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.


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.

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.

Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
  Blue-Blanton, Cynthia; Interior Design Instructor (509) 533-3731 16-138 Cynthia.Blue-Blanton@sfcc.spokane.edu
Faculty Website Boccaccio, Anthony; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3726 11-108 Anthony.Boccaccio@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Crabtree, Doug; Graphic Design Instructor (509) 533-3717 19-223 Doug.Crabtree@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Duncan, Tom; Instructional Tech (Photography) (509) 533-3726 11-115 Tom.Duncan@sfcc.spokane.edu
  French, Debbie; Interior Design Instructor (509) 533-3715 19-112 Debbie.French@sfcc.spokane.edu
Photography Photography Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3728 11-112 Ira.Gardner@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Gross, Ray; Instructor (509) 533-3715 019-0227 Ray.Gross@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Heidle, Carl; Graphic and Interior Design Instructor (509) 533-4181 19-216A Carl.Heidle@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Heinzen, Richard; Instructor (509) 533-3725 11-108 Richard.Heinzen@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Huffman, Tanja; Interior Design Instructor (Department Chair) (509) 533-7332 16-140A Tanja.Huffman@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Kaminski, Richard; Graphic Design Instructor (509) 533-4181 19-216A Richard.Kaminski2@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Kostelec, Bill; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3720 011-0112 Bill.Kostelec@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Kostelec, Kathy; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3720 011-0112 Kathy.Kostelec@sfcc.spokane.edu
Faculty Website Lonchar, Mickey; Graphic Design Instructor (509) 533-3715 19-227 Mickey.Lonchar@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3726 11-108 Colin.Mulvany@sfcc.spokane.edu
Communicator Online English 101 Media Writing English 131: Introduction to Literature Nix, Jason; Journalism Instructor (509) 533-4185 19-119 Jason.Nix@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3726 11-108 Melissa.Rackham@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Roche, Tony; Instructional Tech (Photography) (509) 533-3725 11-115 Tony.Roche@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Roys, June; Graphic Design Instructor (509) 533-3425 19-221 June.Roys@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Sherrill, Kendra; Instructor (509) 533-3726 011-0108 Kendra.Sherrill@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Simmons, Tracy; Journalism Instructor (509) 533- - Tracy.Simmons@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3832 11-108 Erik.Sohner@sfcc.spokane.edu
Faculty Website Stemkoski, Ryan; Graphic Design Instructor (509) 533-3425 19-202 Ryan.Stemkoski@sfcc.spokane.edu
Graphic and Web Design Stiles, Greg (Gregory); Graphic Design Instructor (509) 533-3708 19-229 Greg.Stiles@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Whybrow, Robin; CBE Lab Tech (509) 533-4181 19-216A Robin.Whybrow@sfcc.spokane.edu
Faculty Website Wimmer, Alicia; Instructor, Graphic Design (509) 533-4181 19-216A Alicia.Wimmer@sfcc.spokane.edu
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