Nestled upon 10 acres overlooking downtown Nashville, Tennessee since 2010, the Nossi College of Art (NCA) is a dynamic, up-and-coming school like no other. Its 55,000 square-foot facility offers the best in modern creative technology, such as video studios with green-screen, advanced iMac computer labs, photography cages and a fiber-optic wireless network. After all, “everything [NCA does] comes from the needs of the community,” according to Cyrus Vatandoost, son of founder Nossi Vatandoost. And the community is itching to study in any of five major program categories: two-year and four-year degrees are available in photography, video, illustration, graphic design media, and web/interactive design. A selective admissions process (less than half of applicants get in to Nossi) keeps class sizes small, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, and a unique shared-housing system helps students afford rent on fully-furnished apartments with all the amenities. Still think these folks will only end up as “starving artists?” Turn to NCA’s dedicated Careers Services staff, who help connect hundreds of students with valuable internships and provide guidance well after graduation. With all this going for it, Nossi College of Art could be called nothing short of a masterpiece!