MTSU officials say university stands ready to assist displaced Art Institute students

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MTSU senior Andrew Stephens, left, and junior Austin Forsberg, both video and film production majors in the College of Media and Entertainment, prepare a camera June 7 for use on the Who Stage at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The university is encouraging students of the Art Institute of Nashville, which has suspended enrollment, to consider MTSU programs like video and film production, art and design, animation, photography, audio production, fashion, and culinary arts to continue their higher education. (MTSU file photo by Andrew Oppmann)

Middle Tennessee State University officials said Thursday, July 5, that they stand ready to assist Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville students affected by the institution's decision to suspend enrollment.

A notice on the institute's website said the Nashville location, a branch of its Atlanta location, "is not currently enrolling students" and directed students to call if interested in "an Art Institute program of study at another location or online."

Debra Sells, MTSU's vice president of student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services, said some displaced students have already contacted the university to express an interest in transferring.

The institute's website listed programs for art, design, animation, film and video production, photography, audio production, and fashion and culinary. Those topics are taught by departments within MTSU's Colleges of Liberal Arts, Media and Entertainment, and Behavioral and Health Sciences.

Sells said interested students would have to meet MTSU's admissions requirements. Students must have either a 3.0 high school grade-point average, a score of 22 or higher on the ACT, at least a 19 on the ACT with a 2.7 GPA in high school, or at least 24 college-level credit hours with a 2.0 college GPA.

"Fall semester enrollment at MTSU is still possible for qualified students who submit all credentials and other requirements quickly," Sells said.

She added that Art Institute students seeking information should contact Jeana Neir, MTSU's transfer enrollment coordinator, at or 615-898-5330.


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