The University of the arts


UX Design

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A Usability + User Experience Program


Design thinking is the new standard. The UX Design Certificate Program provides an introduction to designing user-centered experiences for the web, mobile and beyond. You will navigate the process from collecting research and transferring into a final design. At the conclusion of the program, you'll be prepared for the field with an understanding of best practices and how to design with empathy.

Why UArts?

• Classes are designed to support work-life balance — students can work while taking our classes

• An institutional focus on art + design principles infuses the curriculum with a creative approach to design solutions

• UArts students stand out from other candidates entering the field because they learn to clearly present their projects and ideas to clients and co-workers

• Cohort structure helps to begin building a professional network of peers

• High-quality faculty are experts in the field

Program Structure

The program can be completed in three sequential semesters. All classes meet on campus once a week from 6-9 pm. In addition, classes are supplemented with special topic presentations, field trips, and hands-on experiences; students attend 6 presentations or special programs over the course of the program.

Tuition: $600 - $900 per couse
Fees: $30  - $40 per course.

Participate in this program to:
  • Learn design thinking strategies in project development

  • Use a design process that emphasizes testing

  • learn how to collect research about end-user needs

  • Learn to synthesize research and integrate it into your design process

  • Understand your end users’ real needs—their cultures, their pain points.

Required Courses

  • Orientation and Introduction to Design Thinking
First course | 1 Day | $125

One day workshop, including a faculty presentation on history of design thinking, workshop exercises and guest presenters.

  • Usability: A Case Study – Finding Solutions
Second course | 5 weeks | $640

Take an existing product through usability test phase.

  • User-Centered Design: Research Phase
Third course | 5 weeks | $640

Learn about the psychology of design research, how to do client research; synthesizing user research + test to create a design solution.

  • Usability and User Experience
Fourth course | 10 weeks | $940

Content, Strategy + Research; process + manage a digital project from start to finish.

  • Project Management for Creatives
Fifth course | 3 Days | $640

Examine all aspects of digital agency operations from finding the right clients and negotiating-to contract writing basics and effectively scheduling and managing workflow.

  • Capstone Project
Final course | 10 weeks | $940

Students will work with real world clients to take a UX design project through the entire cycle through: research phase, userflow, validation, testing + presentation

Total Required                                                                                                               13.0                 6 courses