Applied Design


Bachelor's of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) graduates are prepared for today's jobs 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 disciplines. Utilizing critical thinking skills specific to design thinking and creative process, BTAD grads have gone on to successful careers at prestigious companies including Microsoft and Bungie. Also, many have been accepted into graduate programs such as: University of Washington's Human Centered Design & Engineering, Cranbook Academy of Art, ArtCenter College of Design, Arizona State University and the University of Mexico. 

The BTAD is a broad-spectrum design program geared toward educating design professionals in design thinking, design strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and design process. The program attracts students from a wide range of design and technical backgrounds including architecture, industrial design, interaction design, game design, graphic designvideo / film making, and also tangent disciplines such as welding, manufacturing technology, machining technology, engineering, journalism and even business administration. The program has a workforce focus. It brings relevance to design education in alignment with industry best practice. Faculty educate future design professionals who will be able to bring design thinking and innovative process into new best practices.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design are selected on a competitive basis. This program has application and qualification requirements with an application deadline unique to the program. Program information sessions and specialized advising is available before applying to this program.

For questions about specific program content or courses, please email lead faculty Steve Ater. For further program admissions information, application requirements and program cost questions, email Lynne Szymanski, Student Success Navigator.

Students who wish to take courses without being admitted to the program (non-matriculated) may be considered on a space-available basis.

Information Sessions