Skip to main content

Graphic Design

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.

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in industry standard software applications to qualify for entry-level jobs in the design industry.
  2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the design process to qualify for entry-level jobs in the design industry.
  3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of design production, project workflow, and construction of digital files appropriate for successful printing, web development and multimedia to qualify for entry-level jobs in the design industry.
  4. Construct a professional portfolio to present a body of work to potential employers and qualify for entry-level jobs in the design industry.

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.

Program Map for

Print/Download

Choose program map:

Total Credits: 99 - 114

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
GRDSN 101
Design Process I
4
GRDSN 102
Design Technology I
3
GRDSN 105
Drawing for Graphic Designers
3
GRDSN 156
Illustrator I
2
GRDSN 158
Photoshop I
2
GRDSN 181
Web Development I
4
Total Credits
 
18
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
GRDSN 111
Design Process II
4
GRDSN 112
Design Technology II
3
GRDSN 151
Typography and Layout
3
GRDSN 163
InDesign I
2
Choose 1 course from:
GRDSN 164
Illustrator II
2
GRDSN 166
Photoshop II
2
GRDSN 168
InDesign II
2
GRDSN 175
After Effects
2
Total Credits
 
19
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
GRDSN 109
History of Design
5
GRDSN 121
Design Process III
4
GRDSN 122
Design Technology III
3
GRDSN 125
Computer Drawing
3
Total Credits
 
20
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Area of Emphasis
 
0 - 5
GRDSN 201
Design Process IV
4
GRDSN 202
Design Technology IV
3
GRDSN 235
Multimedia I
3
Choose 1 course from:
GRDSN 142
Print Production
3
GRDSN 182
Web Development II
3
Total Credits
 
13-18
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Area of Emphasis
 
0 - 5
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
GRDSN 211
Design Process V
4
GRDSN 212
Design Technology V
3
GRDSN 236
Multimedia II
3
Total Credits
 
15-20
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Area of Emphasis
 
0 - 5
GRDSN 221
Design Process VI
4
GRDSN 223
Design Portfolio
3
GRDSN 237
Multimedia III
3
GRDSN 266
Cooperative Education Seminar
1
GRDSN 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
3
Total Credits
 
14-19
 

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.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    12,168
  • Non-Resident

    $
    16,146
  • International

    $
    29,478
  • Max. 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

  • Derrick Freeland
    Derrick Freeland
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Derrick.Freeland@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4181
  • 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
  • Richard Kaminski
    Richard Kaminski
    Coordinator II
    Richard.Kaminski@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4181
  • John Mujica
    John Mujica
    Digital Imag/Graphic Des
    A.A.S., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University
    John.Mujica@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3425
  • Jeremiah Schiek
    Jeremiah Schiek
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Jeremiah.Schiek@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4181
  • Greg Stiles
    Greg Stiles
    Graphic Design
    A.A.S., State University of New York; A.A.S., Art Institute of Seattle; B.A., M.A.Ed., Eastern Washington University
    Greg.Stiles@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3708

Pre-requisites: No
Number of students each start: 44
Contact: graphicdesign@sfcc.spokane.edu
Applications deadline: Applications begin winter quarter

Program Admission Process

The Graphic Design program is fall quarter entry and admits 44 students.

Interviews dates for the 2022-23 school year are:

  • December 9 & 10, 2021
  • March 22 & 23, 2022
  • June 15 & 17, 2022
  • July 13, 2022
  • August 8, 2022

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:

  1. Complete your online application
  2. Complete your online Bigfoot Orientation
    • Upon completing the application, you will receive the link
  3. Math & English Placement
    • Find out your placement in math and English
      • Complete the free, online self-directed placement surveys
      • Or submit high school transcripts if you've graduated within the past three years
      • Or submit transcripts from prior college to be used for placement
    • Bring a printed copy of your math/English placement to your interview
    • For assistance with placement surveys email SFCC.NewStudentOrientation@sfcc.spokane.edu
  4. Set up a time for an interview with program faculty
    • Contact us at graphicdesign@sfcc.spokane.edu to schedule an interview
    • Include your name, student ID, and telephone number
    • You will be notified by email of your interview date and time. It is essential you maintain an ACTIVE EMAIL ACCOUNT. If you do not receive interview information within a week of emailing, please follow up by phone (509-533-3710). It is important to us to get you scheduled.
    • Your interview will be 20 minutes in length. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Applicants must be on time to be considered for admission.
  5. Write a one-page essay (typed and saved in Word or PDF file format). Attach it to a new email and submit it to graphicdesign@sfcc.spokane.edu. In your essay, answer the following questions:
    • Why do you want to get into the field of Graphic Design?
    • The program is set up as if you are a Graphic Designer working for an agency. It is project-driven and you are required to meet deadlines. What are your thoughts about this?
    • What are your future goals?
  6. Show three to five examples of work you have produced.
    • To help us determine if the program is the right fit for you, we would like to see some creative or artistic work.
    • We understand that you may be coming from a different career track and may not have design work to show; however, do not let this discourage you. Your life experience counts and is factored in.
    • Some types of work we would like to see are: yearbook, invites, logos, web pages, posters, photography, paintings, drawings, craft projects, video, or music.

In review, here are the steps in order:

  1. Complete your college application
  2. Complete your Bigfoot Orientation
  3. Complete your Placement
  4. Schedule your interview
  5. Write and submit your essay via email
  6. During your interview, provide three to five examples of work you have produced.

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.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Greg Stiles

Department Chair
Greg.Stiles@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3708
Building 19, Room 218B

Heather Bellerud

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