Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Arts in Studio Arts allows you to explore your interests in art history, drawing, glassblowing, cold glass, photography, videography, painting and drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Graduates leave the program with skills in creative problem solving, critical analysis and research.
At TCC's Visual Arts Center, you'll hone your artistic ability by working directly with faculty who support independent and creative expression. This program focuses on conceptual, historical, theoretical and technical skill development. Through study and studio work, students produce a comprehensive body of work that demonstrates principles and elements of design and development of technical proficiency. Students also benefit from a variety of enrichment activities, including the development of a student magazine, field trips to Washington, D.C, Richmond, and New York City, internships, student art contests and exhibition opportunities.
The associate degree in studio arts is awarded to students in three areas of specialization: glass, photographic media arts and pre-art therapy. Graduates are prepared for a career in the art field as a photographer, videographer, gallery owner or museum curator.
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
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 contribute to 340 High Street, an annual publication that showcases the best in student artwork
The Visual Arts Center boasts over 2,000 square feet of professional exhibition space
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 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 credits x $176.60 per credit = $11,655.60 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2016 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
Students are responsible for providing additional materials, such as cameras, memory devices, print materials and safety glasses. The total cost of the program largely depends on the quality and amount of equipment purchased by the student.
Want to continue your studies towards a bachelor’s degree? If you graduate from TCC’s studio art program you can transfer directly into any one of James Madison University’s studio art or art history programs or Virginia Wesleyan College’s studio arts program. Students have also gone on to study in art programs at Chowan University, Belleview University and Norfolk State University.