Interior Design Program

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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/ Rendering 4.0
INTDS 170Introduction to Interior Design 3.0
INTDS 171Interior Design Studio I 6.0
INTDS 172Interior Design Studio II 6.0
INTDS 173Drafting for Interior Design 4.0
INTDS 175Materials of Interior Design 5.0
INTDS 176Interior Design Studio III 6.0
INTDS 179History of Interiors I 3.0
INTDS 180History of Interiors II 3.0
INTDS 184Drawing Communication 4.0
INTDS 185Building Systems / Lighting 5.0
INTDS 187Design Fundamentals Studio 4.0
INTDS 266Cooperative Education Seminar 1.0-2.0
INTDS 268Design Portfolio 4.0
INTDS 275Professional Practices 3.0
INTDS 280Textiles for Interiors 3.0
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.


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.

Bellerud, Heather; Secretary Senior

Bellerud, Heather; Secretary Senior Office: 006-0101

Phone: (509) 533-3710

Email: Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu

Heather joined the staff at SFCC in December 2016, shortly after moving to Spokane with her family. She's excited to be exploring the region on foot and by bicycle, and considers the landscape here to be a natural fit for her love of the outdoors. Heather is a gardener, tinkerer, and creative mess maker.

Heather started her career in archaeological site preservation and cultural-natural resource interpretation with the National Park Service in New Mexico and Arizona. Following a period teaching art and environmental education in Colorado, she moved to Seattle when she accepted a position in the education department at the Museum of History and Industry. Heather later joined the education department at the Frye Art Museum, where she managed the museum’s programming for youth audiences.

Since leaving the museum community, Heather has remained devoted to non-profit program administration; leading children's art and literacy programs, volunteering as a family bicycle advocate, and coordinating a community garden. If you see her with dirt in her hair and grease under her nails, you’ll know she was up to some sort of mess making - hopefully the creative kind.

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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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Brunt, Bonnie; Dean of Visual and Performing Arts

Brunt, Bonnie; Dean of Visual and Performing Arts Office: 015-0105

Phone: (509) 533-3339

Email: Bonnie.Brunt@sfcc.spokane.edu

Bonnie Brunt moved to Spokane for a job at SFCC in 2004 and subsequently fell in love with both this college and the Spokane area. In the fall of 2012, after 20 years teaching Spanish, Bonnie stepped into an interim dean position to fill a vacancy. Much to her surprise, she found that she really enjoyed the job, so she applied and was offered the permanent dean position in 2013.

There are many things she loves about this college and her current role here. Her favorites are probably the opportunity to effect positive change at the college on a broader scale and to take care of the faculty, staff, and students of the programs under her supervision (Fine Arts, Music, Audio Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Digital Media Production, and Journalism). She loves that the job is complex and different every day, and she’s really proud of the work that is being done in the division.

She misses teaching Spanish and also the daily contact with the students in the classroom, but fortunately has been "adopted" by the students, faculty, and staff in the Visual & Performing Arts.

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Casstevens, Margot; Fine Arts and Interior Design Instructor

Casstevens, Margot; Fine Arts and Interior Design Instructor 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.

View Margot's Art

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Day, Jennifer; Administrative Assistant

Day, Jennifer; Administrative Assistant Office: 015-0104

Phone: (509) 533-3720

Email: Jennifer.Day@sfcc.spokane.edu

Jennifer has been at CCS since 2012 and with the Visual and Performing Arts Division since 2015. With a background in cultural anthropology, she has long loved the arts, both as reflections of the everyday and as windows into society. She particularly enjoys classical and jazz music as well as clay, fiber, and glass. She enjoys listening to music students sing and 'jam' in the hallways and getting the chance to view the variety of student work across the division.

She enjoys being back in an academic environment, working with faculty and students. Before moving to Spokane, she worked in global health and development programs and research in Africa and Asia, after initially serving in the Peace Corps in Nepal and earning her Masters in Public Health (MPH).

Since arriving in Spokane, she has been active in the local community, serving on multiple non-profit boards and supporting sustainable development, walkable neighborhoods, and public health, here and in low-income countries. Aside from her role as administrative assistant to the Visual and Performing Arts Division at SFCC, she is also adjunct faculty at EWU's MPH program at the College of Health Science and Public Health, and guest lectures in various departments at SFCC.

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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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Whybrow, Robin; CBE Lab Tech

Whybrow, Robin; CBE Lab Tech Office: 019-0216A

Phone: (509) 533-4181

Email: Robin.Whybrow@sfcc.spokane.edu

Robin Whybrow has been on the staff at SFCC since 2103. His primary job is managing the Competency Based Education Lab supporting students and faculty from the Graphic Design, Photography, and Interior Design programs.

After retiring from the Air Force, Robin spent 5 years at the WSU College of Nursing managing a computer-based training center, working in all aspects of nursing training video production as well as a stint as the College's Operations Manager. His passion is helping students.

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