Associate in Applied Science - Photography
Spokane Falls Community College
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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
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.
Ira Gardner joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997. He majored in communication studies and journalism at Eastern Washington University and has pursued graduate studies in fine art, media theory and filmmaking at Vermont College and the New School University in New York. Ira has worked full time as a professional photographer since 1989 and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995. He has served on the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of Washington and is currently chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education.
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.
Kayla Marr is alumna of the Spokane Falls Community College Photography Program graduating with her AAS in 2018. During her time there she was heavily involved in the Photo Arts Club. Her passion is for conceptual fine art photography. She has been involved in the Spokane filmmaking community participating in multiple film festivals and competitions including 50 Hour Slam, and Northwest Horror Film Festival. She joined the SFCC Photography Department team in 2020.
Collin Masteller graduated from the digital media production program at Spokane Falls Community College and joined the photography program team in 2017. As a student, he was the treasurer of the Photo Arts Club and photo editor for The Communicator. He filmed groups and events around Spokane, including Spokane Film Project and The 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Competition and Festival.
Colin Mulvany is an award-winning multimedia producer and staff photographer at The Spokesman-Review. He has been honored for his photography and multimedia in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, Society of Newspaper Design, the National Headliners Awards and the National Press Photographer Association's Monthly Multimedia Contest. In 2005, he was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as being a leading expert in the emerging field of multimedia storytelling and is a sought-after national speaker. He has been teaching classes in the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1999.
Melissa Rackham joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009. Previously, she taught at the University of Memphis. Melissa holds an MFA in photography from University of Memphis, a BA from Eastern Washington University, and an AA in photojournalism from Big Bend Community College. With professional experience as a photojournalist, studio owner, and fine art photographer, Melissa teaches alternative processes, photographic appreciation, and both analog and digital photography courses.
Dr. Greg Roth, Ph.D. joined the philosophy and photography faculties at Spokane Falls Community College in 2000. He has studied philosophy and theology at Whitworth University, Harvard University (Episcopal Theological School) Boston College and the University of Dayton. He delights in teaching ethics, intro to philosophy, philosophy of religion, eastern philosophy, environmental ethics but in particular critical thinking. Dr Roth enjoys teaching visual critical thinking as part of critical thinking. He has given lectures to PLATO-WA, the organization for all the philosophy and logic instructors in the Community Colleges of Washington State, Princeton University and on SFCC’s Philosophy Presents.
Erik Sohner joined the faculty in the photography department at Spokane Falls Community College in 1998. He teaches beginning and advanced application/theory and lighting classes in both studio and location environments. With over 25 years of professional experience, Erik operated his own studio and worked in commercial advertising and catalog photography for top studios in the region. He holds an AAS in photography from SFCC, a BA from the Brooks Institute, and an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
SFCC students who complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Photography have the following transfer opportunities:
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:
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