SFCC

Applied Visual Arts Department

AVA Programs of Study

Digital Media Production

The Digital Media Production AAS-T degree in an interdisciplinary study of photography, journalism and documentary video production that prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of communication fields such as news reporting, photojournalism, video journalism, marketing, and public relations. The Digital Media Production AAS-T degree will allow students to draw upon the strengths of various existing departments to help develop the skills necessary to succeed in various, rapidly evolving field centered around media production. By bringing together resources from journalism, photography, graphic design, web design, and audio technology, the AAS-T degree in Digital Media Production will help students develop skills in photography and video production, journalistic storytelling, audio capture, web design, and the clear and concise presentation of content through an understanding of the elements and principles of good design.

Graphic Design

The Spokane Falls Graphic Design Program has a proud thirty year history and has established a strong reputation of excellence in the Northwest. With active guidance from our advisory committee of local professionals, the program is continually updated to reflect, or predict, the latest trends in the business. Inter-linked courses simulate industry environments and require students to develop self-directed learning skills. The project-oriented curriculum focuses on print design and the logic of page layout, image manipulation and vector drawing. Students are also introduced to non-print media.

Interior Design

The interior design program at Spokane Falls Community College offers a broad-based and professionally relevant curriculum designed to enable graduates to successfully compete for jobs and to function as interior designers. Students who enter the program have various alternatives. The two-year program prepares students to obtain employment in residential-oriented retail establishments such as wall covering and furniture stores. Completing an optional third year will qualify students for entry-level positions as professional interior designers and will emphasize commercial design, business, communications and advanced design specialty courses. These students prepare a portfolio and complete at least 165 hours of internship designed to ease the transition from school to work.

Journalism

The journalism program at SFCC combines traditional classroom instruction led by instructors with real-world experience with hands-on, student-led labs that reflect current newsroom environments. In addition to taking courses in Mass Media, Newswriting, Multimedia Journalism, and Digital News Production, students produce The Communicator (a biweekly newspaper), The Communicator Online (a news website) and The Current (a student-focused television program) as well as various podcasts and special projects. Student publications compete with two- and four-year colleges on a national level. In 2009 and 2010, the Communicator Online won the Associated Collegiate Press's highest honor, the Pacemaker. Students have also captured three Society for Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards for best student publication, best audio program, and reporter of the year.

Photography

Founded in 1965, the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College is an intensive two-year study of visual communications. With guidance from an advisory committee made up of employers and working professionals, the photography program is constantly updated to reflect current industry standards. Students explore career opportunities in commercial illustration, corporate communications, photojournalism and portraiture, and have opportunities to interact with industry through field trips, guest speakers and cooperative work experiences. First-year students learn the fundamentals of lighting and composition while surveying career fields. Second-year students complete projects with real world scenarios and focus on prevailing trends in technology.

Faculty and Staff

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

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Blue-Blanton, Cynthia; Interior Design Instructor

Blue-Blanton, Cynthia; Interior Design Instructor Office: 16-138

Phone: (509) 533-3731

Email: Cynthia.Blue-Blanton@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Cynthia has been a faculty member with the Interior Design program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1992. She currently teaches courses in residential design studio, history of furniture and interiors, textiles, introduction to interior design, professional practices, and historic preservation techniques.

Cynthia serves as an interior design consultant on a variety of commercial preservation and restoration projects for architectural and interior design firms. She also works and in conjunction with several local builders and architects on residential design. Cynthia is a certified interior designer through NCIDQ and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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Casstevens, Margot; Instructor

Casstevens, Margot; Instructor Office: 6-105

Phone: (509) 533-3705

Email: Margot.Casstevens@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Margot joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009 and currently teaches design drawing, sketching, and rendering techniques for the Interior Design and Fine Arts programs. She received her BFA in drawing and printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA in printmaking and sculpture from the University of South Florida.

Margot’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She and her husband started Punctum Studios in 2000, and both artists have created some well-known and award-winning pieces.

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Crabtree, Doug; Graphic Design Instructor

Crabtree, Doug; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 19-223

Phone: (509) 533-3717

Email: Doug.Crabtree@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Doug has been a faculty member in the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1998. He teaches print production, multimedia technology, and self-paced classes on a variety of subjects. Doug also oversees students’ cooperative education experience.

Doug is the Advisor to The Wire Harp, an annual campus literary and arts magazine, and is a board member for the American Advertising Federation.

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Dietz, RL; Photography Instructor

Dietz, RL; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: RL.Dietz@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
RL majored in communication studies and photography at Whitworth University. He has been a member of the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 2000, specializing in analog darkroom courses.

