Degrees & Curriculum

The following degrees and certificates are offered as part of the Digital Gaming and Interactive Media program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). 

2021 Fall Schedule

All lower division classes are hybrid, meeting one day online and one day in-person on campus. Please carefully review the schedule and note the online day versus the on campus day.

Section Code Meaning
H1-25 Combination of on-campus face-to-face and canvas.
L1-L10 Online (This course is offered asynchronous, fully online with no scheduled class sessions.)
R1-R22 Remote (This course is offered synchronous, fully online with scheduled class sessions.
See entry in class schedule for days and times of required, online class sessions.)

Lower Division Course Schedule

ITEM Dept CRS# SEC Class Name  Instructor CR Start End In-Person Day  Room Online Day Room
9245 GAME 101 H1 Intro to Video Game Dev Paolicelli L 4.0 03:00PM 04:50PM Th T121 T ZOOM
9250 GAME 105 H1 Storyboard Development Trumbo P 4.0 12:00PM 02:50PM T T123 Th ZOOM
9255 GAME 108D H1 Interactive Media Design Trumbo P 4.0 12:00PM 02:50PM M T123 W ZOOM
9260 GAME 108D H21 Interactive Media Design Underwood T 4.0 06:00PM 08:50PM M T123 W ZOOM
9265 GAME 111 H1 Intro Game Programming Paolicelli L 4.0 12:00PM 02:50PM Th T124 T ZOOM
9270 GAME 122 H1 2D Digital Imaging Baechler O 4.0 12:00PM 02:50PM M T124 W ZOOM
9275 GAME 124 H1 Intro to 3D Maya Levenseller N 4.0 03:00PM 05:50PM T T124 Th CANCELLED
*9280 GAME 127 H1 Game Mechanics I Underwood T 4.0 12:00PM 02:50PM W T124 M ZOOM
9285 GAME 134 H1 3D Materials & Textures LaPadula K 4.0 08:30AM 11:20AM T T124 Th ZOOM
9290 GAME 137 H1 Lighting and Effects Paolicelli L 4.0 03:00PM 05:50PM W T124 M ZOOM
9295 GAME 138 H1 Intro Environmental Art LaPadula K 4.0 12:00PM 02:50PM T T124 Th ZOOM
9300 GAME 150 H21 Character Animation I Harvey R 4.0 06:00PM 08:50PM M W108A W ZOOM
*9305 GAME 182 H1 Game Mechanics II Underwood T 4.0 12:00PM 02:50PM W T124 M ZOOM
9310 GAME 199 L1 Special Projects Paolicelli L 4.0 ARR ARR ARR ARR ARR ONLINE
9315 GAME 199 L2 Special Projects Trumbo P 4.0 ARR ARR ARR ARR ARR ONLINE
*9320 GAME 210 H1 High Res Sculpting I Lu C 4.0 09:00AM 11:50AM M T124 W ZOOM
*9325 GAME 215 H1 High Res Sculpting II Lu C 4.0 09:00AM 11:50AM M T124 W ZOOM
9330 GAME 299 L1 Special Projects Trumbo P 4.0 ARR ARR ARR ARR ARR ONLINE
2021 Fall Quarter Digital Gaming & Interactive Media lower division course schedule

Upper Division Course Schedule

ITEM Dept CRS# SEC Class Name  Instructor CR Start End Days Room
9340 GAME 312 H21 Interactive Media Bagaason T 4.0 06:00PM 08:50PM M T124
9345 GAME 315 H21 Game Play Mechanics Bagaason T 4.0 06:00PM 08:50PM Th W108A
9350 GAME 399 L1 Special Projects Bagaason T 5.0 ARR ARR ARR ONLINE
9355 GAME 410 H21 Interactive System Design Levenseller N 4.0 06:00PM 08:50PM W T124
9360 GAME 412 R21 Platforms and Hardware Reddie C 4.0 06:00PM 08:50PM Th ZOOM
9365 GAME 415 H21 Production Team 1:Pre Bagaason T 4.0 06:00PM 08:50PM T T124
9370 GAME 499 L1 Special Projects Bagaason T 5.0 ARR ARR ARR ONLINE
2021 Fall Quarter Digital Gaming & Interactive Media upper division course schedule

Applied Bachelor's Degree

LWTech is offering the stateโ€™s first Applied Bachelorโ€™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:

  • LWTech Digital Gaming
  • LWTech Design (previously MMDP)
  • Game design emphasis from another college or university
  • Design emphasis from another college or university

Associate Degree

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:

  • be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • demonstrate technical proficiency and creative skills as related to the digital gaming field
  • manage files and content in a manner suitable for industry
  • convey characters and concepts through traditional art methods
  • compare, and evaluate electronic games taxonomy and design theory
  • mod game levels in current level editing tools
  • create and edit basic scripts in related software
  • rig and animate characters and props in current industry tools
  • create props, levels, and textures in current 3D tools
  • present ideas, pitches, and portfolios to industry and peers
  • demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and information literacy skills
  • meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes