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Photography

If you enjoy viewing life through a camera lens, a degree in photography could help put your future in focus.

Founded in 1965, our photography program is an intensive two-year study of visual communications. You’ll learn the fundamentals of lighting, composition and visual storytelling; practice your artistic and technical skills in studios and technology labs; and explore current trends and career opportunities in photography and digital media production. The program includes opportunities to interact with industry professionals through field trips, guest speakers and cooperative work experiences.

Whether you want to start your own photography business, work in journalism or join an in-house marketing and communication team, this program can help you transform your passion into a successful career.

1. Students will demonstrate business skills to successfully enter the profession
2. Students will build a portfolio demonstrating creativity and storytelling skills
3. Students will apply interpersonal skills to work in industry
4. Students will develop the technical skills required to complete projects
5. Students will develop the post-production skills required to create portfolio quality still photography and video productions.
6. Students will apply research skills to assess current trends in the profession.
7. Students will develop written communication skills necessary to be successful in their chosen career.

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: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 101
Introduction to Photography
5
PHOTO 126
Digital Photography
5
Choose 1 course from:
BT 107
Business Communications
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
JOURN 220
Introduction to News Writing
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 111
Studio Photography I
5
PHOTO 112
Photographic Design
5
Choose 1 course from:
ART 105
Color and Design
5
PHOTO 120
Photographic Arts
5
PHOTO 240
Large Format Photography
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 121
Location Photography I
5
PHOTO 234
Digital Photography II
5
Choose 1 course from:
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 200
Photography Media
5
PHOTO 232
Portraiture
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 227
Business of Photography
5
PHOTO 231
Studio Photography II
5
PHOTO 237
Documentary Storytelling
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 225
Portfolio Development II
5
PHOTO 233
Location Photography II
5
PHOTO 266
Cooperative Education Seminar
1
PHOTO 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
1
Choose 3 credit from:
ART 189
Printmaking
4
PHOTO 120
Photographic Arts
5
PHOTO 247
Narrative Storytelling
5
PHOTO 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
5
Total Credits
 
15
 
  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    10,422
  • Non-Resident

    $
    14,544
  • International

    $
    26,274
  • 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

  • Ira Gardner
    Ira Gardner
    Photography
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University
    Ira.Gardner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3728
  • 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
  • Kayla Marr
    Kayla Marr
    Instr & Class Supp Tech1
    Kayla.Marr@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3725
  • Collin Masteller
    Collin Masteller
    Instr & Class Supp Tech1
    Collin.Masteller@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3725
  • Colin Mulvany
    Colin Mulvany
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Colin.Mulvany@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3181
  • Melissa Rackham
    Melissa Rackham
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    B.A., Eastern Washington University; M.F.A., University of Memphis
    Melissa.Rackham@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3726
  • Greg Roth
    Greg Roth
    Program Assistant
    M.Div., Episcopal Theological School; Th.M., Weston College School of Theology; MA STL, Ph.D./SThD., International Marian Research Institute University of Dayton
    Greg.Roth@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3579
  • Erik Sohner
    Erik Sohner
    Photography
    A.A.S., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Brooks Institute; M.F.A., Academy of Art University; Additional Studies: Eastern Washington University, Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute
    Erik.Sohner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3832

SFCC students who complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Photography have the following transfer opportunities:

  • the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University, in Portland, Oregon. Please be sure to meet with your advisor to take recommended courses for this transfer option.
  • the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Management at Spokane Falls Community College. For more information about this degree, click here.

Upside-Down Degree Options

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:


 

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Erik Sohner

Program Lead
Erik.Sohner@sfcc.spokane.edu

Heather Bellerud

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