TNCC Expands Computer Arts Offerings at its Historic Triangle Campus

Published: December 10, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will introduce an array of new opportunities for Computer Arts students at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg. The spring 2010 semester will include expanded course offerings and partnerships that will enable students to work with artists in the Williamsburg community.

Cece Wheeler, Professor of Art and Computer Arts Department Head at TNCC, hopes to provide community exposure for TNCC’s Computer Arts students through a relationship with the Williamsburg Symphonia which has numerous performances annually and boasts an extensive patron/subscriber list. “They have asked my video students to edit short clips of movies to be played at the Symphonia Movie Night concert in February at the historic Kimball Theatre,” Wheeler said.

Although planning for the event is in the preliminary stages, Wheeler is excited because the collaboration will give students valuable hands-on experience that will also impact the overall Computer Arts program. “It affords us the opportunity to create a wonderful relationship with our students and the Williamsburg community,” Wheeler said.

The students will couple their community exposure with several classes that will be new to the Historic Triangle campus. These courses include:

  • ART 208: Video Techniques
  • ART 141: Typography I
  • ART 283: Computer Graphics I
  • ART 295: Using Art and Technology to Publish Student Writing
  • ART 122: Drawing II
  • ART 132: Fundamentals of Design II
  • ART 101: History and Appreciation of Art I
  • ART 102: History and Appreciation of Art II

The earnings outlook is bright for Computer Arts animators as the field continues to broaden, according to NewswireToday. The publication notes that the latest survey from Knowledge Wave International in 2008 indicated that 51 percent of respondents earned between $40,000 and $80,000 while 30 percent of those surveyed earned under $40,000. The 2008 survey also showed steady growth in higher salary ranges over those of 2007 with 4 percent of respondents earning between $80,000 and $100,000.

Spring classes begin Saturday, January 9 and registration is underway at TNCC. New and returning students can choose from more than 50 areas of study with classes offered at our Historic Triangle campus as well as the Hampton campus. Students can also attend classes at the Southeast Higher Education Center in An Achievable Dream Middle and High School in Newport News or complete courses online. Five, eight and sixteen-week sessions are available.

For a complete list of courses and to register, visit Thomas Nelson Community College online at

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