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LWTech is the only public college in the Northwest to offer an associate degree and applied bachelorโ€™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 Bungie, 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


Additional Digital Gaming and Interactive Media Program Information

  • Digital Gaming AAS-T Program Admission Dates
    • Fall Quarter
    • Winter Quarter
    • Spring Quarter
  • Digital Gaming BAS Program Admission Dates
    • Fall Quarter
  • Digital Gaming AAS-T & BAS Program Class Format
    • Hybrid (part of class time on-campus, part online)

At LWTech we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. 

The Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may not hire individuals with certain types of convictions, immigration status or involvement in suspicious activity. Examples of common background checks required in this industry are criminal record, immigration status, work history, credit history, driving record, education, professional licenses and certifications, drug screening and use of social media and character witnesses.

Entry into the Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

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

Digital Gaming and Interactive Media BAS Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Admission to the applied bachelor's degree is on a competitive basis. Students will be able to transfer to the applied bachelor's degree with an associate degree in LWTech's Digital Gaming and Interactive Media, or an earned Applied Associate Degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum of 60 quarter credits in an appropriate technical area of concentration.Classes includes 3D Game Design, 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Completion of requirements for an earned Applied Associate Degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum of 60 quarter credits in an appropriate technical area of concentration โ€“ Design, Art, or Information Technology related discipline (for example digital game design, multimedia, graphic design , art, or computer programming).
  3. Completion of 30 credits of General Education with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.*
    • ENGL& 101 English Composition I (or equivalent) 5 credits
    • MATH& 107 Math in Society (or any college-level math course with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite) 5 credits 
    • Any Social Science course 5 credits
    • ART 102 Design I (or equivalent) 5 credits
    • ART 121 Introduction to Drawing (or equivalent) 5 credits
    • ART 203 Intermediate Drawing or ART 205 Human Life Drawing (or equivalent) 5 credits
  4. Completion of 12 credits of Digital Gaming and Interactive Media courses. Courses may be in-progress  or completed with a 2.0 or higher prior to the Fall BAS classes.  
    • GAME 111 Intro to Programming for Games  (or CSD 110 Computer Programming Fundamentals with Python or CSD 111 Computer Programming Fundamentals) 4-5 credits 
    • GAME 124 Introduction to 3D with Maya 4 credits
    • GAME 127 Game Mechanics 1 4 credits
  5. Submission of a Design Portfolio with a minimum of 5 projects/maximum of 7. 
    • All projects should show evidence of design process demonstrating the research, conceptual process, sketches and iterations that led to the final result.

*Students who have not completed the required Applied Associate Degree (or equivalent) or the General Education Requirements may be conditionally admitted on a space available basis.

Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program admissions prerequisites are also available in the College Catalog.

Digital Gaming and Interactive Media BAS Application

Additional Application Information

Digital Gaming BAS Online Application

Digital Gaming and Interactive Media AAS-T Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Entry into the Digital Gaming and Interactive Media, AAS-T requires completion of the general online application.

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


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All are invited to come learn about LWTechโ€™s Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program. College faculty and staff will share information about the degrees and attendees will have a chance to ask questions.

All information sessions are virtual at this time.

Information Session Dates

January 18, 2024
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

February 8, 2024
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

March 14, 2024
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

April 18, 2024
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 9, 2024
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you are interested in attending a virtual session, please email Brianna Ramos at brianna.ramos@lwtech.edu.


LWTech General Information Sessions

Not sure what program you want to apply to? Check out LWTech's general information sessions and weekly tours by going to LWTech.edu/Visit.

 

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.


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