Applied Visual Arts Department Programs

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.


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.


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.

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