Special Edition: Nashville Honors Nossi

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

This is a big year for Nossi Vatandoost. The college she founded is celebrating 45 years of graduating creative professionals in the Nashville area. Her team is launching certificate programs to help grow skills for creative and tech industries in the region this fall. They are also planning a Spring 2019 Master’s Program launch with the guidance of nine area business professionals. And now the City of Nashville has officially recognized Ms. Nossi and Nossi College of Art in a 2018 Public Resolution.  This city has blessed our family more than I can ever have dreamed of – Nossi Vatandoost Each council member is only allowed to present two resolutions each year. Nossi Vatandoost was nominated by Nossi College of Art’s Metro Councilmember, Nancy VanReece. VanReece worked behind the scenes so everything could be unveiled in May, a week before Ms. Nossi’s birthday. “As soon as I learned of the 45th Anniversary of Nossi’s amazing journey, I knew it was time to be sure she was acknowledged by the city she has invested her life toward making a better place to live,” said VanReece. “I am committed to seeing artists continue to come to Madison to live, learn and thrive.  Nossi has always known that our future’s success must support the creative class in as many ways as possible.” Once the Resolution was read by VanReece, Ms. Nossi and Cyrus were given a few moments to say a few words. Cyrus Vatandoost, Executive VP of the College and Ms. Nossi’s son said, “The…

UX UI Design, Nossi’s Web Design Certificate

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Les Kerr Being workforce ready in any field is advantageous for those seeking employment and for employers seeking new hires who can hit the ground running. Nossi College of Art’s new User Experience and User Interface Design (UX/UI) Certificate will allow Middle Tennesseans to quickly get up to speed when they enter the modern workforce. UX/UI design is a necessity to create a better digital relationship between customers and clients. Nossi’s certificate allows students to build upon their professional development, making more desirable job recruits on a convenient, 14-week schedule. In describing User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI), Paul Edoho-Eket, Web and Interactive Program Manager at Nossi, said it helps people use technology easier. That results in the user desiring to stay on a company’s website, potentially netting more revenue, interaction and customer satisfaction. “If you can make a more usable product, the customer’s going to be happy and [a business will] get more customers and everybody wins,” said Edoho-Eket. “More and more, the term UX/UI is appearing on job sites. Employers realize how important it is.” The interest and need of UX/UI designers by local employers and the tech community played an integral role in Nossi’s decision to offer this certificate. Nashville is already a center for technology. The area comprised of Nashville, Davidson County, Murfreesboro and Franklin, TN is among the top ten job markets for new college graduates, according to ZipRecruiter. More tech industries and people interested in tech careers are moving to the…

Increase Professional Development with Nossi’s Photography Certificate

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Photography Certificate Program will help serious hobbyists and company employees Story by Les Kerr The new Photography Certificate Program at Nossi College of Art will help serious hobbyists or business owners and employees who need to take better pictures for their company web sites and social media pages. Starting this fall, the 14-week program will meet for one four-hour class each week at night. Professional photography instructors will utilize Nossi’s facilities to teach camera functions, lighting techniques, studio etiquette and software programs for postproduction needs. “It’s going to be fun, intensive and we’re going to be moving fast,” said Nossi Photography Coordinator Tom Stanford. “We anticipate having very motivated students who want to come in and, in four short months, really improve their skill sets.” A major advantage for certificate students will be access to Nossi’s 2,500 square foot photo studio, the largest instructional studio in the southeast. They will also receive focused instruction to process their work in a professional setting. The course will be structured in segments that will include some beginning photography, software instruction, advanced photography and cataloging. “The idea is to shoot a little bit, learn about how to process those images, shoot more sophisticated stuff, and then learn how to do post-production in the Adobe programs Photoshop and Lightroom,” Stanford said. “Lightroom allows you to organize your photos in a logical way. It also allows you to make changes to photographs and, at any time in the future, go back and undo those changes or…

Travel and Photography – a Great Combination

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Eric Dulberg is a photography student at Nossi College of Art heading into his final semester before graduation. That’s the tough, fun, exhilarating and exhausting semester that ends with a rush of pride as students officially become graduates, professionals. From his first semester to the current one, Eric is always there to help with a laugh or a shoulder to lean on. He pushed his photography education to the limits and produced some amazing work – most recently a Silver Student Addy. He took some time off to work in the Philippines and will be traveling to Ecuador this spring with a dozen Nossi students and a photo instructor for our Inaugural International Study Abroad Program. Excerpt by Eric Dulberg: Travel has become such an important aspect of my life. Most of my adult life was spent abusing drugs, confining those years to the walls and chains I had built around myself.  Once I got clean, and after some work, I made a decision to never again miss out on ANYTHING. I never want to miss a sunrise. I want to meet people on this planet, to hear their stories and to be able to photograph and show the world what I see. I want to expose people to the possibilities of life outside of the busy world we live in now. Once I got clean, and after some work, I made a decision to never again miss out on ANYTHING. I spent too many years fueled by that addiction…

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