Lake Washington Tech Senior Students Enter College-Style "Shark Tank"


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

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Kirkland, WA – Lake Washington Institute of Technology Multimedia Design students enter the “Shark Tank” this week as they prepare to present their final two-year projects to a panel of industry experts for review.

“Our panel is only slightly sensitive to feelings,” said Caroline Kapp, Lake Washington Tech Digital Design Faculty. “We want students to walk out of this presentation and into the working world. The panel is pretty candid with their feedback.”

But it works. Last year, students walked out of the Portfolio Defense and into a local internships. One student landed a second round interview with a creative recruitment agency. “We are a workforce college and that’s what we strive for,” said Kapp.

Recent graduates are working at Amazon, the Seattle Storm and Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios creating video and motion graphics and games.

The Portfolio Defense is the culmination of two years’ worth of hands-on education in 2D, 3D and 4D design, and gaming for multiple devices. Presentations function as a sneak peek of what the next generation of artists and designers are thinking and creating. The Spring Multimedia Portfolio Defenses will take place Friday, June 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m. at LWTech’s Kirkland campus and promises to be both visual and insightful.

The public is invited to attend. Each presentation is five minutes.

The MMDP Portfolio Defenses is the final step in the two-year Associate of Applied Science program. Students deliver a five-minute presentation of their best portfolio work, and the industry panelists in turn critique the work, ask tough questions and provide suggestions to be more competitive.

“At the Portfolio Defenses you can see the quality work, you can hear about the innovative ideas, you can meet the passionate creators,” said Kapp. “These portfolio defenses are game changers in the competition for a job.”


Where: LWTech Kirkland campus, Technology Building, lecture room T121

When: June 13, 2014   11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

What: Spring 2014 Multimedia Portfolio Defenses

Who: Graduating students from the Multimedia program and Industry professionals

What you’ll see: Portfolio presentations in digital design, video and motion graphics, gaming media


About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.