Interior Design Program

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Philosophy

Great design is about beauty, honesty, sincerity and enriching people’s lives. Spokane Falls Community College Interior Design Program promotes a vision for designed environments that support the highest level of human well-being and achievement in all aspects of life and work.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide students of interior design with the education, skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the creative practice of interior design. We are committed to pursue design excellence by educating students to emphasize innovation in comprehensive design solutions which capture the human spirit.

Critical skills in creative thinking, and analyzing and solving problems will enable students to pursue a professional career with a sound foundation. They will be competent to adapt to social change and advancing technology, as well as meet the current and future challenges of interior design.

Commercial and residential interior design studios, department stores, furniture stores, specialty design firms such as kitchen and bath and other related design businesses are fields which provide employment opportunities. Students earning a Professional Diploma will have a broader range of career options, including architectural and commercial design firms. As a result of the internship course required in the third year, students obtain experience in the design field. This internship provides a stepping stone for career advancement.

What does an interior designer do?

The human environment and your experience of life is greatly influenced by the design of spaces in which you live and work. Good design is more than a question of good taste and appearance.

Interior designers help us create and define our living, working, and playing environments. They improve our quality of life by designing spaces that not only look good, but help people be more productive, healthy, efficient and safe. They design homes, offices, schools, hospitals, stores, museums and more.

Where would I work?

A professional diploma qualifies you for the broadest range of design jobs. Entry-level job opportunities exist at commercial and residential interior design studios, furniture stores, specialty design shops, and architectural firms. After gaining experience in the field, you also have the option to start a business of your own. Graduates of the program often choose to specialize in either residential design, which includes houses, apartments, and condominiums, or they can specialize in commercial design, which includes offices, restaurants, hotels, health-related facilities, retail stores, schools, museums, theaters and transportation facilities.

Other specialties include lighting design, color consultation, illustration, space planning, facility management and historic preservation. In any case designers are frequently away from their offices meeting with clients, contractors, and suppliers or they are supervising at a construction site.

How much can I expect to earn?

Earning potential in the design field varies with experience, work location, and area of specialization. Interior designers work for a professional fee based on an hourly rate, on commission, or monthly salary. Starting salaries vary widely. As a rule, large cities offer more opportunities and higher salaries or fees.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits
INTDS 105Design Drawing 4.0
INTDS 106Sketching Techniques 4.0
INTDS 107Rendering Techniques 4.0
INTDS 170Introduction to Interior Design 5.0
INTDS 171Interior Design Studio I 6.0
INTDS 172Interior Design Studio II 6.0
INTDS 173Drafting for Interior Design 4.0
INTDS 174Design Presentation 4.0
INTDS 175Materials of Interior Design 5.0
INTDS 176Interior Design Studio III 6.0
INTDS 179History of Interiors I 5.0
INTDS 180History of Interiors II 5.0
INTDS 184Drawing Communication 4.0
INTDS 185Building Systems for Interior Design 3.0
INTDS 186Lighting Design 3.0
INTDS 187Design Fundamentals Studio 4.0
INTDS 189Special Topics 3.0
INTDS 268Design Portfolio 3.0
INTDS 275Professional Practices 3.0
INTDS 280Textiles for Interiors 5.0
INTDS 281Interior Design Studio IV 6.0
INTDS 282Interior Design Studio V 6.0
INTDS 285Computer Aided Design I 4.0
INTDS 286Computer Aided Design II 4.0
INTDS 287Digital Interior Design Technology 4.0
INTDS 289Computer Aided Design III 4.0
INTDS 290Sustainable Design Practices 3.0
INTDS 294Adobe for Interior Design 4.0
INTDS 296Historic Preservation 3.0
INTDS 297Computer Aided Design IV 4.0

The Spokane Falls Community College Interior Design Program is dedicated to offering the highest quality of education for our students and a rigorous preparation for their future professional activity and certification.

Associate In Applied Science (A.A.S.) In Interior Design

This is a two-year degree with residential specialty qualification. While most courses are transferable to a four-year institution, please work with an adviser regarding transfer.

Interior Design Professional Diploma

The third-year professional diploma has been discontinued. Students who began the program in 2015 are completing the program on a "teach-out" schedule.


This program allows FALL QUARTER ENTRANCE ONLY.

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.

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.

Blue-Blanton, Cynthia; Interior Design Instructor

Blue-Blanton, Cynthia; Interior Design Instructor Office: 016-0138A

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, Fine Arts and Interior Design

Casstevens, Margot; Instructor, Fine Arts and Interior Design Office: 006-0105

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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Huffman, Tanja; Interior Design Instructor (Department Chair)

Huffman, Tanja; Interior Design Instructor (Department Chair) Office: 016-0140A

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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Jenkins, Manda; Interior Design Instructor

Jenkins, Manda; Interior Design Instructor Office: 019-0112

Phone: (509) 533-3749

Email: Manda.Jenkins@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Manda joined the Spokane Falls Community College faculty in 2016 and teaches CAD classes in the Interior Design program.

Manda has nearly a decade of professional experience in custom kitchen and bathroom design. She is the VP of Academic Relations for the Palouse Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and has helped Interior Design students at Spokane Falls Community College connect with the Kitchen and Bath industry in Spokane. Manda enjoys refurbishing iconic mid-century modern furniture, and also has an interest in restaurant design.

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Wimmer, Alicia; Graphic and Interior Design Instructor

Wimmer, Alicia; Graphic and Interior Design Instructor Office: 019-0216A

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 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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