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Graphic Design

Specialization in Multimedia

Associate of Applied Science

students learning multimedia design fundamentals at TCC's Visual Arts Center

Combine art and technology to communicate with the world

Graduates are proficient in Adobe Cloud technology

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The future of communication is digital — industry needs designers capable of shaping information, video and graphics and delivering it to the world. Tidewater Community College's Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design with a specialization in Multimedia builds on the fundamental principles of interactive design and motion graphics, graphic design and videography.

Creating an engaging and interactive online experience requires a keen grasp of graphic and multimedia design. At TCC's Visual Arts Center, you will learn how to use the latest industry software to create digital images and develop a variety of graphic media including web pages and marketing collateral. From Internet content to advertising projects, students create a wide array of digital media to build a professional portfolio.

Graduates of this program can continue their education in graphic design or find immediate employment as web page designers, motion graphic artists or interactive media designers. 

Start designing your future today!

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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 studio arts with a specialization in multimedia 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*:
65 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,047.75 (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 two 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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State-of-the-art graphic design Mac labs, including a new multimedia lab with a video studio and 2 sound editing rooms

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

TCC’s Visual Arts Center houses 15 studios, 2 history lecture rooms, an art library and 2 galleries

Student success

Multimedia student Megan Hodges wins local mural design contest

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Combining art and technology to communicate ideas


Grace Richardson plans to become an interactive designer after earning her associate at TCC