Associate in Applied Science - Graphic Design
Associate in Applied Science-Transfer - Graphic Design
Spokane Falls Community College
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Are you artistic, good with technology and a creative thinker? Consider a career in graphic design.
In this program, you’ll learn the creative, technical and problem-solving skills to design visual graphics for print, web, video, animation, motion graphics, 3D modeling and social media. The program includes hands-on industry design projects, internships, and opportunities to enhance your marketability with related skills in advanced internet programming, digital photography, video production, social media marketing, journalism and fine art.
Whether you want to work in a design studio, advertising agency, or in a corporate in-house design department, this program will help you transform your creativity into a promising career in graphic design.
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.
Choose program map:
Graphic Design AAS map
Total Credits: 99 - 114
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 your degree or certificate, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.
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.
Derrick Freeland joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2018 and teaches drawing for designers.
Derrick is a freelance illustrator and art instructor who works in the Spokane area for a number of schools and organizations. He is the founder and editor-in-chief for Spokane Sequential and the founder and editor of Bottlecrow Publications.
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.
Richard Kaminski joined the faculty of the graphic design program at Spokane Falls Community College in 2011 and currently teaches web development. He earned his master's degree in computer science in 1990 and worked as a consultant writing software applications and developing databases for companies such as Adobe, Eddie Bauer and Safeco Insurance. Rick began working as a freelance web developer in 2008 when he established his own company, Capstone Web Services.
John Mujica joined Spokane Falls Community College in 2018. John teaches print production, multimedia technology, and self-paced classes on a variety of subjects. He also oversees students’ cooperative education experience.
As a United States Navy veteran, John used his GI Bill to graduate with an AAS in Graphic Design from Spokane Falls Community College and a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Eastern Washington University (EWU). John received a local, regional, and national award from the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for his senior thesis at EWU and was voted "Outstanding Student Graduate.”
John began his graphic design career in 2008 and has worked for a variety of advertising and design agencies in Spokane. He specializes in branding, logo design, and general art direction. Together with the AAF Spokane, he co-founded Collective Campout, an annual weekend professional retreat to propel a sense of community of professional and personal growth within the industry. As a Campout committee member, he has also led art direction and overseas brand integrity for multiple years.
Jeremiah Schiek joined Spokane Falls Community College in 2022. He is a recent transplant from California, relocating to North Idaho.
Jeremiah received his BFA in Entertainment Art/Animation from California State University, Fullerton, in 2013, and returned to his alma mater for an MFA in Illustration, which he completed in 2020. Jeremiah has taught studio drawing courses related to character animation and related animated filmmaking, and digital photography. From 2007 to 2008, he lived abroad in Florence, Italy, where he trained independently in computer animation and painting before returning to California to pursue a degree in animation.
Jeremiah is also a freelance comic book writer, artist and illustrator for print and web based media. His sequential art productions have included work for IDW Publishing (Road of Bones, and Sea of Sorrows trade paperbacks), and the popular webcomics site, HyperEpics.com. Lips, a story he drew with writer Mario Candelaria, appeared in Candelaria’s own Ringo Award nominated anthology, Tales From The Pandemic.
In addition to teaching art, design and photography, Jeremiah also maintains a robust list of clients for his comic book work. His own original graphic novel, a supernatural samurai epic entitled, Hush Ronin, is slated for publication with Band of Bards in Winter, 2022.
Greg Stiles joined the graphic design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997 and teaches design techniques, design process, and self-paced classes. He earned his BA and MEd from Eastern Washington University and is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in InDesign. Greg is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Spokane Advertising Federation. He has received awards from several design competitions and was selected as the Spokane Advertising Professional (Ad Pro) of the year in 2010.
Number of students each start: 44
Applications deadline: Applications begin winter quarter
The Graphic Design program is fall quarter entry and admits 44 students.
Interviews dates for the 2022-23 school year are:
We recommend you contact us early to secure your spot so that you’ll be ready to begin the program Fall 2022. This is especially important if you are applying for financial aid.
Waiting for entrance into the program? Contact our Curriculum Advisor Heather Bellerud (Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu) for a list of courses you can take out of sequence.
In order to apply for admission into the program, complete each of the steps listed below. It is essential that you maintain an active email account so that we may provide all information needed in a timely manner.
To apply to the Graphic Design program, follow these steps:
In review, here are the steps in order:
For assistance, you can always reach out to our faculty contact or our Curriculum Specialist. Please see Contact above.
Thank you for your interest in Graphic Design at Spokane Falls. We look forward to meeting you.
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