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Visual Arts Center

Where art exhibition and education intersect

Tidewater Community College has moved its visual arts programming to Norfolk Campus.

For more than 25 years, 340 High Street has served as more than a building to TCC. For many students, faculty and staff, the Visual Arts Center (VAC) became a second home. The building held a growing community and provided many students with the opportunity to explore various art forms, find their own voice and express themselves. As part of the next evolution of arts education at TCC, and to allow for growth and expansion of services to the community, the VAC has moved to the college’s Norfolk Campus.

Whether you want to transfer to a four-year program or pursue a creative career, the Visual Arts Center will help you expand the depth and complexity of your studio practice as well as your ability to think critically in the context of contemporary art theory.

Drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, glassblowing, videography – study it all under the guidance of our talented, experienced faculty who will engage your learning in small studio classes using the latest industry software and equipment.

I wanted to expand my skill set. The portfolio class basically got me my job. My bosses were impressed by it. When I took those classes, it opened up a new world.


With small class sizes and teacher-to-student ratios, you can expect engaged instruction and mentorship from working artists who are actively engaged in their field and know the building blocks for a career. Career planning and preparation, internships, networking opportunities – the VAC’s dedicated academic advising will hook you up with the resources you need for your academic and professional goals.

And our art education isn’t purely abstract; it leads to solid employment opportunities. You’ll leave the Visual Arts Center with a polished portfolio of work and the necessary professional skill set to help you make practical use of your creative dreams.