Following the advent of mobile devices, advanced web technologies, and user-centered design, demand for qualified User Experience (UX) designers has skyrocketed.
UX design isn't just the process of maximizing functionality or making your product look attractive, it is a science with a significant focus on research, data collection, and psychology of human-computer interaction.
The User Experience Design certificate provides students with a practical knowledge of UX principles, software, and techniques for analysis. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have portfolio-worthy projects and can immediately apply their new skills to their current design job or future professions as Junior UX designers.
In class options might be available for some courses.
*Cost may vary by format selection and curriculum updates.
*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
Please note: Materials and software requirements vary by course. Before taking an online course, refer to the course description for exact software requirements. Student discounts may apply to certain subscriptions/software. Please visit their respective website for more details.
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.
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Students who wish to apply to this program should meet the following prerequisites:
1. Basic knowledge of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Suggested option: Completion of the UC San Diego Coursera course Human-Centered Design: an Introduction. Students may audit this course and view all videos and lectures for free on Coursera.
2. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS
Suggested option: Completion of the UC San Diego Extension course CSE-41207 Introduction to HTML and CSS.
No transcripts or other documentation proving these prerequisites have been completed is necessary when applying to the program. Once these prerequisites are met, students must then complete the UX Design Certificate application (if you don't already have a MyExtension account, you will need to make one) and pay the application fee. There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program.
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The employment outlook for UX Designers over the next decade is very good. In 2015, CNN Money named User Experience Designers among the top 15 Best Jobs in America, with median pay of $89,300 and projected job growth of 18% in the next decade. (Learn more).
No, we do not currently offer job placement assistance, internships, or career services assistance.
Most courses combine theory with hands-on exercises. Our courses are taught by professionals who work in the field they teach, and will bring real-life projects and examples to your course.
Yes! This program can be completed entirely online. All assignments, discussion posts, and tests can be completed online and submitted through Blackboard, our online learning platform.
The link for UC San Diego Extension’s Blackboard is: https://ucsdextension.blackboard.com/
You can also preview Blackboard with a short tour.
Yes. Our programs are designed to be working-student friendly and most of our students are working professionals. The courses vary between two and three units, which amount to approximately 18-20 hours of class time for a two unit course and 27-30 hours of class time for a three unit course.
You officially have five years to complete all requirements for the certificate, although students can usually complete the entire program in 1.25- 1.75 years (5-7 quarters) by taking 1-2 courses per quarter.
All required courses cost $795 each. The estimated cost of the entire certificate program, including certificate fee, enrollment fees, and textbooks/materials is $6,630.
Your mileage may vary depending on what electives you choose. How students pace their coursework may affect the program cost since many courses require software subscriptions, which are charged by month.
Students pay as they go when they register for classes, not in one lump sum.
UC San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). UC San Diego Extension — like all other UC San Diego schools, colleges, and departments — is accredited by WASC through the University. All courses and certificate programs offered by UC San Diego Extension have been developed and are administered in accordance with Extension policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.
When you have paid your certificate fee and successfully completed all program requirements, you will need to request an audit by Student Services. To request an audit:
• In your My Extension account, click on “My Courses.”
• On the right side of the page under “My Certificates,” click on the name of the certificate.
• On the right side of the page under “Tools,” click on “Request Certificate Audit.”
• Complete and submit the form that appears.
Once you have formally submitted your audit request, your certificate will be mailed to the address we have on file for you within ten business days.
UC San Diego Extension facilitates private education loans through UC Approved Lenders for students officially enrolled in a certificate. Information on these programs can be found at extension.ucsd.edu/financial. State-Funded Training is available through EDD (Employment Development Dept.); more information can be found on their website: www.edd.ca.gov.
Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students.
No student visa is required, nor does this program qualify for a student visa since it is a part-time, fully online program.
Students must complete the first four required courses, as well as 6 units of electives, prior to enrolling in the capstone UX Portfolio course. All required courses must be taken in sequence and not simultaneously.
The UX Portfolio course may only be taken after the student has completed all required courses and electives. Please view individual course pages on our website for specific prerequisites.
Students may enroll concurrently in more than one course, however we recommend participating in the required certificate courses in the order listed on our certificate matrix above.
Certificate students should begin the program with Principles of User Experience (UX).
STEP 1: If you have a My Extension student account, skip to Step 2. If you do not have a My Extension account, go to myextension.ucsd.edu, click “Create an account” on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions to create an account. Once you have a My Extension account, continue to Step 2.
STEP 2: Click on the “Apply Now” button on the certificate page. Complete the required fields on the application. Then click the “Save” button. Once you have saved the application, the “Submit” button will appear. Click the “Submit” button to submit your application for review and consideration. Once submitted, your application cannot be changed. You can track the progress of your application at My Extension.
Is there an application fee for the certificate program?
Current application or certificate enrollment fees, if any, are listed under the “Apply Now” button on the certificate page on our website.
Yes, you may enroll in the program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate. Enrolling in the certificate also gives you access to quarterly, personalized enrollment reminders from the program manager.
