UX / UI Design Certificate

The Multimedia, Design & Development certificate program will be discontinued as of fall 2020. New students taking classes starting in summer 2020 will not be eligible to earn the certificate. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

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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 $3,075. 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.

Professional Credit:
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.

Certificate of Completion Request

Once you have completed the necessary coursework, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form:

*Subject to change

UX/UI Design Certificate

0.6 CEU

Prerequisites: Completion of Information Design 1 or Introduction to UX Design or working experience as a UX designer.

Course Description:
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.


0.6 CEU

Prerequisites: User Centered Research & Design

Course Description:
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.


1.8 CEU

Prerequisites: Diagramming the User Experience; Familiarity with Photoshop or Illustrator is suggested

Course Description:
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.


1.8 CEU

Prerequisites: Information Design I or permission of the instructor; Familiarity with HTML5/CSS3 and graphic design software is suggested

Course Description:
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.


1.8 CEU

Prerequisites: Information Design I

Course Description:
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.


1.2 CEU

Prerequisites: None

Course Description:
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.


1.5 CEU

Prerequisites: None

Course Description:
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.


Total Hours

9.3 CEU (93 Hours)