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Certificate in User-Centered Design

Create Technology Experiences That Delight


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8-9 months
  • Times: Evenings, Days
  • Cost: $11,700 (estimated)

Next start date:

September 2023

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About this Program

You can tell almost immediately when a website or app has been designed with the user in mind — it’s intuitive, appealing and effective. As technology firms and other organizations recognize the importance and business value of a great user experience, the demand for UX designers has soared.

In this four-course graduate certificate program, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the core principles of user-centered design. We’ll explore how usability studies and interaction design can influence web design and product development, and look at the latest innovations in the field. Acquire the in-depth knowledge and skills you need to craft your career in this dynamic profession.

▸ Related Article: How to Become a User Experience Designer


Professionals with experience in design, software development, product development or product marketing who want to get intensive training in UX design. 

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Video Overview

Daniella Kim, an instructor for the Certificate in User-Centered Design, talks about the cutting-edge nature of the program and significant career benefits for students.

Duration: 02:22


  • Sophisticated methods for planning and developing intuitive, user-friendly product design
  • Techniques for UX design and research, visual communication and information visualization, interaction design and prototyping, and web design
  • Design principles for interactive media, including use of graphics and hypermedia
  • User research theories and techniques for placing user needs at the forefront of each stage of the design process


  • Develop and evaluate real-world user-centered design projects
  • Plan and execute usability testing on product prototypes
  • Plan a web development project utilizing UX design principles

Earn Credit Toward Your Master’s Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Master of Human Centered Design & Engineering. To use these credits, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course of the certificate program. 

Learning Format



Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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