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The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville

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About The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville is located in a cultural hub of the mid-south. Nashville has a long and storied history in the encouragement and appreciation of all things artistic, particularly music. Creative types of all persuasions will be pleased with the numerous art galleries, art cafes, and other arts-based events around the city and the region. The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville is a new school, founded in 2006 as part of a system of more than forty schools across North America. The institute is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Arts Institutes International, Inc, and have a three-member Board of Directors.

The institute offers a number of arts-based degrees. Students in the film and video design program work toward the BFA. Students can expect to learn camera operation, lighting, Steadicam operation, linear and non-linear editing, compositing and sequencing, and more - hands on - from the very first quarter of study. Students in the program will become familiar with graphic design, color theory, scriptwriting, multi-camera production, and a variety of software applications, including AVID, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, and Adobe Premiere editing systems. The capstone for the program is a student portfolio and presentation or exhibit. Students also learn special visual effects and video graphics using computer applications such as Adobe After Effects.

The institute offers a two-year AA and four-year BFA in graphic design. The AA program begins with foundation classes in color and design, as well as computer skills, with a focus on page design, visual expression, print, and interactive production. The bachelor's program continues with the same theme, building on skills with additional courses in conceptual thinking, creativity, problem solving, advanced and specialized design skills, ending with a completed portfolio to show prospective employers.

Students may pursue a BFA in interior design. The program is based on the premise that interior design is both an art and a science. Students build on an art foundation of drawing, color, two and three-dimensional design. Upper-level courses provide students with the experience of learning to develop and carry out a design concept from space planning to selection of materials, finishes, color, and furnishings. Students will build a portfolio throughout their studies to share with prospective employers upon graduation.

The institute also offers the AA and BFA in Web design. Students in this program begin with art foundational skills in drawing and design theory, and progress in the AA program to interface design, media production, information architecture, and Web technologies. The bachelor's degree program explores a broader array of concepts and techniques, including non-linear narratives, creative media production, usability and accessibility, and advanced interactive projects. Students develop a digital portfolio to show prospective employers.

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville provides a variety of services to students, including academic, career, and personal counseling, study groups, and tutoring services. Federal, state, and institutional financial aid is available to qualified students in the forms of grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. The institute encourages students to participate in a variety of study-abroad programs in order to acquire exposure to creative minds from history and around the world. The institute has its own art supply store, making shopping for creative materials convenient and accessible for busy students.

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

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