BTAD FAQ

Is the program accredited?

Lake Washington Institute of Technology and the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design are accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The NWCCU noted the following as a result of the comprehensive evaluation visit in Fall 2011:  "The Commission applauds the Institute for establishing a rigorous and viable Bachelor of Technology degree program in Applied Design which provides options for higher education for students in current careers and future opportunities."

When can I enroll and how long does it take to complete the degree?

Applicants are admitted for a fall quarter start. The program takes two years (six quarters) of full-time enrollment to complete. Time to completion is longer if students enroll less than full-time.

Who should apply for the Bachelors of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD)?

Students interested in becoming a lead designer and/or project manager who have completed an Applied Associate Degree or equivalent at a college or university in a design-related field (Engineering Graphics, multimedia, or related field in either area) would be ideal candidates for this program.

Review specific admission requirements and selection criteria.

Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?

Non-admitted students may be able to take up to 10 credits (two courses) in the program on a space-available basis. Admitted students have first priority in registering for classes. Non-admitted students must receive faculty and dean approval to enroll in courses.

Can I reapply next year/quarter if I don't get accepted?

Yes, students wishing to reapply for a future quarter should contact Enrollment Services and ask that their application be carried over to a future quarter.

What kind of job can I get with this degree? What can I do with this degree?

The Applied Design program provides the opportunity for applied associate's degree graduates in design-related fields to develop the skills needed to become successful lead designers, supervisors and project managers. Program graduates will be prepared to assume roles in the design industries that require them to lead and collaborate with teams of creative and technical professionals. The degree has a common core of courses that meets the academic and professional requirements of industry. The Applied Design core emphasizes the practice of design, managing creativity, design technology, project management, entrepreneurship and professional issues.

Is there a required sequence of courses that I should take?

Review the BTAD curriculum.

What days and times of the week will the classes be offered?

The program features our popular evening/hybrid format designed for working students. Each class meets in the evening once a week, with the remainder of the coursework completed online.

How do I apply for admission?

Applications are currently being accepted.

What does the program cost?

2012-2013 Resident/Non-Resident and Baccalaureate Program Rates, (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters) can be found on the Tuition & Fees page. 

Payments can be made online or directly to the cashier's office next to the Enrollment Services area. To learn more about payment options, please see our Payment Options page.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Will eligible students be able to receive Financial Aid?

Yes, please visit the Financial Aid office.

Will eligible students be able to receive scholarships?

Yes, please see a listing of available scholarships.

I am an international student, am I eligible to enter the program?

Yes, in addition to completing the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design application, you must also be accepted to Lake Washington Institute of Technology as an International Student. Please visit our International Students program for more information.

What if I have relevant experience that I think is equivalent to some courses?

Students who think that they have experience that could be substituted for coursework should inquire about Credit for Prior Learning with the program faculty or dean.

What if I have two years of college but not a technical associate's degree?

Students need to have completed an Applied Associate Degree in a Design related field or submit a plan to complete the Applied Associate Degree by the start of their first quarter in the program with their application packet.

What if I am currently enrolled but have not yet completed my two-year degree?

Students need to have completed an Applied Associate Degree in a Design related field or submit a plan to complete the Applied Associate Degree by the start of their first quarter in the program with their application packet.

Is job placement assistance available?

Job placement assistance and information is available through our Employment Resource Center.

In addition to being excellent instructors, our faculty are recognized professionals in the design field and are able to provide students with assistance in their job search.

Does the program require an internship?

Students may opt to complete an internship. Faculty permission is required to register for APDZ497, Design Practice Internship.

What are the qualifications of the faculty?

Please see our Faculty page for detailed information.

I have some unanswered questions - Who should I contact?

Students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session offered by our Student Development Office.

For more information about the BTAD degree program, please contact us directly.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506
Phone: (425) 739-8300
Email: info@lwtech.edu
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD): (425) 739-8109

For questions about specific program content or courses, please contact lead faculty Steve Ater.