Program FAQs

Is the program accredited?

All programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), including the Associates and Applied Bachelor's degrees in Design (formerly Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design). Of particular note, 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 BAS in Design degree?

Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Design 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 Bachelor of Applied Science Design ?

Students interested in becoming a lead designer and/or project manager who have completed an Applied Associate Degree or equivalent of junior standing 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. LWTech students who complete the Design AAS-T and Architectural Technology AAS-T degrees are also eligible to be admitted into the BAS Design program. 

Can I take courses without being admitted to the BAS in Design 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.

What kind of job can I get with the BAS in Design degree? What can I do with this degree?

A Bachelor of Applied Science in Design provides the opportunity for applied associate 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 Design core emphasizes the practice of design, managing creativity, design technology, project management, entrepreneurship and professional issues.

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. Check the Class Schedule for up-to-date class day and time scheduling. 

What does the program cost?

The Resident/Non-Resident and Baccalaureate Program Rates, (Fall, Winter and Spring quarters) can be found on the Tuition & Fees page. Estimated cost by program information is also available on the website

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. Please note, 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! The LWTech Foundation offers scholarships, with application periods twice a year.

In addition, a directory is available on the website with a list of external organizations that provide opportunity for scholarships to students. Note that these organizations are not affiliated with the college and each one has its own selection process and criteria. 

I am an international student. Am I eligible to enter the program?

Yes. Students applying for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Design, must fill out the admission application, and also be accepted to Lake Washington Institute of Technology as an International Student. Students applying for the AAS-T in Design only need to 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 degree?

Students need to have completed an Applied Associate Degree in a design related field, or equivalent of junior standing at a college or university 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 equivalent of junior standing at a college or university 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 APDZ 497, Design Practice Internship.

I have some unanswered questions - Who should I contact?

Students are strongly encouraged to attend a the Bachelor of Applied Science in Design information session. For more information about the Design program, please contact us directly.

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