Thursday, July 12, 2012

Eastwood Student Awarded Presidential Scholarship to Nossi College of Art

NASHVILLE, TN – Nossi College of Art has honored area high school students with the Presidential Scholarship for photography. These students have distinguished themselves by demonstrating an exceptional eye and ability in photography during high school. To qualify students must write a one page essay, obtain a letter of recommendation and provide a portfolio of work to the college. This scholarship is designed to help incoming students with tuition, books and equipment for class.

"Part of our philosophy is that no creative person, for financial reasons, be left behind in the pursuit of a college career," said Nossi Vatandoost, founder of Nossi College of Art. This scholarship was established in memory of her mother.

One recipient, Brittany Tytlandsvik, daughter of Casey and Debbie Tytlandsvik, graduated from Nashville School of the Arts in the spring. Tytlandsvik is a singer and songwriter who plans on using a photography degree to intertwine her two passions. Thomas was awarded $2,400 towards her degree and will begin classes this fall.

"I am very honored and blessed to receive this award," said Tytlandsvik. "Nossi College will let my creativity grow and give me direction, strength and leadership skills."

The photography program at Nossi College is the college’s most popular program, and has seen a lot of success over the years. Many of Nossi’s Local, District and National Student ADDY awards have been awarded to photography students. Nossi College attributes its success in photography to its instructors; all are adjunct, so they only teach part time while they continue a full time career in Nashville’s photography industry. Students at Nossi have an opportunity to learn about today’s business and creative worlds from photographers who live it every day.

Established in 1973, Nossi College of Art recently constructed a new campus just north of Downtown Nashville. Due to growing interest in its visual communications programs, the small, private college now offers bachelor and associate degrees in photography, graphic design, illustration and video. Nossi College is nationally accredited and authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.