Associate in Applied Science - Digital Filmmaking
Associate in Applied Science-Transfer - Digital Filmmaking
Spokane Falls Community College
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If you like movies and telling stories with video a career in filmmaking may be right perfect for you!
The SFCC Digital Filmmaking degrees are an interdisciplinary study of cinematography, acting, directing, and writing that prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of related fields such as commercial advertising, corporate video production, social media marketing, broadcast television, filmmaking.
The program draws upon the strengths of the photography, drama, and film departments to help develop the skills necessary for you to succeed in various, rapidly evolving fields centered around digital video production.
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
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Total Credits: 95
Heather Bellerud – Guided Pathways Specialist, Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts
Heather Bellerud (she/her) joined the staff at SFCC in December 2016, shortly after moving to Spokane with her family. She has a broad range of experience in education and the arts; she has worked as a cultural and natural resource interpretive ranger for the National Park Service in New Mexico and Arizona, taught art and environmental education in Colorado and Western Washington, and managed museum education programming for school and family audiences. Heather is an artist, a gardener, a bit of a bookworm, and a cargo bike nerd. She is happy to be serving as a Guided Pathways Pathways Specialist in the Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts Pathway.
Alex Dew – Photography, Filmmaking, and Film Studies Instructor
Alex Dew teaches digital filmmaking and film studies courses and has previously taught composition and pop culture courses at the Falls since 2020. She absolutely loves teaching at the Falls and sharing her passion for film with such a vibrant, diverse group of students. Alex has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.F.A. in Film Production from the American Film Institute, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Nonfiction from Eastern Washington University. She worked in the film industry prior to beginning her teaching career. She has published work on Salon.com, where her essay received the Best of 2020 designation. Alex came to Spokane from Southern California in 2017 and has fallen in love with the natural beauty and the kindness of the people who live here.
Ira Gardner – Photography and Filmmaking Instructor (Program Lead, Filmmaking)
Ira Gardner joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997. 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. He 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.
Bonnie Glantz – Dean, Visual & Performing Arts
Bonnie Glantz moved to Spokane to teach at SFCC in 2004 and subsequently fell in love with both the college and the Spokane area. In 2012, after 20 years teaching Spanish, Bonnie stepped up to interim dean 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.
Bonnie’s favorite thing about the job is the opportunity make positive changes at the college 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, especially 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.
Marc Harvey – Photography and Filmmaking Instructor
Marc Harvey graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Communications. He also holds an AAS in Photography and is currently working on a MFA in Screen Writing from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
He has a Professional Photography and Filmmaking studio at the Riverside Event Center in downtown Spokane. He is an active independent filmmaker and owns the film production company, Abbi Rose Productions.
Collin Masteller – Instructional Tech, Photography and Filmmaking
Collin Masteller graduated from the digital media production program at Spokane Falls Community College and joined the photography program team in 2017. As a student, he was the treasurer of the Photo Arts Club and photo editor for The Communicator. He filmed groups and events around Spokane, including Spokane Film Project and The 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Competition and Festival.
Katie Peterson – Instructional Tech, CBE Lab
Katie Peterson joined the staff of the Visual and Performing Arts division in December 2022. She loves learning and has three degrees to prove it! She earned her A.A. from SFCC, her B.A. in Studio Art from EWU, and her M.A. in English Literature and Writing from EWU. She was an English Instructor for 4 years.
In her current role, Katie assists students and faculty with the technology in the CBE Lab in building 19, where she assists students and supports learning in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Digital Media Production, and Digital Filmmaking classes.
Her love of the arts, passion for helping students, and knack for technology all come together in this position. She feels so blessed to be back at the college where she started her educational journey. When she’s not working, she likes to watch TV, play piano, and cuddle with her two adorable cats, Freddie and Theodore.
Erik Sohner – Photography and Filmmaking Instructor (Program Lead, Photography)
Erik Sohner joined the faculty in the photography department at Spokane Falls Community College in 1998. He teaches beginning and advanced application/theory and lighting classes in both studio and location environments. With over 25 years of professional experience, Erik operated his own studio and worked in commercial advertising and catalog photography for top studios in the region. He holds an AAS in photography from SFCC, a BA from the Brooks Institute, and an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) degree in Digital Filmmaking have the following transfer opportunities:
An upside-down degree allows a student to transfer their AAS degree to a baccalaureate institution. The colleges below have “upside-down” articulation agreements in place. For more information, click the following links:
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