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Want to take better pictures? Consider new TCC career studies certificate

Whether you want to be the best photographer on your block or plan to go into business, Tidewater Community College’s new career studies certificate provides an ideal foundation.

The Career Studies Certificate in Photographic Media Arts will be introduced this fall. The 27-credit program combines photographic imaging and digital media along with technical camera skills. Students will be able to access industry-current equipment, studio facilities and computer labs at the college’s Visual Arts Center in Olde Town Portsmouth.

“Today’s budding photographers are already fairly sophisticated when it comes to the use of digital media,” said Tom Siegmund, program head. “This certificate is ideal for them and for those interested in upgrading their existing photographic skill set.”

The certificate prepares students for jobs in the photography industry, such as agency photographer, art center educator, photographer’s assistant, freelance photographer and fine art photographer.

Students interested in continuing to develop their skills will be able to apply all their credits to TCC’s Associate of Applied Arts in Studio Arts: Specialization in Photographic Media Arts.

Many of the classes that fall under the new certificate are only eight weeks in length. Evening, online and hybrid classes are available.

For information, contact Siegmund at or 757-822-1819.