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About Nashville

Nashville is known as "Music City USA." It's the capital of Tennessee, located on the Cumberland River. In recent years, Nashville has become a major hub for the health care, publishing, and transportation industries.

Founded in 1779, the city grew quickly as a major river port and a railroad center. While it was the first state capital to fall to Union troops during the Civil War, the city quickly rebounded after the war and soon became an important shipping and trading center. These healthy economic times left Nashville with a legacy of grand classical-style buildings.

In 1925, The Grand Ole Opry put Nashville on the map as a music mecca. Today, the city also is home to a the Tennessee Titans football team, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, the Nashville Opera, and the Nashville Ballet. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Museums and galleries can be found around the city, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The city's Centennial Park, with its full-sized replica of The Parthenon, offers 132 beautiful acres of green space.

Major employers in the region include Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Nissan North American, Randstad, HCA Holdings Incorporated, Electrolux Home Products, and Verizon Wireless.

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What Makes Nashville Special?

In 2013, Forbes listed Nashville as one of the best places in the country for businesses and careers.

History of Tennessee

The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville is located near the unique skyline of downtown Nashville. The school provides creative educations in design, media arts, culinary, and fashion.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Tennessee--Nashville is home to industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience. These include:

  • Specialized labs for design, media arts, and fashion
  • Professional skills kitchens and dining labs
  • Mac and PC computer labs
  • Library
  • Student Lounge
  • Bookstore

The library maintains a quality collection of books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and online databases—and provides access to remote resources through Internet access.

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing located close to campus. These furnished apartments may include amenities including workout facilities, a club house, pool, and hot tub. Trash, water, electric, and telephone costs are included in the housing charges; students are responsible for cable television and internet charges. Depending on eligibility, student housing costs may be included in the student financial aid package.

Membership in field-related societies and groups gives students the opportunity to network with industry professionals, take part in educational programs, and get involved in community outreach projects. Students are encouraged to get involved with student and professional organizations. The school offers the following services to help students during their time at The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville:

  • Special events/workshops on health or wellness related areas
  • Information on human services in the local area
  • Assistance with study habits, time management, stress management, communication, problem solving, and the transition to school
  • Coordination of disability services for students who qualify in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Referral to short term counseling provided by the Student Assistance Program for students in need of emotional support or guidance
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