• 2,000 square-foot digital printing lab
  • 28 average student age
  • 75 new students accepted each year
  • 10,000 sq. ft. photography studio
  • 20+ output devices
  • 210 mac computers
  • Marc Salverda

    Graphic Design Lead
    Prior to joining the Seattle Central College faculty in 1993, Marc Salverda operated his own design practice in Seattle, specializing in corporate identity, print and digital communications. Marc has a BA in Graphic Design from Washington State University and attended Beloit College in Wisconsin. In their second year as full time faculty Marc and Margaret Parker rewrote the entire Graphic Design curriculum. The curriculum continues to frequently grow and change based on industry and alumni feedback. Featured in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, he is an active member of the Seattle Central College Council, Instructional Computing Committee and the Accreditation Committee. He is an active member and former board member of the Seattle chapter of the AIGA and belongs to the Graphic Artist Guild. Marc is currently chair of the Graphic Design program at Seattle Central Creative Academy.
  • Jill Vartenegian

    Graphic Design
    Jill Vartenigian migrated from the east coast after high school, making stops at Oberlin College in Ohio for her BA and at The University of Iowa for her MFA in Design and a Certificate in Book Arts. She arrived in Seattle in 1997 where she worked as a designer and art director for local and national companies. In addition to her commercial design work, Jill moonlighted as a teacher of book arts, letterpress printing and papermaking at Pratt Fine Arts Center and in Florence, Italy. She joined Seattle Central Creative Academy in 2007 and happily brings her experience from the corporate design world and her background in traditional arts and printing to the design program.
  • Alejandro Tomas

    A senior faculty member, Alejandro Tomás served as a Naval photographer in the Vietnam War and is an honors graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography. Upon graduation, he became an accredited member of the White House Press Corps, working nationally and internationally for such magazines as TIME, NEWSWEEK and FORBES. His work is represented by Polaris Images in New York and Galerie Lichtblick, in Cologne Germany. Tomás is co- founder of the non-profit organization, “Youth In Focus” (www.youthinfocus.org) and is a past Education Chair of the Seattle Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Tomásʼ ongoing personal work is social-political in nature.

  • Erik Fadiman

    Web Development, UI / UX
    Erik Fadiman has a BA in Fine Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz and spent several years as a chef before he became obsessed with technology. He has over ten years of experience building websites for local, national, and international clients. Erik specializes in branding, user experience design, and front-end web development. He likes to design simple, elegant websites and writes clean, standards-compliant code. He is an Adobe Certified Expert and teaches classes in HTML/CSS, WordPress, Dreamweaver, UI/UX, and Design for mobile devices. He looks exactly like Johannes Itten. Look it up.

  • Chris Sullivan

    Coming soon.
  • Andrew Nedimyer

    The Internet
    Andrew Nedimyer is the Design and Web producer at Hum Creative. He values simple design and forward thinking web technologies, and has worked with such clients as Rachel's Ginger Beer, RIPNDIP, Cascade Designs, Li'l Woodys, Bose, Skatelite, T-Mobile, Western Neon and more. Andrew graduated from the design program in 2010.

  • Julia McNamara

    Graphic Design
    Julia is a 2005 graduate of the Graphic Design program at Seattle Central. Her love of ink on paper began while earning a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Julia has worked with a wide range of clients including: American Greetings, McGraw/Hill - Scholastic, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and numerous small business in the Seattle area. Her work has been featured in HOW Magazine and The New York Times.

  • Brad Curran

    Photography / Motion
    Brad is an award winning photographer, cinematographer and editor with a keen eye for visual storytelling. Brad has captured imagery covering a wide range of multimedia formats, producing content for editorial and commercial use for clients such as the United Way, AT&T, Group Health, WSDOT, the University of Washington and many more. Brad holds a BS from Southern Oregon University and is a graduate from the Creative Academy's Commercial Photography program where he currently enjoys teaching video production and editing as part-time faculty.