Yes, you may take any course in this program except for the final capstone portfolio course without registering for the certificate, provided you have fulfilled any and all prerequisites for the course.
We recommend enrolling as soon as possible. Many of our core certificate courses will fill up before the course start date.
Each quarter we also offer an early enrollment discount of $25 on select courses if you enroll by the discount deadline.
To enroll in a class, click on the class link in the course matrix above and that will take you to the specific class page. On the class page you can find additional details about the course such as start date, time, classroom number, instructor and textbook info. To enroll click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process. You can also register over the phone with Student Services at 858-534-3400.
Enrollment in a class may be blocked in the following situations:
If you feel that you have fulfilled the prerequisites, please contact email@example.com.
When students enroll in a class they are given three grading options: Letter grade, Pass/No Pass, or Not for Credit. Students taking a class as part of a certificate need to complete their classes for credit (i.e. Pass/No Pass or Letter grade) and receive a C-/Pass or higher grade.
Grades below a C-, No Pass, and Not for Credit do not count towards certificate requirements.
The refund deadline for the language courses is typically six (6) days after the first class meeting. This allows students to attend the first class meeting to determine if the class is a good fit for them. The exact refund deadline for each section is listed in the section notes.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings, participate in class, and complete all homework assignments. Attendance is factored as a part of students’ final grades, and varies by instructor. Typically students can miss one class meeting without it impacting their final grade as long as they still complete their homework. Students who miss a class meeting should always reach out to their instructor regarding late work and homework.
You will have access to the online Blackboard class on the official start date of the class/exam/info session. Access will be available at 12:01am Pacific Time.
Enrollment to online classes can take up to 24 hours to process and sync up to our online classroom platform, Blackboard. For example, if a class started on Tuesday and that is the day a student enrolled, they will likely not have full access to the class until 24 hours later on Wednesday.
Each student has their own learning style so this can vary greatly. As a rule of thumb, expect to spend an average of two hours studying for every hour you spend in-class. For online courses, students should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week viewing lectures and completing coursework.
Online courses will be asynchronous. Students do not need to meet at a specific time online, but will need to log in each week to view the lessons, participate in course discussion, and complete and submit coursework.
The program courses are taught by seasoned professionals and overseen by an advisory board of leaders in the field. You can view the advisor list under the “Advisors” section on the certificate page. You can find information about a course instructor, including a biography and credentials, on the course page.
Each instructor has his/her own preferred method of communication and response policy, which will be detailed on the course syllabus. However, most instructors utilize email or the discussion board and will respond within 24-48 hours.
Three unit courses run for approximately 9 weeks; four unit courses run for approximately 10 weeks. For exact course dates of upcoming sections, visit the webpage of the course you are interested in taking on our website.
All of our in-class courses are held at our La Jolla Extension complex or at our University City Center location. For directions, visit https://extension.ucsd.edu/maps
If your class is located at our La Jolla campus and takes place on a weeknight, you will need to pay for parking. No parking permit is required at our University City Center (UCC) location.
We recommend purchasing a quarterly night parking permit (~$43). If you are taking a 9-10 week class it is more affordable to buy this permit rather than use the hourly permit machines ($3 per hour). Quarterly night permits can be purchased online at: http://ow.ly/DnTP302mth0. Parking on weekends is free.
Materials and software requirements vary by course. For details, check the course page.
Students can transfer in up to two courses that match the content of our required courses. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the transferability of previously completed courses.
UC San Diego Extension is not a degree granting institution, however many UC San Diego Extension courses can be transferred to other colleges or universities.
The transferability of credit is determined solely by the receiving institution. Students should discuss how your individual courses will transfer with the Office of the Registrar at the receiving institution prior to enrolling.
Quarter to Semester Unit Conversion
If the receiving institution operates on a semester system, credits will be converted to semester hours during their evaluation. As a general rule, quarter credits are converted to semester credits by dividing the number of quarter credits by 1.5. For example, if the student completed a course worth 4 quarter credits at UC San Diego Extension, the course would be worth 4 ÷ 1.5 = 2.66 semester credits.
If you are interested in taking courses at UC San Diego Extension, you will need to obtain written approval from your school principal or counselor. The approval must be signed and printed on school letterhead, and must be included with your registration. If you are homeschooled, your approval needs to be signed by your contact in your local school district.
The letter should verify that you, the student, have the maturity and academic readiness to attend a post-baccalaureate level or college-level course.
Approvals can be faxed to 858-534-8527, emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to:
UCSD Extension Student Services
9500 Gilman Dr., Dept. 0176-H
La Jolla, CA 92093-0176
We are unable to accept letters signed by your parent, even if your parent is your teacher and/or school administrator. If you have taken community college courses, an official transcript from that college verifying coursework will be accepted in lieu of a letter from your high school or district. College transcripts must reflect a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
**Please note that some courses may address adult themes when discussing case studies.
For questions regarding our classes and certificates, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-534-6731.
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