Graduates of LWTech's Design program go on to careers at design firms, high-tech companies, in-house design departments, advertising and branding firms, as well as working as independent consultants. The Design program offers a variety of degrees and certificates including a Bachelor of Applied Science in Design (BAS), three Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degrees, and certificates in Digital Publishing, Web and Mobile Design, and User-Centered Design.

Faculty in LWTech’s Design program teach curriculum using industry-standard software. Students develop problem-solving skills, and learn industry best practices, and personal expression, in a fast-paced and ever-changing design industry. This workforce-focused program emphasizes real-world projects, deadlines, solving design problems, and focusing on the user experience.

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)

The Design AAS-T degree prepares students for entry level positions in graphic design, web design and user-centered design. Design students earning their AAS-T degree are prepared to analyze and create an assortment of visual solutions to produce websites, content for mobile devices, design layouts and interactive documents for print and/or screen-based publishing industries. The two-year curriculum also incorporates the concepts of user-centered design, human centered design, user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, as well as concepts related to the consideration of human perspectives throughout the design process and the design of multisensory experiences.

Courses are delivered through face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats, allowing students to practice skills necessary in the design industry. Students will conduct industry research to identify career pathways, learn professional practices; including, copyright, file management, portfolio development, and workplace ethics. Students culminate their learning experience at the end of their studies with a showcase of their portfolio.

The AAS-T Design degree naturally matriculates with LWTech’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Design (BASD) program. The credits earned in AAS-T Design can be applied towards the BASD degree upon approved applications. 

The Illustration AAS-T degree at LWTech, combines visual arts courses with design courses to prepare students for careers in the applied arts. During the first-year of the program, LWTech Illustration students will complete foundational courses in drawing, painting, photography, and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.). Second-year students will refine and direct their portfolios towards future jobs, and complete advanced courses in both the visual and digital arts.

The User-Centered Design AAS-T degree introduces design and research methods. It incorporates technology, human activity, and data in order to prioritize user needs and wants for product or service development. The over-arching goal is to prepare students in technology and information-gathering that is in line with industry standards and for entry-level employment.

LWTech students working toward their User-Centered Design AAS-T are expected to identify design problems. They will also analyze and select appropriate research methods, evaluate data, and apply research driven data and knowledge to design solutions. The learning will focus on product and service end users.

Admission Requirements for AAS-T

Entry into the AAS-T Design program requires completion of an admissions application.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Design (BASD)

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Design (BASD) at LWTech is a two-year transfer degree in design. Students who have earned an AAS degree or equivalent (90 credits) at an accredited college or university can transfer in at the junior (3rd year) level. This is a great, cost-effective option for students. It’s also a great option for students who may already have earned a Bachelor’s degree in another area of study.

A Bachelor of Applied Science in Design (BASD) at LWTech is similar to a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree program at universities, as far as academic rigor, course content and credit load. The BASD curriculum focuses on preparing students for specific design workforce careers. The BASD is a broad-spectrum, design program geared toward educating design professionals in design thinking, design strategy, innovation, human centered design and new design processes. The program attracts students from a wide range of design and technical backgrounds including architecture, industrial design, interaction design, game design, graphic design, video / film making, and other disciplines such as welding, manufacturing technology, machining technology, engineering, journalism, and even business administration. The program brings relevance to design education in alignment with industry best practices. Faculty educate future design professionals who will be able to bring design thinking and innovative processes into the workforce with new best practices.

BASD graduates are prepared for today's careers 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 and other disciplines. Graduates have gone on to successful careers at prestigious companies including Amazon, Boeing, Bungie, Microsoft, and Phillips. Also, many have been accepted into graduate programs such as: University of Washington Human Centered Design & Engineering, Cranbook Academy of Art, ArtCenter College of Design, Arizona State University, Parsons the New School, and the University of New Mexico, among others.


The Design program offers a multitude of certificates of completion or proficiency in digital design, user-centered design, and web and mobile design. These certificates offer students an opportunity to gain specialized skills and knowledge in Adobe Suite programs, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as apply methods and principles of design and user research theories for creating user-friendly products, processes, and services for digital and print mediums. Students also evaluate and examine methods of human-centered design—design and management framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. Web and mobile certificates prepare students to design, build, and maintain websites and screen-based interactive content for mobile devices.

Class Schedule

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.

All courses will be taught online during Fall 2020. 

View the 2020 Fall Quarter Schedule

All courses will be taught online during Summer 2020. 

View the 2020 Summer Quarter Schedule

Admission Requirements

Applied Bachelor's Degree

Applicants to the Bachelor of Applied Science in 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.

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

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.

Visit the Academic Advising page for more information.


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