Program Focus

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Design (BASD) at LWTech is a two-year transfer degree in design. Students who have earned an AAS degree or equivalent (90 credits) at an accredited college or university can transfer in at the junior (3rd year) level. This provides an upward education pathway for many community college graduates but also a second degree pathway for students who have already earned a Bachelor degree in a different area of study. The BASD curriculum focuses on preparing students for specific design workforce careers. The BASD is a broad-spectrum design program geared toward educating design professionals in design thinking, design strategy, innovation, human centered design and new design processes.

The program attracts students from a wide range of design and technical backgrounds including architecture, industrial design, interaction design, game design, graphic design, video/film making – and tangent disciplines such as welding, manufacturing technology, machining technology, engineering, journalism and even business administration. The program brings relevance to design education in alignment with industry best practices. Faculty educate future design professionals who will be able to bring design thinking and innovative processes into new best practices. For details about the BASD curricul um, please see the catalog page on our college website.

Graduates with a BASD are prepared for today’s careers in the design industry. They are also equipped with greater skills to succeed in long-term, fast-changing careers across a wide range of design and other disciplines. Graduates have gone on to successful careers at prestigious companies including Amazon, Boeing, Bungie, Microsoft, and Phillips. Also, many have been accepted into graduate programs such as: University of Washington Human Centered Design & Engineering, Cranbook Academy of Art, ArtCenter College of Design, Arizona State University, Parsons the New School, and the University of New Mexico, among others.

Application Process

Applicants to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Design program are selected on a competitive basis. This program has competitive application and qualification requirements. We have a rolling admissions process with a guaranteed review deadline date set in May every year; however, our curriculum is designed to start in fall quarter and matriculate in a sequential order. We encourage interested applicants to apply early and no later than 6 weeks before the fall quarter start date. Program information sessions and specialized advising is available before applying to this program. Students who wish to take courses without being admitted to the program (non-matriculated) may be considered on a space-available basis.

For more program information, Info session dates, admission requirements, application form links, and other details please visit our college website. Please contact the BASD Faculty Director Steve Ater with any questions.
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