Associate in Applied Science - Interior Design
Associate in Applied Science-Transfer - Interior Design
Spokane Falls Community College
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If you are imaginative and enjoy creating beautiful indoor spaces, a career as an interior designer could be a perfect fit.
In this program, you’ll learn to blend creativity with technical elements to design residential and commercial interiors. Courses in both science and art—combined with hands-on practice in the studio— will build your professional skills in problem solving, drawing, textiles and materials, sustainable design practices, computer-aided design and other areas essential for success in the field
Whether you want to continue your education at a four-year institution—or you plan to enter the field immediately—a degree from this program will help prepare you for opportunities in interior design and architecture firms, home improvement stores, furniture stores, specialty design shops and other organizations in the industry.
1. Students will have the ability to interpret a client's needs and programmatic requirements, functional attributes, aesthetic considerations, and architectural conditions for the design of interior spaces.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to resolve complex design challenges using critical
thinking, research, industry specific knowledge and industry standard technology.
3. Students will be able to effectively convey design problems and solutions through written, graphic and oral communication techniques.
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:
Interior Design AAS map
Total Credits: 90
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.
Margot Casstevens joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009 and teaches design drawing, sketching, and rendering techniques. 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. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She and her husband own Punctum Studios.
Sunshine Giesler joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2021 and teaches a variety of courses including hand drafting and CAD.
Sunshine earned her Masters of Interior Design from WSU in 2008. She was the director of the interior design program at Monterey Peninsula College from 2008-16 and loved her time there. She currently practices interior design using primarily an e-design format with her firm Sunshine & Lew Interior Design.
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.
DEANNA GOGUEN – Interior Design Instructor
Deanna Goguen joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2021 and teaches Adobe for Interior Design. Since earning her Master's of Arts/Interior Design degree from Washington State University, Deanna has successfully run her own firm - Designology Luxury Interiors. The studio specializes in high-end residential and retail projects, with clients all across the country.
When she is not working (rarely!) this Southern California transplant enjoys time with her family and her dog. She's an avid gardener, reader, and furniture flipper.
Her catchphrase is "Make it designy!"
Tanja Huffman is the department chair and primary advisor for the interior design program. She joined the Spokane Falls Community College faculty in 2002 and teaches across the curriculum, including design studios, lighting design, materials and building systems. She is also a member of SFCC’s Facilities and Grounds Committee and the Academic Consulting Leadership Team.
Ann-Jeannette Seymour re-joined the Interior Design faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2022. She has also taught at University of Idaho and was a Teacher’s Assistant at Washington State University. She earned her Masters of Arts in Interior Design from Washington State University in 2016.
Her design career ranges from directing retail design centers focused on kitchen and bath, high-end residential project management, commercial furniture design liaison for Starbucks, set design, private clients, flipping houses, theater renovations, teaching hand-technique skills, and being an architectural hand-rendering artist.
Outside of her design world and teaching she spends her time with family, urban sketches, performs improv, hikes, goes on spontaneous road trips, and is either watching or doing standup comedy!
Number of students each start: up to 22
Applications deadline: Applications begin spring quarter, open until filled
The Interior Design program is fall quarter entry and admits 20 students.
Application to the program begins in spring and continues until filled. Early application is encouraged!
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.
Our program is an open access program. As long as there are seats in the program and you have completed the admissions process, you will be admitted to the program. Historically, however, more students express interest in or apply to the program than there are seats available.
For admission into the program, complete each of the steps listed below.
Complete your online application
For assistance with admissions, call 509-533-4356
Complete your online Bigfoot Orientation
Upon completing the application, you will receive the link
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
Send us an email at InteriorDesign@sfcc.spokane.edu to request admission into the program. Include
your student ID number
your phone number
which degree you are seeking (AAS or AAS-T)
Once you are admitted to the program, you will receive a welcome email and instructions on how to register for your classes.
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 Interior Design at Spokane Falls. We look forward to meeting you.
Have a question? Let's hear it.
Building 15, Room 106