What is the BTAD? The Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design program (BTAD) at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTECH) was launched during the fall quarter of 2009. It is a very different kind of design program. The BTAD is similar to a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree program as far as academic rigor, course content and credit load; however, it is different in mission. The BTAD is a broad-spectrum design program with curriculum and program outcomes geared toward educating design professionals in design thinking, strategic practice, 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 design, video / film making –and also tangent disciplines such as welding, manufacturing technology, engineering, journalism and even business administration. The program purpose is directed at educating design professionals but also managers and business leaders who can bring design thinking and innovative process into new best practice within industry. With its workforce focus the BTAD brings relevance to design education in alignment with industry best practice.