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Live! From inside the classroom

In this series, we provide a closer look at hands-on learning during

While COVID-19 means online learning for most Tidewater Community College students, some are back in the classroom for hands-on training. In fact, more than 400 sections of classes in interior design, automotive, health professions, welding, veterinary technology, culinary arts, visual arts, electronics technology and other programs have on-campus components. 

A peek at an Interior Design classroom

Step inside Theory and Techniques of Interior Design for an animated discussion about mood boards, drafting techniques and color theory. You’ll also see splashy videos on the same topics.

The course, IDS 100, covers drafting and presentation, color theory, coordination, space planning and arrangement of furnishings.

“I love being able to see my students and know they are getting the concepts,” said Professor Lana Sapozhnikov.

 “The introduction class teaches students the whole process of design from start to finish. It explains to them all the things that they will encounter in the real world.”

Tips for learning

Vonyea Pippins, a first year student, in the interior design lab on Chesapeake Campus.

During labs, ask questions! Also, bring your supplies, which for interior design students include drafting paper, colored pencils and pens. Keep your mask on and hand sanitizer at the ready.

Student voices

“I’m glad to be back in class,” said Bailey McDaniel, a second year student who transferred to TCC from Coastal Carolina University.

“I decided to come home for a cheaper, in-person option,” McDaniel said. “I love interior design.  So far, so good.”

“It feels good being here. I feel safe, and I like being in class more than online,” added Fatima Jaffar.

Vonyea Pippins, a new student said, “I like the program. It’s different because of COVID. We are spaced out, and the labs only have 10 people. I’m comfortable here.”

Recent Hickory High graduate Colleen Morris, added, “It’s better to be here than not in class. I like everything so far, and I’m enjoying more freedom than I had in high school. TCC is definitely a good option for people.”

About the professor

Lana Sapozhnikov owns her own interior design and home staging business. She is knowledgeable about green design and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified designer.

About the program

TCC’s interior design program provides a foundation in both commercial and residential design. And it is one of two programs offered within Virginia’s Community Colleges, providing an affordable option to private design schools. TCC interior design lab includes state-of-the-art equipment and a work room full of supplies and samples to inspire any budding designer.

For more information about the interior design program, email Jennifer Hopkins.