degrees & certificates

Welcome to Thomas Nelson Community College (becoming Virginia Peninsula Community College) Visual Arts Department.


The Visual Arts Department at Thomas Nelson offers two degree options in the creative arts and two career studies certificates; an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic and Media Design, and an Associate of  Fine Arts in Visual Arts. These curriculums merge traditional art skills in drawing and design with new media and the latest industry-standard software. Instruction provides a foundation of creative problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, and visual communication theory.


Our Career Studies Certificates in Digital Video, and Photography prepare students as entry-level professionals in the industry of video, multimedia design, and photography. Click the link below to learn more about our programs.

graphic & media design courses

Fundamentals of Design I

Introduction to Digital Photography

Typography I

Computer Graphics I

Drawing I

History of Design

Communication Design I

Multimedia Graphic Design I

Computerized Graphic Design I

Computerized Graphic Design II

Interactive Design I

Interactive Design II

Portfolio and Resume Preparation

Click here for the complete course listing for the Graphic and Media Design Degree. 

fine art courses

Drawing I

Fundamentals of Design I

Introduction to Digital Photography

Drawing II

Fundamentals of Design II


History and Appreciation of Art I

Computer Graphics I

Seminar and Project

Figure Drawing

Visual Art Studio Elective

Click here for the complete course listing for the Associate of Fine Arts Degree.

visual arts at thomas nelson

Students working in photography studio

 photography studio

drone photography courses

drawing and painting studio

College Students working at the computer together

video collaboration projects

Students continued working together this summer on collaborative and individual video production projects. 


Thomas Nelson

Your Creative Career Starts Here!

An afforable & Convient option 



Digital Video




Use your Associate Degree to transfer to a 4-year college, or your certificate to enter the workforce.

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learn industry software

Learn the Adobe Creative Cloud!

The Adobe Creative Cloud is the 

Industry Standard for Creatives.

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