Visual Arts Center

Explore degree programs in graphic design and studio arts at the Visual Arts Center (VAC) at Tidewater Community College. The VAC is a state-of-the-art, three-story facility with its own gallery located in the heart of Olde Towne Portsmouth.

Graphic design programs

Prepare for a career in marketing, advertising, web development or web design by pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in a visually inspiring field.

Graphic Design

Compile a professional portfolio that will include logos, magazine layouts and other digital graphics.

Specialization in Advertising Design

Master all the tools for a career as a layout artist, copywriter or graphic designer.

Specialization in Multimedia

Learn the latest software to create digital images and develop a variety of digital media.

Studio art programs

Love to work with your hands? Create artwork that ranges from photographs to paintings to drawings to sculptures by pursuing an Associate of Applied Arts.

Studio Arts

Explore a variety of disciplines, including drawing, photography, pottery, painting and printmaking.

Specialization in Glass

Learn glassblowing and casting on our rooftop Hot Shop and hone your expertise in fusing and slumping.

Photographic Media Arts

Build a professional portfolio while you gain proficiency in in lighting, camera techniques and video editing.

Specialization in Pre-Art Therapy

Combine creativity with psychotherapy to help others using art as a medium.

Dedicated academic counseling

Call 757-822-1820 to schedule an appointment with an advisor who will help you choose the classes that meet your educational and career goals.

College Art Association

TCC is a member of the College Art Association, which promotes excellence in scholarships and teachings in the history and criticism of the visual arts.

Meet VAC alumni

Meet some of our most successful alums! If you’re an alum and want to share your story, email

340 High Street

The VAC’s annual magazine showcases the best work created by the talented students there. Students design every detail of the magazine from start to finish.

Student Art League

The Student Art League meets monthly at the VAC to expand educational opportunities to its members and to promote creative ideas among its student artists.

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Arts @ TCC

Arts @ TCC is your guide to the fine and performing arts and cultural events happening at TCC. 

exterior shot of TCC Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VAThe VAC is located at 340 High St., in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Call 757-822-1888 for more info. Gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  View directions, maps & parking info

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