UX/UI Design Certificate
The UX/UI Design certificate provides students with a practical knowledge of UX principles, tools and techniques in user interaction and user experience design. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will have completed a portfolio and gain a solid foundation in UX that can be applied immediately to their current or future job opportunities.
Estimated Time & Cost*
The UX/UI Design certificate is scheduled to be completed in 12 months and has an estimated cost of $3900, plus a $50 certificate of completion fee. Each course in the track is individually priced. Students pay the course fees at the time of registration.
There are no formal requirements, but students are advised to fulfill the prerequisites prior to enrolling in advanced level courses.
Continuing Education Units
Credit is recorded as continuing education units (CEU), which provide a standard of measurement for non-degree educational experiences. Continuing education units cannot be applied to a degree.
This program is part of CalJOBS, which provides employment training for adults and dislocated workers. Learn more about CalJOBS.
*Subject to change
UX/UI Design Certificate
Diagramming the User Experience
Prerequisites: User Centered Research & Design
Journey mapping is a way to visualize a person’s experience over time and across multiple touch points. Journey maps are a way to represent processes and the relationships among components with images that are more effective and easier to understand than verbal descriptions. In this class students with learn how to create a visual representation that illustrates users’ flow (within a product or service), their needs, wants, expectations and the overall experience for a particular goal.
Information Design I
Prerequisites: Diagramming the User Experience; Familiarity with Photoshop or Illustrator is suggested
Information Design is the organization, labeling and presentation of information to help user’s complete tasks, easily find what they’re looking for and fully understand what they’ve found. In this course, students will learn foundational Information Architecture practices and how best to present and organize content throughout sites and apps. Students will learn to create documents like sitemaps, comprehensive content inventories, user flows, intuitive navigational structures and wireframe layouts.
Information Design II
Prerequisites: Information Design I or permission of the instructor; Familiarity with HTML5/CSS3 and graphic design software is suggested
A continuation of Information Design I, this class delves more deeply into the world of Information Design with an emphasis on representing the structure and interactions of more complex and dynamic sites. We will discuss techniques for diagramming user experience, representing dynamic interactions in schematics, rapid prototyping, and more extensive usability techniques including creating click-through prototypes and conducting heuristics evaluations.
Prerequisites: Information Design I
Good interaction design is the foundation of billion-dollar e-businesses. It's a subtle craft that touches on many disciplines and strives to accomplish the most elusive goal -- to anticipate and guide human behavior. A handful of basic principles underlie all good interaction design. In this class, students will master the principles, apply them to real-world problems, present and defend their work to a team of colleagues. This course prepares students to work as interaction designers in a business environment.
Introduction to UX Design
User Experience is everything that affects a user’s behavior and interaction with a product or service. This class will allow students to discover what the field of UX encompasses and how it relates to other disciplines. We will identify different roles within UX and the responsibilities of each. We will also show different tasks and deliverables a UX designer might have during a regular working day. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of some of the UX methods and tools through practical exercises.
Prerequisites: This course is available to certificate track students who are submitting their graduation application.
Portfolio Development is the culminating course for Multimedia, Design & Development certificate students. It provides guidance in the latest techniques for writing effective resumes, developing a portfolio and presentation skills that are crucial both to entering the job market and building a client base. The class provides students with a well-structured, safe and supportive environment in which to plan, design, develop and present a branded, employer-facing portfolio project that shows skills, knowledge and passion for the job desired.
User-Centered Research & Design
Learn the basics of UX and user-centered design. Explore the core research techniques professionals use to gain customer insight and get experience by working on hands-on projects. By the end, you'll understand user research and have a toolkit of methods you can use throughout your career. You'll develop real experience to draw upon for interviews. Whether you want a career in UX/UI design or you just want to build better products, this course is the perfect next step.
Prerequisites: Information Design I and Interaction Design
Design sprints are a framework for teams of any size to solve and test design problems in two to five days. Students will learn the methods for conducting a design sprint that delivers valuable, actionable insights. We will cover how to frame and define problem statements (the “sprint challenge”), generate and evaluate possible solutions, design in rapid iterations, include user testing and derive actionable recommendations and directions for improving products and services.
12.9 CEU (129 Hours)