Appealing to a wide audience that includes designers, engineers, information architects, writers, sociologists, and entrepreneurs, this certificate provides a thorough education on how to develop compelling user experiences (UX). Students learn the latest strategies, techniques, and underlying technologies used by leading agencies to develop and deploy world-class user experiences. Areas covered include user research, developing user personas and scenarios, information architecture, responsive design, mobile first, system and user interface design, prototype creation, and usability testing, analytics and analysis. An emphasis will be on learning through making, and evaluation will be based on the application of research with aesthetics being a component but not an end artifact in isolation. (So, portfolios will display process, prototypes, application scenarios and result observations.) Students can complete the program in one year, if they start in the fall or winter. They can also start the program in any quarter for a slightly longer time period. The curriculum has a suggested sequence, and the certificate requires an undergraduate degree for admittance. Students without a degree can petition the department for admittance, subject to successfully passing a portfolio review and interview, overseen by the department.
Application & Candidacy Fee: $250.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $9,100.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $1,500.00
Estimated Total Cost: $10,850.00
Costs are approximate and subject to change. Estimated costs do not include parking.
*The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you to access a variety of program benefits.
Internship Available: No