is a Kappa Pi past president and will be graduating within the next year. Photos by Annette Mcnamara (below)  …

Nossi College of Art Offers Options, Opportunities for Art Institute Students

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

This December, The Art Institute of Tennessee Nashville is among 30 colleges, owned by Dream Center Education, closing their doors. After meeting with AI’s Department Chair, Phillip Lacy, Nossi College of Art Vice President, Cyrus Vatandoost, and his team at Nossi agreed to a solution helping displaced students.  Nossi College wants AI students to find the means of continuing their bachelor degree education they already began. “We are committed to talking with each AI student individually to understand his or her academic and career goals,” said Vatandoost.   “We want to help students decide the degree program best suited for them with the intent to transfer as many courses as possible. We want these students to have a positive experience here at Nossi College.”     Nossi College of Art is a private art and design school in Nashville, celebrating 45 years of teaching creative professionals this fall. Their programs are suited well for AI students because Nossi’s degree programs are commercial-based, not fine art-based, engrained with experiential learning for real-world experiences. With an easy transition of degree options, students from AI can transfer their earned credits to a bachelor program at Nossi College. With Art Institutes closing, O’More College of Art and Design moving limited programming to Belmont and Memphis College of Art closing, Nossi College of Art will fill the creative arts voids left by these colleges. Nossi College of Art’s fall semester starts September 10, 2018. Are you an AI student or do you know one who needs help?…

Illustration Professor, Randy McQuien Jr art show at TailGate Beer

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Our awesome Illustration Professor, Randy McQuien, Jr., has an official art show this Saturday, June 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Tailgate Beer and you want to be there!  We’re so grateful for all Randy does here at our school and what better way to celebrate him than at a family-friendly event at a Nashville brewery? His art is featured all month at the West Nashville Tailgate Beer location at 7300 Charlotte Pike until July 7, which is something Randy is excited about, “It’s great that West Nashville is gaining more exposure and shedding light on local West Nashville artists.” Randy’s art pieces are an addition to his Musician Series featuring over 15 original works and prints available for sale. “Going to school in Memphis, living in Nashville and visiting places like Chicago – music has always been a part of what I do.” His Musician Series depicts iconic musicians and the character they create on stage, whether it is a look, outfit or energy – Randy captures it. “My inspiration is not so much the music, but the character the musician creates on stage and the expressions they give to the crowd.” Also, we got the inside scoop! A few of the featured character musicians are B.B. King, Nina Simone and Freddie Mercury.  For more information and to RSVP check out the Nossi FB Event Page. If you can’t make it Saturday, don’t forget Randy’s work will be featured at Tailgate Beer until July 7 and you can…

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