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Graphic Design

Associate of Applied Science

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Combine art and technology to communicate with the world

TCC’s Visual Arts Center houses 15 studios, two art history lecture rooms and two galleries that showcase student and professional art and design work

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Want to make a living with your creativity? Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design prepares you for a career in marketing and advertising, publishing, video production or web development. 

The program combines specialized computer skills with the professional sense of design necessary to create for print and the web. Course work in the graphic design program reflects the most up-to-date skills, technologies and competencies of the design field, including traditional print design, typography, photography, audio/video editing, interactive media and user experience design.

Classes are taught by graphic design professionals with industry knowledge and expertise at TCC's Visual Arts Center, where real-world projects are incorporated into instruction. 

You will compile a vast portfolio during the program, including logos, magazine layouts, marketing packages and other digital graphics. Your collection of art and design projects will communicate your strengths as a designer to potential employers.

Students in the Graphic Design program can specialize in Advertising Design or Multimedia.

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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 degree in graphic design consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly 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*:
66-67 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,233.10 - $12,418.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

If you graduate from TCC’s graphic design program, you can transfer directly into Bellevue University’s bachelor’s degree in graphic design or Chowan University’s bachelor’s degree in graphic communications or graphic design and be only 2 years away from a degree with even more earning potential.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • are creative
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working with computers
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Learn to create logos, magazine layouts, brochures, web pages or any other design project graphic artists are called upon to invent

You will have the opportunity to participate in the design of 340 High Street, an annual publication that showcases the best in student artwork

Graduates are proficient in Adobe Cloud technology


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