Located in Kirkland, Washington and just east of Seattle, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is the perfect place to jumpstart your career in Illustration. As part of our School of Design, the Illustration program offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in Illustration followed by the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Art - Illustration, allowing them to continue their studies and gain advanced knowledge in the field.

Our hands-on and career-focused approach provides students with the skills they need to succeed in a variety of sectors. Our associate degree program includes classes in visual art, digital design, and gaming, giving students a breadth of learning to prepare for job opportunities in various industries.

The Illustration AAS-T degree at LWTech, combines visual arts courses with design courses to prepare students for careers in the applied arts. During the first-year of the program, LWTech Illustration students will complete foundational courses in drawing, painting, photography, and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.). Second-year students will refine and direct their portfolios towards future jobs, and complete advanced courses in both the visual and digital arts.

For their BAS degree, students will complete academic, theory, and foundational courses in the third year of study. In the fourth year, students will refine their portfolios and complete advanced courses in both the visual and digital arts. This prepares them for a successful career in the applied arts.

Our experienced professors, who also work as artists, bring years of knowledge and expertise to the classroom, delivering engaging classes that cover practical skills and meaningful expression. Students work with professors to tailor their projects, course selection, and portfolio development to their career goals.

At LWTech, we are committed to providing students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for success in the field of Illustration. Enroll today and take the first step towards a rewarding career.

Additional Illustration Program Information

Entry into the Illustration program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

Additional admission requirements are listed below. 

Admission to the applied bachelor's degree is competitive.

BAS Application Requirements

  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. An earned associate degree or equivalent (90 credits) in an appropriate concentration from an accredited institution; appropriate concentrations include:
    • Illustration
    • Design (e.g., Graphic Design)
    • Digital Gaming and Interactive Media
    • Digital Entertainment Design and Production
    • Graphic Technologies
    • Digital Media
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.0
  4. Completion of the Prerequisite Requirements listed below
  5. An illustration portfolio that includes 5 portfolio artworks
  6. Image list with title, media, size, and date created for all 5 artworks

BAS Admission Prerequisites

  • Completion of all General Education prerequisite courses listed below with a minimum 2.0 GPA in each course
    • 5 credits of college-level Math (with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite) or higher
    • 5 credits of college-level English (ENGL&101 or equivalent)
    • 5 credits of college-level Humanities
    • 5 credits of college-level Social Science
    • 5 credits of college-level Lab Science course
  • Completion of the following Applied Art prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a minimum 2.5 GPA in each course
    • ART 121 Introduction to Drawing or equivalent, 5 credits
    • ART 255 Beginning Painting or equivalent, 5 credits
    • ART 205 Human Life Drawing or equivalent, 5 credits OR ART 203 Intermediate Drawing or equivalent, 5 credits
    • DSGN 121 Vector Illustration 1 with Illustrator or equivalent, 5 credits
    • DSGN 122 Image Editing 1 with Photoshop or equivalent, 5 credits

BAS Application Deadlines

Additional Application Information

Applied Art - Illustration BAS Application

AAS-T Prerequisites

Admission to the associate degree is open to all students. 

AAS-T Application

Entry into the Illustration AAS-T program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

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Program Information Session Dates

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


If you are interested in attending a session, please email Jason Sobottka at

At LWTech, we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Illustration program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may require a full or partial background check as well as a drug test before you start the job.

Please know LWTech is committed to your inclusion at the college and you can talk with an advisor about alternative options that may be similar to this program.