The planned closure of the Art Institute of Tennessee, Nashville is causing a ripple effect for area colleges offering art programs.
Those colleges have seen an uptick in Art Institute students and those who were considering the school turning to them for their education.
Last week, the art school’s parent company announced it was determining the viability of its campuses. Soon after, Dream Center Education Holdings announced it would discontinue campus-based programs at 17 art institute campuses nationwide. It also announced closures for Argosy Universty and South University campuses.
Nossi College of Art and Watkins College of Art and Design both have seen students turn to them.
Officials at Belmont University, which recently acquired O’More College of Design, weren’t able to respond to the impact of the art institute’s closure by deadline Thursday.
“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 intent to transfer as many courses as possible. We want these students to have a positive experience here at Nossi College.”
Watkins College of Art officials also are seeing students turn to them, said Brendan Tapley, a school spokesman.
“Approximately 20 individuals have reached out to request information and take a tour,” he said.
Across Middle Tennessee, displaced students have also reached out to Middle Tennessee State University.
School officials last week said some displaced students had already reached out to the MTSU Murfreesboro campus to express an interest in transferring.
Dream Center Education Holdings acquired the schools in November 2017.
The company’s website says its decision will redirect prospective students to one of its other campuses or its online offerings.
“Current, active students should continue to attend class as scheduled,” the statement from the company says. “We will support current students by offering multiple options to continue their education.”
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