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User Experience (UX) Design Certificate

Following the advent of mobile devices, advanced web technologies, and user-centered design, demand for qualified User Experience (UX) designers has skyrocketed.

Good UX can create loyal customers or guide them toward a sale; bad UX can break your app or stop users in their tracks – and it's important to be on the right side of that decisive click.

However, User Experience Design (UX) isn't just the process of maximizing functionality or making your product look attractive; UX is a science with a significant focus on research, data collection, and psychology of human-computer interaction. Because of this, UX designers must possess a wide range of skills.

This certificate in User Experience Design provides students with a practical knowledge of UX principles, software, and techniques for analysis. Upon successful completion of the User Experience Design certificate, students will have completed a portfolio and a gained a solid foundation in UX that can be applied immediately to their current or future professions.

For detailed information, please enroll in the online on-demand User Experience (UX) Design Information Session.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Information Session (Find out more about the program in a free, online information session.)
User Experience Design Professional Certificate - Information Session
INFO-70118
0
O O O O
REQUIRED COURSES (Minimum of 20 units required)
Principles of User Experience (UX)
ART-40638
4
O O O O
User Experience (UX) Design I
ART-40639
4
O O O O
User Experience (UX) Design II
ART-40642
4
O O O O
Responsive Design and User Experience (UX)
ART-40640
4
O O O O
User Experience (UX) Portfolio
ART-40641
4
O O O O
ELECTIVES (Minimum of 6 units required)
Web Media: Principles & Techniques of Web Design
ART-40523
4
O O O O
Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud
ART-40665
3
O O O O
User Interface Design
ART-40535
3
O O O O
Adobe Dreamweaver I: Introduction
ART-40325
3
O O O O
Adobe Dreamweaver II: Intermediate
ART-40532
3
O O O O
Adobe Photoshop I: Introduction
ART-40311
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Adobe Photoshop II: Intermediate
ART-40526
3
O O O O
Adobe Illustrator
ART-40527
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Design Essentials A: Elements of Design
ART-40540
3
O O O O
Design Essentials B: Advanced Applications of Design
ART-40541
3
O   O  
Introduction to Programming
CSE-40028
3
O O O O
Web and Internet Literacy
CSE-41206
4
X X X X
HTML5 and CSS
CSE-41207
3
X X X X
Web Analytics
CSE-41132
3
X X X X
HTML5 and jQuery
CSE-41209
3
X X X X
JavaScript I
CSE-40591
3
X X X X
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Marketing
CSE-41157
3
X X X X
User Experience Metrics
CSE-41260
3
X   X  
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts, 858-534-6731
Email: unex-digital@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

Students who wish to apply to this program should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), demonstrated, for example, by completion of the online course offered by Scott Klemmer, UC San Diego: https://www.coursera.org/learn/human-computer-interaction. Students may view all videos and lectures for free on Coursera.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, in order to understand the working environment and limitations faced by programmers, demonstrated, for example, by completion of UC San Diego Extension courses Web and Internet Literacy and HTML5/CSS, or similar courses from Codecademy or Lynda.com.

Complete the application and pay application fee.

Certificate Guidelines

This program can be completed in 5-8 quarters (taking 1-2 courses per quarter). Tuition is $595-795 per course. All required courses are offered online, with a selection of courses held onsite each quarter. Note, some electives may not be available online.

About online courses:

  • Online courses in this certificate are led by live instructors, but students may view lectures according to their own schedules. There are no set lecture dates or times; however, students will be required to meet weekly assignment deadlines, participate in critiques, and contribute to discussion topics.
  • Online students should expect to spend four to six hours per week per course.
  • Online students must provide their own software.
  • To preview our e-learning system, visit ucsdextension.blackboard.com.
  • System requirements

Advisors

Corey Fayman, M.A.
Interactive Designer, Instructor
UC San Diego Extension

Jessica Hilt, B.A.
ITI Technical Outreach Coordinator
UC San Diego

James Hollan, Ph.D
Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science
UC San Diego

Ben Katz, B.A.
CEO
JSX, Givalike

Tristan Loper
Digital Manager
Voice of San Diego

Lindsay Matheson
Senior UX Designer
Digitaria

Jesse Mellon
Senior Designer
Teradata

Ian Miller
Director of Product Management
Eventbrite

Brian Murken, B.S.
CEO
Murken Media

Annika Nelson, B.A.
Operations Manager
UC San Diego Extension

Gk Parish-Philp, B.A.
Co-Founder
PlaySwell

Brett Pollak
Director, Campus Web Office
UC San Diego

Donna Sandsmark
Project Manager, Instructor
UC San Diego Extension

Kristian Secor, M.S.
Web Developer, Instructor
UC San Diego Extension

Peter Thomas, M.A., Ed.M.
Assoc. Director, Arts, Humanities, Languages, Digital Arts
UC San Diego Extension

Jen-Yi Wang, M.S.
Director, Application Management Group
UC San Diego Extension

Jeremy Wiles
User Experience Architect, Campus Web Office
UC San Diego