RL has been a freelance photographic printer and master printer. He has also worked as a consultant for photo finishing labs throughout the United States. He continues to be an active photographer with a portfolio of over 100,000 images. He is best known for his astrophotography of comets and aurora borealis (northern lights) and his documentation of two 1,200-mile artic wilderness canoe expeditions. His most recent portfolios feature images from excursions to Florida and Reykjavik, Iceland.

RL is a member of the Spokane Astronomical Society and owner of Barrens Fine Photographic.

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Doerr, Mark; Instructor

Doerr, Mark; Instructor Office: 24-240

Phone: (509) 533-3828

Email: Mark.Doerr@sfcc.spokane.edu

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Mark has been a faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College since 1981. He is also a member of the Faculty Association of Community and Technical Colleges. Mark currently teaches classes in mass media, news writing, and news production and is also an instructor in the English department.

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French, Debbie; Interior Design Instructor

French, Debbie; Interior Design Instructor Office: 19-112

Phone: (509) 533-3715

Email: Debbie.French@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Debbie joined the Spokane Falls Community College faculty in 2010 and teaches CAD classes in the Interior Design program.

She is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is a member of the Interior Design Coalition of Washington and International Interior Design Association. Debbie is also works as an interior design consultant in the Spokane area.

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Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor

Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor Office: 11-112

Phone: (509) 533-3728

Email: Ira.Gardner@sfcc.spokane.edu

Photography
Ira joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997, teaching classes in still photography, digital media production, and documentary filmmaking. He majored in communication studies and journalism at Eastern Washington University and has pursued graduate studies in fine art, media theory, and filmmaking at Vermont College and The New School University in New York.

Ira has worked full time as a professional photographer since 1989 and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995. His work emphasizes storytelling whether in words or photographs. He works with digital and film-based cameras up to 8x10.

Ira has served on the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of Washington and is currently Chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education. In addition to teaching, he also does freelance projects including book publishing, gallery exhibitions, and commercial photography assignments.

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Heidle, Carl; Graphic and Interior Design Instructor

Heidle, Carl; Graphic and Interior Design Instructor Office: 19-216A

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Carl.Heidle@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Carl graduated from Montana State University in 1996 and began his career as a graphic designer for a regional agency which brought him to Spokane in early 1998. He joined the graphic design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2012 and in 2014 began teaching for the interior design program as well.

Carl has served as president, board member, and committee chair of the Spokane Advertising Federation and continues to be involved as an active member. He has also served as a member of the Graphic Design Advisory Committee for Spokane Falls Community College.

In his work as a senior art director, Carl led an award-winning team of graphic designers and developers working with a wide range of clients in the Spokane area. He has since extended his services as an independent designer and consultant.

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Heinzen, Richard; Instructor

Heinzen, Richard; Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3725

Email: Richard.Heinzen@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
An award-winning photographer, Richard joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2001. He has a solid background in photography, with work in in portrait, commercial, newspaper, and the motion picture industries. His studio focuses on nature, commercial, industrial, architectural, and advertising subjects. Richard’s travels with his camera have taken him across the United States, into Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

Represented by an international photographic library, Richard's images appear worldwide and in publications such as The Smithsonian, Seventeen, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Huffman, Tanja; Interior Design Instructor (Department Chair)

Huffman, Tanja; Interior Design Instructor (Department Chair) Office: 16-140A

Phone: (509) 533-7332

Email: Tanja.Huffman@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Tanja is the lead and primary advisor for the Interior Design program. She joined the Spokane Falls Community College faculty in 2002 and teaches a variety of courses across the curriculum including design studios, lighting design, materials, and building systems.

Tanja is also a member of the Facilities & Grounds Committee and the Academic Consulting Leadership Team for Spokane Falls Community College.

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Kaminski, Richard; Instructor

Kaminski, Richard; Instructor Office: 19-216A

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Richard.Kaminski2@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Rick joined the faculty of the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College in 2011 and currently teaches web development. He earned his master’s degree in Computer Science in 1990 and worked as a consultant writing software applications and developing databases for companies such as Adobe, Eddie Bauer, and Safeco Insurance. Rick began working as a freelance web developer in 2008 when he established his own company, Capstone Web Services.

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Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor

Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: Colin.Mulvany@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Colin is an award winning multimedia producer and staff photographer at The Spokesman-Review, a 100,000-circulation newspaper that covers Eastern Washington and North Idaho. After 18 years as a staff photojournalist, Mulvany made the transition to online storytelling by becoming his newspaper’s first multimedia producer in 2004. He has produced hundreds of video feature stories and audio slideshows.