  • Katie Davis

    Graphic Design
    Katie Davis is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in theatrical design, environmental graphics, digital fabrication and architecture. Her work focuses on narrative and impact in wayfinding and placemaking. She has designed graphics and environments for coworking spaces, coliving spaces, architectural stone companies, blacksmiths, candy companies and international soccer tournaments. Katie holds a BA in Theater Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and runs a multi-disciplinary design firm based in Seattle.

  • Robynne Raye

    Graphic Design
    Robynne co-founded Seattle based Modern Dog Design Co in 1987, an internationally acclaimed design and illustration studio. Her posters have been exhibited internationally, are in the archives of major libraries, and are collected by museums worldwide. For over 20 years, Robynne has lectured extensively about design and design issues, as well as led workshops around the world. In 2013, Graphic Design USA Magazine listed her as one of the "50 Most Influential Designers Working Today”. She is the co-author of "Modern Dog, 20 Years of Poster Art” (Chronicle Books, 2007) and "Inside the World of Board Graphics: Skate, Surf, Snow” (Rockport, 2011)and author of "1000 Dog Portraits” (Rockport, 2014).

  • Jason Hoppe

    Graphic Production
    I am Jason Hoppe, a production specialist with graphic design background. I have a passion for classic cars of which I have several and enjoy problem solving of all things mechanical as well as design, production and digital issues. I have worked at several agencies in Seattle over the last 20 years, allowing me to hone my skills in production as well as the industry leading software. I teach Adobe Creative Suite and design classes in Seattle at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works and Seattle Central College and am the founding Instructor at creativeLIVE. I am an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor with certification in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.

  • Eduard Matamoros

    User Experience
    Born in San Antonio, Texas and raised across the United States, Eduardo (Eduard) Matamoros is an educator and multidisciplinary designer who only recently relocated to Seattle. He has nearly twenty years of experience across the fields of art, design, education, games, and humanities. With a focus on design strategy and user experience, Eduard has consulted with clients large and small, including UPS, Staples, the U.S. Air Force, BMW, SXSW, Columbia University, as well as start-ups and dotcoms across a range of verticals. In addition to his commercial practice, Eduard is also an accomplished educator. His pedagogy reflects a project-based learning approach to digital media, with an emphasis on computational literacy and workplace readiness. As a doctoral student at Columbia University working under two National Science Foundation grants, he published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles on educational game development as well as mindset development in students. Eduard has served as an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. Additionally, he has developed visual design curricula for and taught courses at General Assembly’s New York City, Austin, and Atlanta campuses. Prior to his doctoral studies, Eduard earned his Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design. His personal interests include health, wellness, and behavior change. When he's not pushing pixels, you can usually find Eduard trying to push heavy things at CrossFit Belltown.
  • Erik Skaar

    In addition to being a west coast based commercial product and beverage photographer, Erik is also a graduate of the SCCA commercial photography program. As a past student, Erik understands the challenges the students face in their training and uses this experience to better inform and formulate his instruction. His experience shooting national and global campaigns for some of the top brands in the world allow for a highly relevant perspective and provides his students with current insights, techniques, and practices to better prepare them to successfully emerge into a quickly evolving and highly competitive industry.

  • Ann Deotte Kaufman

    Strategy & Branding
    Ann DeOtte Kaufman is a Strategist and Account Manager at Hum Creative. With more than nine years of strategy, marketing, and project management experience, Ann has worked with designers, consumer and lifestyle brands, architects, urban planners, and arts organizations across the Pacific Northwest. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Sunset Magazine, Huffington Post, Seattle Magazine, and Seattle Met. Depending on the day, you can find Ann biking around town, snowboarding at Stevens Pass, or soaking up the sun at Madison Park. She is completely obsessed with her Shiba Pup, Laika and partner in crime, Bart.

