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Studio Arts

Specialization in Glass

Associate of Applied Arts

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Learn a dynamic medium that has limitless possibilities

Study the arts in TCC's 33,000-square-foot Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth

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Glass is a dynamic medium with limitless possibilities. As a student in Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Arts in Studio Arts with a Specialization in Glass, you'll work with experienced professors and visiting artists in the Hot Shop to develop your skills in glassblowing and casting. In the Cold Shop, you will hone your expertise in fusing, slumping and glass painting.

Not only does this hands-on studio practice lead to a mastery of skills, it lays the foundation for a career working in the field.

At TCC's Visual Arts Center, you'll gain a technical foundation in glassblowing, learn the fundamentals of design and develop conceptual problem-solving skills by making work in response to specific prompts during the first year of the program. Second-year students develop a broad range of more complex techniques. Sculpture and 3-D design courses help refine and strengthen your skill set. You will complete several personalized projects.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC's Associate of Applied Arts in Studio Arts with Specialization in Glass consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with most classes at the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
64 credits x $185.35 per credit = $11,862.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Glass students are responsible for providing additional materials, including safety glasses and colors. Students in the glass specialization degree track are also encouraged to begin purchasing their own tools, which cost about $150 each.

Where can you go?

Courses from the glass specialization are transferrable to corresponding programs at 4-year colleges and universities. The Associate of Applied Science in Studio Arts is transferrable to such colleges as James Madison University and Virginia Wesleyan College.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are creative
  • are capable of hands-on crafting
  • work well in fast-paced environments
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Glass students have access to a fully equipped rooftop glassblowing facility with tools, molds and kilns

TCC’s Visual Arts Center houses 15 studios, a rooftop glassblowing lab and a gallery that showcases student and professional artwork

Scholarships are available through the annual Student Art Awards


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