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…

Discovering Food Photography

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Michiah Posey, Michiah Dezirae Photography After four years of photography classes at Nossi, I have found a specific passion for food and drink photography. Food Photography was a class that provided my first real introduction to this field, but it was my Fine Art Photography class that really helped me dive into this passion. My project was a series of mixology photos. I titled it “Drink of the Week” and every week I traveled to different Nashville restaurants to photograph their specialty cocktail. I knew when I started this series I wanted to use this project to network and build my reputation, as well as find some great drinks to feature. I began reaching out to as many local restaurants as I could and asked if they would be willing to let me come in and photograph one of their signature drinks. With this simple ask, I was welcomed with open arms into some of Nashville’s favorite local restaurants. I was able to work with places such as Henrietta Red, Rolf & Daughters, Amerigo, Etch, Etc. and Bartaco. In addition to building some great connections, this photo series helped to build my social media presence. During the project, I featured a new Drink of the Week every week on Instagram and was shocked at how well people responded to this. I was asked for recipes and was even featured on some bigger accounts wanting to highlight my work. I have set my focus on food and drink photography and it…

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