Welcome, lifelong learners! Discover something new. Reinvent yourself at NOVA.

  • Expand your world while learning a new language
  • Make something amazing in our Ceramics Studio
  • Paint your life with new colors in our art classes
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Tune in to chorus class

NOVA offers a variety of classes in world languages, art, music, theater, and other disciplines that will help you rediscover what you love. We have convenient schedule choices and formats. Some classes meet online and some in person on campus in the classroom or a studio. You can receive college credit and a grade for a class or choose to audit the course, in which case no grade will be assigned.

Some of the Benefits of Lifelong Learning Include

  • Social connection and enjoyment
  • Practical life skills
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Cognitive improvement and reduced risk of memory loss

We Offer Three Semesters

  • Fall - late August to mid-December
  • Spring - late January to early May
  • Summer - mid-May to early August

There are multiple sessions of different lengths available so please check the college academic calendar.

Subject Courses Required Experience
American Sign Language* American Sign Language, Finger Spelling, History of the Deaf Community, Interpreting Foundations No experience is necessary. All levels including beginners are welcome. Placement assessment is necessary.
Art Ceramics Watercolor Painting, Drawing, Art History No experience is necessary. All levels including beginners are welcome.
English as a Second Language* Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Accent Reduction Levels beginner to advanced. Placement assessment is necessary.
Music Chorus, Class Voice, Ensemble, Violin, Piano, Flute No experience is necessary. All levels including beginners are welcome.
Theater Intro to Film, Screenwriting, Acting No experience is necessary. All levels including beginners are welcome.
World Languages* Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish Beginning 1 through Intermediate 2 (101, 102, 201, 202). Placement assessment is necessary.

* Placement assessment is necessary.

  • Course tuition is determined by the number of credits for each class and your residency status. Please click here for current rates and verify your eligibility for in-state tuition. Classes vary from 1 credit (Voice/Applied Music) to 4 credits (World Language classes). To learn the cost of the class, multiply the applicable tuition rate by the number of course credits.
  • If you are a legal resident of Virginia for one year and age 60 or older, you are encouraged to take advantage of free tuition provided by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974. Click here for more information on the senior tuition waiver.
  • Students are responsible for textbooks and other course material purchases.
  • Please note that students are responsible for tuition whether they audit the course or take it for credit unless they use the senior tuition waver.

STEP 1: Apply to NOVA

  • Complete your free application to NOVA and select the semester you want to start as "admit term".
  • Be sure to copy your EMPLID, username and password for future reference.
  • MyNOVA is an online education portal through which students register and pay for classes, and gain access to the course materials. You need to set up your access for the first-time use.

STEP 2: Select and Register for a Class

STEP 3: Pay Your Tuition

STEP 4: Get Ready to Attend Class

Accommodations & Accessibility

Under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disability services are available to you if you are currently enrolled, have a documented disability that substantially limits you in one or more of life's major activities, and are otherwise academically qualified. To use services in a NOVA class, you must apply online at NOVA's Accommodations and Accessibility Services page.