The following degrees and certificates are offered as part of the Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech).
LWTech is offering the state’s first Applied Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Gaming & Interactive Media. It is an intense two-year program where a cohort of students will work collaboratively in teams that simulate the digital game development workplace. Students will gain competencies in areas such as: game design, animation, virtual reality, and program management. Students will have an opportunity to be part of game/interactive media design projects from conception through distribution. In addition to digital game design, students will gain interactive media skills, preparing them to work as an interactive media designer in a wide range of industries, including: healthcare, aerospace, transportation, and more.
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 include 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.
This degree is designed for students with these associate degrees:
Classes will start Fall quarter 2018. Cohorts will start each fall.
Students applying for the Applied Bachelor's Degree must meet pre-requisite requirements.
Admitted students with a design background will take a summer Bridge Program to learn digital gaming software, with classes such as these:
Financial Aid eligibility for the Fall Bridge program varies by type of student. See the Financial Aid Department for guidance.
Tuition for 2017-18, for applied baccalaureate students taking 15 credits each quarter, is estimated at: $2,326.85 x 6 quarters = $13,961.
This does not include books, supplies, course fees, or the Fall Bridge Program, which will be an additional cost varying by course.
Regular information sessions led by the faculty will take place after the admissions application is released. You may contact Phil Trumbo, Associate Professor, Digital Gaming Interactive Media.
The Digital Gaming and Interactive Media AAS-T degree is designed to train students for entry-level positions in the game/media field. Graduates will be able to create animated graphics applicable to gaming, marketing, advertising, educational, and interactive media that use 3D animation.
Courses are delivered through face-to-face, online, and hybrid methods allowing students to practice skills necessary in industry. Students will conduct industry research to identify career pathways, learn professional practices including copyright, file management, portfolio development and workplace ethics. Students culminate their learning experience at the end of their studies with a showcase of their portfolio to industry professionals.
Digital Gaming and Interactive Media AAS-T degree graduates will:
Avg. WA State Salary $79,084/yr
People Employed in WA 5,656
Avg. Wage in King County $39/hr
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June 18 to August 31, 2018
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