Agreement between Paul D. Camp and Tidewater community colleges allows students to transfer credits to TCC’s Studio Arts program

An agreement established by two local community colleges will allow students who have completed the General Education Certificate at Paul D. Camp Community College to transfer the 33 credits to Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Arts in Studio Arts.
“A large number of students, particularly our Suffolk residents, enroll each year in TCC’s Associate of Applied Arts in Studio Arts,” said PDCCC Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “This agreement will allow students to take half the credits needed for the A.A.A. degree from PDCCC, earn the General Education Certificate from PDCCC, and do so more economically.”
The studio arts program at TCC gives students extensive studio experience and prepares them for employment in art-related venues, such as museums, art centers and galleries.
“While this partnership allows students the opportunity to earn a General Education Certificate and the A.A.A. in Studio Arts, it also provides options of completing specializations within the Studio Arts degree,” said Christina Rupsch, director of TCC’s Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth. “These specializations include Photographic Media Arts, Glass and Pre-Art Therapy.”
In order to complete the General Education certificate with credits that transfer to TCC’s program, students will take Drawing I, College Composition I and II, College Success Skills, Principles of Public Speaking, History of World Civilization I and II, a Social Science elective, Math elective and Lab Science sequence.
“We are very excited about this partnership, which increases educational opportunities for students at an affordable cost through collaboration with our sister college,” Atkins-Brady said.
Rupsch approached Atkins-Brady approximately a year ago regarding the creation of a transfer agreement such as this.
Atkins-Brady said Rupsch was “instrumental in vetting the idea with TCC leadership, including Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daniel DeMarte, Portsmouth Campus Provost Dr. Michelle Woodhouse and Associate Vice President for Academics Dr. Kellie Sorey.”
“Our institutions worked together on the necessary programmatic revisions and other details to develop an agreement that is a win-win for our shared students and the colleges,” Atkins-Brady said.
The transfer agreement is effective for the upcoming academic year. PDCCC classes begin Aug. 21. Interested students should consult their PDCCC advisor and review the program requirements in each college’s catalog. The PDCCC College Catalog is available online at The TCC College Catalog is available online at