Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) now offers an associate degree and applied bachelor's degree in digital gaming & interactive media. These hands-on, creative degrees prepare individuals with a broad range skills including digital storytelling, character development, virtual reality, and technical and creative design. Graduates create 3D animated graphics for gaming, marketing, advertising, educational and interactive media. This vibrant program attracts students who are interested in developing the behind-the-scenes aspects of games and interactive media. LWTech Digital Gaming & Interactive Media students culminate their learning experience with a showcase of their portfolio to industry professionals.
The Digital Gaming & Interactive Media program is closely linked with the Design and the Computing and Software Development programs, giving students a well-rounded education in art, design and coding, as well as game and interactive media production.
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Admission to the associate degree is open to all students. Admission to the applied bachelor's degree is competitive.
The associate degree prepares students for entry-level work in the digital gaming/ interactive media industry and for LWTech's applied bachelor's degree.
Students will be able to transfer to the applied bachelor's degree with an associate degree in LWTech's Digital Gaming & Interactive Media, or a digital design degree from a community or technical college. Classes includes 3D Game Design, Digital Story Telling & Mythology, Designing for Interactive Technology, Principles of Game Mechanics, and more. This is the first degree of its kind in the state of Washington offered by a public institution.
Entry into this program requires completion of an admission application.
If you have not already taken classes at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, you must fill out the online admissions application to receive a Student ID number and an LWTech issued email address. You will not be able to fill out the BAS application without completing this step.
Completion of requirements for an earned Applied Associate Degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 60 quarter credits in an appropriate technical area of concentration – Design related discipline (digital game design, multimedia, graphic design or related field).
Completion of 30 credits of General Education with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.*
*Students who have not completed the required Applied Associate Degree or General Education Requirements must submit a written plan for completion of the requirements.
Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program admissions prerequisites are available in the College Catalog.
Qualified students accepted on a rolling basis until the program is filled; early applications are encouraged
Next Entry: Fall 2020
If you require a paper application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request.
To apply for the BAS degree, you must create a Self Service Center account. You may preview the BAS application by downloading a PDF of the first page.
Low-income students in this program who are eligible for the Pell Grant or State Need Grant have an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 a year in scholarships. Check out Future Tech Stars scholarship page to learn more.
Avg. WA State Salary $82,118/yr
People Employed in WA 3,609
Avg. Wage in King County $40/hr
The Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program is an inclusive place for creative minds to get together to challenge and revolutionize the idea of game play and interactive experiences.
Digital Gaming Student
Mon-Thurs, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Campus Hours
June 17 to September 2, 2019
Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat and Sun, CLOSED
Fall Campus Hours