Mulvany has been honored for his photography and multimedia in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, Society of Newspaper Design, the National Headliners Awards and the National Press Photographer Association’s Monthly Multimedia Contest. In 2005 he was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as being a leading expert in the emerging field of multimedia storytelling and is a sought after national speaker.

Colin has been teaching classes in the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1999.

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Nix, Jason; Journalism Instructor

Nix, Jason; Journalism Instructor Office: 15-210

Phone: (509) 533-4185

Email: Jason.Nix@sfcc.spokane.edu

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Jason has been a faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College since 2005. Prior to moving to Spokane, he was an award-winning reporter for newspapers in Alabama and Georgia. Jason has also worked as a freelance reporter in the Dominican Republic, where he served as the English Language Coordinator for a private bilingual high school.

Jason is a graduate of Auburn University and has completed additional training at the University of Southern California and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He is a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

As the lead instructor in the Journalism program, Jason oversees program direction and course development, and teaches courses in multimedia news production, print news production, mass media, and news writing. He is the adviser for The Communicator, Communicator Online, and The Current, a news-based television program.

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Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor

Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: Melissa.Rackham@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Melissa joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009. She has also taught at the University of Memphis. Melissa holds an MFA in photography from University of Memphis, a BA from Eastern Washington University, and an AA in photojournalism from Big Bend Community College.

With professional experience as a photojournalist, studio owner, and fine art photographer, Melissa teaches alternative processes, photographic appreciation, and both analog and digital photography courses.

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Roys, June; Graphic Design Instructor

Roys, June; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 19-221

Phone: (509) 533-3425

Email: June.Roys@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
June became a member of the Graphic Design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2014 and teaches design process, design technology, history of design, self-paced classes, and student cooperative education experience.

June has an MFA from Edinboro University, a BS in Education from Youngstown State University, and an AAB from Lakeland Community College. She worked as a designer in the Cleveland and Atlanta markets for five years before entering the education field, and her digital work and photography has been exhibited in national and regional juried exhibitions. June is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Seattle Chapter.

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Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor

Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3832

Email: Erik.Sohner@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Erik brings over 25 years of professional experience and a high degree of creativity and technical knowledge to the classroom. He has been a faculty member in the photography department at Spokane Falls Community College since 1998. He teaches many of the beginning and advanced application/theory and lighting classes in both studio and location environments and is involved in curriculum development for the photography program.

Erik’s background is primarily in commercial advertising and catalog photography having worked for some of the top studios in the Pacific Northwest and running his own studio in Spokane. He also has a strong background in both analog and digital photographic applications and software. Outside of teaching, Erik pursues his passion for personal fine art and commissioned projects.

Erik holds an AAS degree from the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College. He continued his education at Brooks Institute where he earned a BA degree and was awarded the coveted Illustration and Advertising Departmental Award for outstanding achievement. He also earned an MFA in photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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Stemkoski, Ryan; Graphic Design Instructor

Stemkoski, Ryan; Graphic Design Instructor Office: 19-202

Phone: (509) 533-3425

Email: Ryan.Stemkoski@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Ryan teaches web development classes in the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College. He joined the faculty in 2011. He is also the Interactive Director at Zipline Interactive which specializes in developing branded marketing solutions that work in the real world.

Ryan believes that marketing plans, corporate identity, collateral sales material, product packaging, and websites must all work together to create a unified and goal-directed experience.

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Stiles, Greg (Gregory); Graphic Design Instructor

Stiles, Greg (Gregory); Graphic Design Instructor Office: 19-229

Phone: (509) 533-3708

Email: Greg.Stiles@sfcc.spokane.edu

Graphic and Web Design
Greg joined the graphic design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997 and currently teaches design techniques, design process, and a variety of self-paced classes. He earned his BA and MEd from Eastern Washington University and is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in InDesign.

Greg is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Spokane Advertising Federation. He has received awards from several design competitions including the Society of Technical Communicators Northwest, International Association of Business Communicators and Broadcast Design Association, the Spokane Advertising Federation, and Print’s Regional Design Annual. He was selected as the Spokane Advertising Professional (Ad Pro) of the year in 2010.

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Wimmer, Alicia; Instructor

Wimmer, Alicia; Instructor Office: 19-216A

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Alicia.Wimmer@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
A graduate of the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College, Alicia has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in Teaching Visual Arts from Eastern Washington University.

Alicia began working in the field of graphic design in 2006 and joined the Graphic Design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2014. She has experience working at an advertising agency and as a freelance designer and has been teaching art and design courses since 2012. She continues to do freelance design, and practices traditional and modern art mediums.

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