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.
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:
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.
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.
Fall 2020 online application is now closed, email Selective.Admission@lwtech.edu for more information about Fall 2020 cohort.
Next Entry: TBD
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.
All are invited to come learn about LWTech’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.
January 22, 2021
11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
February 19, 2021
11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
March 5, 2021
11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
If you are interested in attending a session, please email Brianna Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link.
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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
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Sat, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.