Digital Gaming and Interactive Media

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LWTech is the only public college in the Northwest to offer an associate degree and applied bachelor’s degree in Digital Gaming and Interactive Media. These hands-on, production-oriented programs are taught by experienced industry professionals who prepare students for careers in video game development, interactive media, marketing, advertising, education, industrial simulation, and virtual reality.

Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program courses cover a broad range of skills including traditional art, 3D modeling, programming, level design, technical art, animation, user interface, game mechanics, and project management. The program prepares students to work in professional studios and supports students who build their own independent (indie) games.

The Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program is closely linked with the Design and Computing and Software Development programs, giving students a well-rounded education in art, design, and coding, as well as game and interactive media production.

Program Highlights

  • Projects stress problem-solving, creativity, technical skills, teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration and industry-standard best practices
  • Past graduates found employment at companies such as Bungee, Nintendo, Microsoft, Amazon, EA Pop Cap, Oculus, Funko, Schawk!, and Cartoon Network
  • Outstanding students showcase their games at PAX West
  • Students retain the rights to the projects they create, and are encouraged to self-publish
  • Courses prepare students for real-world positions as 3D modelers, level builders, experience designers, project managers, and technical artists

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Digital Gaming and Interactive Media programs are prepared for entry-level positions in the video game and interactive media industries, as well as careers in:

  • Industrial and medical simulation
  • Virtual reality
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Educational media
  • Film and television

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 Winter 2021. 

View the 2021 Winter Quarter Schedule

All courses will be taught online during Fall 2020. 

View the 2020 Fall Quarter Schedule

Admission Requirements

Admission to the associate degree is open to all students. Admission to the applied bachelor's degree is competitive.

Associate Degree

The associate degree prepares students for entry-level work in the digital gaming/ interactive media industry and for LWTech's applied bachelor's degree.

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.

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