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Associate of Fine Arts

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Build a foundation in performance, music theory and history

TCC is the first community college in Virginia to offer an Associate of Fine Arts in Music

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Does music move your soul? Do you have a passion for performing? Then consider the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music at Tidewater Community College.

TCC is the first community college in Virginia to offer an AFA in Music for students interested in pursuing careers in music education, sound technology, music performance, composition or even music therapy.

The associate degree combines music with liberal arts studies. The degree includes many of the general education requirements for the first 2 years of a bachelor’s degree and is intended to facilitate transfer to any public 4-year institution in Virginia.

You will build a foundation in performance, music theory and history. You will gain new levels of confidence – and college credit – by joining an ensemble group in chorus, jazz or orchestra.

The associate degree is the companion degree for the college’s Career Studies Certificate in Music. All credits earned through the certificate can be applied to this new degree.

Areas of study include:

  • Applied instruction in the student's major instrument or voice
  • Ensemble groups to enhance performance skills
  • Music theory and ear training
  • Piano class to include music sight reading
  • Benchmark performances that prepare students to audition for bachelor’s degree programs
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What does this program cost?

TCC's Associate of Fine Arts consists of 63 credits, with classes held mainly on the Norfolk Campus.

If your schedule does not permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
63 credits x $185.35 per credit = $11,677.05 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

The Associate of Fine Arts is intended to facilitate transfer to any public four-year institution in Virginia. Acceptance into a baccalaureate music program is pending a student’s successful audition.

Is this program for you?

Successful students:

  • are passionate about music
  • are excited about performing in ensembles
  • believe practice may not make perfect, but it does improve results
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Classes offered on the Norfolk Campus with day and evening classes available.

Specialized classrooms and practice rooms are outfitted with music stands and grand pianos. In addition, you can practice piano and music sight reading in the piano lab.

Perform in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center by joining chorus, jazz, string or percussion ensembles. 


Meet Mark Denison, program head for Music at the Norfolk Campus

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