  • Faith Haney

    A graduate of the program in 2003, Faith spent her early years jumping between careers as an archaeologist, scientific illustrator, graphic designer, and video production coordinator at National Geographic in Washington, DC. She specializes in documentary-style video and photography, and especially loves the projects that get her out and about. Her production company, Transect Films (co-owned with her partner Simon Geerlofs), is a Social Purpose Corporation focusing on mission-driven video production. When not behind the lens or the editing suite, Faith loves teaching videography to the up-and-coming Creatives of SCCA.

  • Christopher Conrad

    Christopher is an active member of Seattle's creative community. As the former ASMP vice-president of education, Christopher lectured for the annual "Business of Photography" seminars, and later served as president of ASMP-NW. Over his thirty years working as a professional photographer he has dedicated time to advocating business and tax issues for photographers, as well as teaching classes and seminars on the "Business of Art & The Art of Business". Christopher had previously taught Business of Photography at the Photographic Center Northwest and is currentlyserving as chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee for SCCC's photography program and as an adjunct professor teaching business and marketing at SCCC's Creative Academy.

  • Jim Tillman

    Jim is a 1994 graduate of the SCCC Commercial photography program, and has been working professional continuously in Seattle since that time. 'Former lives' include a stint as a recording and touring musician as well as working in the sportswear industry. In his photographic career he started out as an assistant and transitioned into the role of photographer, always self-employed. He has shot for many local and national retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and agencies.
    He has been working with digital photography since 1994 (not a typo!), the year he graduated. Jim is a past president of the local chapter of the ASMP, a prominent trade organization representing professional photographers. Jim has been accused of having the makings of a good teacher, and upon teaching one quarter at SCC he realized his enjoyment of teaching is deeply ingrained. Jim strives to be a thoughtful instructor inside or outside of the classroom.

  • Michael Clinard

    Michael is a conceptual advertising and editorial photographer whose clients include Marriott, Esquire, and Scientific American. Influenced by art history and representational theory, his work is known for its offbeat quirk and whimsical humor. When not behind the camera, Michael enjoys sketching and hiking the hills around the home he shares with wife and three-year-old daughter.

  • David Julian

    Dave’s path began in the natural sciences prior to earning a BFA with honors in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. His career has included art direction, design, photo-illustration and photography for corporate, healthcare, entertainment, editorial and advertising clients. He is best known for his conceptual photo-illustrations which have won awards from the Art Director’s Club of NY, Society of News Designers and the Society of Publication Design. Since 2001, he has taught workshops and courses at Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, The Anderson Ranch, University of Washington, Art Institute of Seattle and others. Dave brings to SCCA his expertise in imaginative uses of Photoshop and Lightroom, and a passion for helping emerging professionals reach their goals.

  • Neil Ferron

    Narrative and Filmmaking
    Neil Ferron is a Seattle-based writer and filmmaker. As a playwright, his work has received Critics’ Picks from The Stranger, The Seattle Times, and Seattle Magazine, as well as nominations for a Gregory Award (2011, Best Playwright) and a Stranger Genius Award (2014, the Satori Group). His film work has been screened at national festivals and premiered by Rolling Stone, Stereogum, and Film Shortage. His current film project, This Brute Land Virginia, has received funding from 4Culture and Washington Filmworks’ Innovation Lab. He holds a BA in Literature/Creative Writing from Santa Clara University and an MPhil in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College Dublin. “Eventually, I plan to freak out, move to Taos, and write sci-fi novels about redemption.”
  • Elizabeth Rudge

    As a child Elizabeth Rudge could be found watching commercials and taping magazine ads to her bedroom walls. After obtaining her BA in Advertising and Psychology from The University of South Carolina she decided that photography was the missing piece in building a powerful creative trifecta. She headed for Seattle and graduated SCCA in 2012 winning the Glazer’s Portfolio Review. Since then she’s been working as a freelance photographer and videographer being published internationally, nominated for a Black and White Spider Award, named the “Photographer to Watch” by Seattle Met Magazine, and shown her work at various galleries around Seattle and Portland. She approaches teaching with an honest “real talk” point of view and wants to help students understand what being a working photographer means in this day and digital age.