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Design, AAS-T

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The Design AAS-T degree prepares students to plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to produce websites, content for mobile devices, and design layouts and interactive documents for print or screen-based publishing using industry standard software.

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.

Design AAS-T degree graduates will:

  • be prepared for entry-level jobs in digital publishing, web design and mobile content design
  • demonstrate superior technical skills in industry standard software
  • create effective solutions to design challenges using the elements and principles of design
  • apply drawing skills and principles of color theory to projects and exercises
  • create, edit and integrate vector and raster graphics within a variety of layouts for web, mobile device, print and interactive projects
  • describe the historical significance and current design standards for typographic design, and effectively use type in print and screen-based publications
  • apply basic coding skills to projects using HTML, CSS and other scripting languages
  • demonstrate an understanding of content management systems through use in projects
  • describe the importance of site navigation and usability in web and mobile design
  • prepare project deliverables for commercially printed materials, interactive documents and ePublications
  • demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
  • meet Humanities , Natural Science , Quantitative Reasoning , Social Science , and Written Communication  general education distribution area outcomes

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Requirements

Required Course Sequence - Fall Quarter Start*

General Education Requirements - 25 Credits

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

Total Program Credits: 96-98

*Students who start the Design AAS-T in spring quarter will have a different recommended course sequence, listed below.

Required Course Sequence - Spring Quarter Start

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