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Located just outside of Seattle, Washington, 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 an Bachelor of Applied Science in Design (BAS), Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T), and certificates in Digital Publishing, Web and Mobile Design, and User-Centered Design. 

The Design department utilizes curriculum that emphasizes solving problems, industry-standard software, best practices, and personal expression in a fast paced and ever changing design industry. The program has a workforce focus. Emphasis is placed on real-world projects, deadlines, solving design problems, and focusing on the end user.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Design

A Bachelor of Applied Science in Design 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. The BAS in Design at LWTech 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, tangent 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 practice. Faculty educate future design professionals who will be able to bring design thinking and innovative process into new best practices.

Graduates with a BAS in Design 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, 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.

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) in Design

LWTech students in the Design AAS-T program develop skills and knowledge to align their learning with the requirements of entry-level career opportunities. Design students earning their AAS-T degree are prepared to analyze and create visual solutions to produce websites, content for mobile devices, and design layouts and interactive documents for print and/or screen-based publishing industries. The 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. 

Classes are available in-person, online, and through a hybrid of online and in-class. Students conduct industry research to identify career pathways, and learn professional practices including copyright, file management, portfolio development and workplace ethics. Students culminate their learning experience with a showcase of their portfolio to industry professionals.

Certificates

The Design program offers a multitude of certificates of completion and proficiency in digital publishing, 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. 

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.

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)

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


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Gainful Employment

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