Applied Design


The Applied Design program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a broad-spectrum design program geared toward educating design professionals in design thinking, design strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and design process. The program attracts students from a wide range of design and technical backgrounds including architecture, industrial design, interaction design, game designgraphic design, video / film making, and also tangent disciplines such as weldingmanufacturing technologymachining technologyengineering, journalism and even business administration. The program has a workforce focus. It brings relevance to design education in alignment with industry best practice. Faculty educate future design professionals who will be able to bring design thinking and innovative process into new best practices.

The Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) at LWTech is similar to a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree program as far as academic rigor, course content and credit load; however, it focuses on preparing students for technical career paths. Graduates with a BTAD degree are prepared for today's jobs in the design industry. They are also equipped with greater skills to succeed in long-term, fast-changing careers across a wide range of design disciplines. Utilizing critical thinking skills specific to design thinking and creative process, LWTechBTAD graduates have gone on to successful careers at prestigious companies including Microsoft and Bungie. Many have also been accepted into graduate programs such as: University of Washington's Human Centered Design & Engineering, Cranbook Academy of Art, ArtCenter College of Design, Arizona State University, and the University of Mexico. 

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to take courses without being admitted to the program (non-matriculated) may be considered on a space-available basis.

Bachelor of Technology Degree

Applicants to the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design are selected on a competitive basis. This program has application and qualification requirements with an application deadline unique to the program. Program information sessions and specialized advising is available before applying to this program.

Information Sessions

Academic Advising

Academic advising is a critical component to your college experience. Advising is an interactive process between you and your Student Success Navigator/Advisor to ensure student success through proactive support and guidance during your time at LWTech.

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