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Fine Arts

If you are a creative person who likes to express yourself artistically, a degree in art could lead to the perfect career for you.

In this program, you’ll grow your passion and appreciation for art, while completing the foundational courses required to transfer to a four-year university, college or art school. You’ll develop your artistic skills and techniques through faculty instruction and hands-on studio work in ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture.

Whether you want to become a professional artist, an art teacher, an art curator or an art administrator, earning a fine arts degree can help you transform your artistic talent into a career.


Fine Art Gallery

Three Native American performers, inside SFCC’s Fine Art Gallery, performing the Grass Dance to honor Indigenous People’s Day. This was part of the Masked Preservation exhibition by artist Chad “Little Coyote” Yellowjohn.

SFCC's Fine Art Gallery is an educational gallery where students and community can engage with contemporary work by a wide range of artists in a variety of media. Our students have a chance to learn from visiting artists, and even get to exhibit their own work.

We aim to ...

  • promote learning, dialogue, and critical thinking,
  • challenge inequities, and
  • to enrich the cultural vitality of the campus and community.

All our exhibits, lectures, and workshops are free and open to the public.

An AFA graduate will be able to do the following:

  1. Transfer to a four-year institution or professional art school.
  2. Develop a portfolio for the transfer institution which will highlight the best work completed at SFCC emphasizing originality, facility, and exploration in several mediums.
  3. Develop enhanced critical thinking, judgment, and problem solving skills.
  4. Contribute creatively to the regional art community.
  5. Participate in a culminating gallery exhibition.

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

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ART 101
Fundamentals of Drawing
4
ART 105
Color and Design
5
ART 122
Health and Safety in Art
1
Choose 1 course from:
ART 108
Ancient/Medieval Art
5
ART 112
Non-Western Art
5
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ART 106
3-D Design
4
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
Choose 1 course from:
ART 102
Drawing Composition
4
ART 103
Drawing Techniques
4
Total Credits
 
18
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ART 110
Modern Art
5
ART 160
Matting and Framing
1
ART 161
Portfolio I
1
Choose 1 course from:
ART 180
Watercolor
4
ART 186
Oil Painting
4
ART 188
Acrylic Painting
4
Choose 3 credit from:
ART 194
Jewelry
3
ART 205
Ceramics
4
Total Credits
 
14
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ART 202
Figure Drawing
3
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
Total Credits
 
13
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ART 130
Sculpture
4
Choose 1 course from:
ENGL& 111
Introduction to Literature
5
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
HUM& 101
Introduction to Humanities
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
Choose 1 course from:
ART 109
Renaissance/Baroque Art
5
ART 112
Non-Western Art
5
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
Choose 3 credit from:
ART 102
Drawing Composition
4
ART 180
Watercolor
4
ART 189
Printmaking
4
ART 205
Ceramics
4
Total Credits
 
17
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ART 260
Gallery Procedures
1
ART 261
Exhibit
1
Choose 1 course from:
ART 189
Printmaking
4
ART 190
Printmaking Relief
4
ART 191
Screen Printing
4
ART 192
Printmaking, Intaglio
4
Choose 1 course from:
CHEM& 110
Chemical Concepts w/Lab
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
PHYS 100
Introductory Physics
5
Choose 3 credit from:
ART 103
Drawing Techniques
4
ART 188
Acrylic Painting
4
ART 201
Experimental Drawing
3
Choose 1 course from:
ART 130
Sculpture
4
Total Credits
 
18
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
For an up-to-date list of all classes that satisfy the requirements for the Associate of Fine Arts degree or the Certificate of Fine Arts, click here to go to our iCatalog, then select the AFA or CFA in Fine Art.
To see the requirements for the AA-DTA, click here

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    11,286
  • Non-Resident

    $
    16,212
  • International

    $
    29,100
  • Avg. Books

    $
    702
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    N/A
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    N/A

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Heather Bellerud
    Heather Bellerud
    VPAA Pathway Specialist
    Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3195

  • Mariah Boyle
    Mariah Boyle
    Art
    B.A., Eastern Oregon University; M.F.A., Washington State University
    Mariah.Boyle@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3424
  • Rachel Colton
    Rachel Colton
    Administrative Assistant 2
    Rachel.Colton@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3710
  • Jennifer Day
    Jennifer Day
    Administrative Assistant 3
    Jennifer.Day@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3720
  • Bonnie Glantz
    Bonnie Glantz
    Dean Visual/Perform Arts
    B.A., Walla Walla College; M.A., University of Northern Iowa
    Bonnie.Glantz@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3339
  • Patty Haag
    Patty Haag
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Patty.Haag@sfcc.spokane.edu
    533-3710
  • Tobe Harvey
    Tobe Harvey
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    M.F.A, Washington State University; B.A., Montana State University; A.A., Northwest College
    Tobe.Harvey@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3712
  • Peter Jagoda
    Peter Jagoda
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Peter.Jagoda@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3036
  • Lenora Lopez Schindler
    Lenora Lopez Schindler
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    L.LopezSchindler@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3037
  • Megan Martens-Haworth
    Megan Martens-Haworth
    Art
    A.A., Northwest College; B.F.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato; M.F.A., Washington State University
    M.Martens-Haworth@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3706
  • Rob McKirdie
    Rob McKirdie
    Art
    A.A.S., Salt Lake Community College; B.S., B.F.A., Portland State University; M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
    Rob.McKirdie@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3716
  • Mana Mehrabian
    Mana Mehrabian
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Mana.Mehrabian@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-322-2706
  • Jamie Nadherny
    Jamie Nadherny
    Instructional Technician
    Jamie.Nadherny@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3037
  • Mardis Nenno
    Mardis Nenno
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Mardis.Nenno@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4122
  • Tybre Newcomer
    Tybre Newcomer
    Art
    B.F.A., Missouri State University; M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
    Tybre.Newcomer@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4412
  • Cozette Phillips
    Cozette Phillips
    Art
    B.F.A., Columbus College of Art and Design; M.F.A., State University of New York at New Paltz
    Cozette.Phillips@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3746
  • Carl Richardson
    Carl Richardson
    Art
    A.A., Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Florida; B.S., Florida A & M University; M.F.A., Washington State University
    Carl.Richardson@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3714
  • Garric Simonsen
    Garric Simonsen
    Art
    B.A., The Evergreen State College; M.A., Washington State University
    Garric.Simonsen@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3707
  • Bradd Skubinna
    Bradd Skubinna
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Bradd.Skubinna@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3035
  • Lisa Soranaka
    Lisa Soranaka
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Lisa.Soranaka@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7181
  • Lydia Wallace
    Lydia Wallace
    Instr & Class Supp Tech1
    Lydia.Wallace@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3037

Artist Mya Cluff presenting a lecture on sculpting in the SFCC’s ceramics classroom.

SFCC students who complete the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Art have the following transfer opportunities:

  • the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University (Portland, Oregon)
  • the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art at Central Washington University
  • the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art at Central Washington University

SFCC students who complete the Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) with an emphasis in Art have the following transfer opportunities:

  • the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art at Central Washington University
  • the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art at Central Washington University

Please be sure to meet with your advisor to take recommended courses for these transfer options.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Carl Richardson

Department Chair
Carl.Richardson@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3714

Heather Bellerud

Pathways Specialist
Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3195
Building 15, Room 106