Nossi College of Art

Tel: 6155142787
  • At Nossi College of Art, we are dedicated to preparing students for the vast and exciting business of visual communications. In addition to a traditional foundation in technical skills and courses, a  Nossi graduate will also be prepped and ready to work with clients, skilled in professional-grade technology and equipped with real-world experience employers crave. Nossi is a small, private, professional college with a friendly atmosphere. Adjunct instructors are professional artists in Nashvilles creative community, allowing students to connect with artists in and out of the classroom.Even Nossi Vatandoost, our president and founder is a real artist. Forming these relationships gives our students insight into the creative industry that many art students will not see until after graduation - See more at:
School Highlights
  • Nossi College of Art serves 300 students (100% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 100% of the student body (majority American and Asian), which is less than the state average of 26%.
  • Nossi College of Art is one of 12 community colleges within Davidson County, TN.
  • The nearest community college to Nossi College of Art is Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville (0.2 miles away).

Upcoming Events and News:

  • Southern Halo Embrace the Moment in ‘Living Like That’ Video [Exclusive Premiere] Read More: Southern Halo Embrace 'Living Like That' in New Video | - 03/17/2017 - Southern Halo play their own instruments - Christina on drums, Hannah on bass and Natalia on guitar - and they say playing "Living Like That" live gets them energized on stage as they interact with their audience. Viewers get a glimpse into this energy through...more
  • From written word to world of clicks - 05/19/2017 - Suzan Al Ameri is the first Arab photographer to cover events in the Nashville area of Tennessee, and became an acclaimed journalist photographer during her education at the Nossi College of Art. She recently won two silver medals at the Tennessee annual ADDY ...more
  • Sweet Creations bakery expands to Jefferson Street - 06/30/2016 - Photos provided to Sweet Creations by Nossi College of Art Photography Students. View more on the Sweet Creations Website!<br /><br />Barbara Toms has been looking for a way to give back to the North Nashville community for a long time.A former lawyer and long...more
  • Retail Notes: Sweet Creations preps to open new location - 06/16/2016 - Additionally, Sweet Creations partnered with photography and graphic design students at Nossi College of Art to create a refreshed brand identity and images for its website.
  • Nossi offers new Master's Program - 07/30/2018 - Nossi College of Art is offering a new masters degree in instructional design and technologies, aiming to fill a gap in the education industry. The program is designed for creative professionals looking to expand their careers. It includes courses like teachin...more
  • Nossi Helps Transfer Students from Art Institue - 07/12/2018 - "We are committed to talking with each AI student individually to understand his or her academic and career goals," said Cyrus Vatandoost, Nossi College of Art vice president. "We want to help students decide the degree program best suited for them with the in...more
  • Student Services Director Nominated for Award - 06/07/2018 - The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville on Thursday unveiled the 2018 finalists for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards, a program recognizing Middle Tennessee`s top young professionals under the age of 40.The NELAs recognize five finalists in...more

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 48 teachers has grown by 500% over five years.
Nossi College of Art(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty48 staff29 staff
Nossi College of Art Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Nossi College of Art has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Nossi College of Art diversity score of 0.00 is less than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has declined by 100% over five years.
Total Enrollment300 students631 students
Nossi College of Art Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio6:130:1
Nossi College of Art Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students300 students369 students
Nossi College of Art Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
Nossi College of Art Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Nossi College of Art Asian (2008-2012)
% Hispanic
Nossi College of Art Hispanic (2007-2013)
% Black
Nossi College of Art Black (2007-2013)
% White
Nossi College of Art White (2007-2013)
% Two or more races
Nossi College of Art More (2008-2010)
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.000.42
Nossi College of Art Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$24,900$29,500
Nossi College of Art Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

    % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%93%
    Nossi College of Art % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
    Median Debt for Graduates$29,500$17,000
    Nossi College of Art Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
    Median Debt for Dropouts$12,516$6,297
    Nossi College of Art Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
    Acceptance Rate61%74%
    Nossi College of Art Percent Admitted (2007-2016)


    Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
    ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
    Kappa Pi - Eta Tau, Nashville Fashion Alliance, Nossi Veteran's Group, NossiMICs (music industry club)
    Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

    School Notes

    • From graphic and web design to photography, motion graphics to 3D Animation, plus video and film career options, Nossi College of Art graduates have gone on to successful, professional careers in advertising, photography, computer graphics, video and film careers plus so much more. Nossi College of Art offers Associate and Bachelor's degrees in the professional arts - Photography, Graphic Design, Interactive and Web Design, Video & Film and Illustration.
    • We assist our students with financial aid for those who qualify and provide job placement assistance to all our graduates. With both day and night classes available year round our students are able to schedule classes around jobs and families.
    • Students who enroll can expect to receive instruction in a variety of courses designed to teach and train individuals to be professional, commercial artists. Classes in advertising, graphic design, illustration, photography and videography teach students critical time-saving techniques that enable them to ultimately produce work within deadlines and with the creative skill necessary in the industry. We also offer marketing, business and social media courses to better understand the business behind the methods. 
    • In Commercial Digital Photography, the curriculum includes experience in basic and advanced camera techniques, a strong emphasis on lighting and composition and understanding the changing digital world of photography and image creation. Sports, advertising, fashion, nature, digital retouching, basic and advanced Photoshop, are all combined to give the student the ability to seek entry-level positions in commercial art firms, advertising agencies, commercial photography studios as well as the ability to freelance.
    • For the Bachelor of Graphic Arts programs, students are taught in-depth techniques in traditional and digital technologies including web design and 3D animation in addition to general education classes that include commercial writing, art history and mass communication. Graduates hit the employment streets with a powerful portfolio that commands attention from both employers and clients alike. More importantly, our faculty will arm you with the conceptual, strategic, and critical thinking skills that will separate you from your peers and create leaders in the industry. 
    • The Bachelors Degree in Videography at Nossi College of Art highlights an emerging trend in video, incorporating graphic elements like motion graphics to short-format film. Video professionals are now being asked to do more with advances in technology, like uploading content directly to the web and understanding how to use graphics within video. Nossi's degree program concentrates on various aspects of video while incorporating graphic design, to enhance a student's skillset by deepening their understanding of the industry. In addition to fundamentals like writing, shooting, editing and directing, Nossi College also teaches design, marketing and business courses. 

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