About this Program
User experience (UX) design has emerged as one of the hottest fields in today’s tech-driven economy. Effective UX design is crucial — it goes beyond the visual aesthetics of mobile and web-based applications to encompass the entire experience of an end user when interacting with any information, product or service.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll discover how to use the latest design techniques, tools and technologies to create rich interactive experiences. You’ll learn how to apply a four-stage, iterative process of user-centered design thinking — defining user need, ideating on solutions, creating testable prototypes, and implementing the chosen solution. We’ll explore content strategies, research methods and usability studies, as well as how information architecture and visualization influence web and device screen design.
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How to Become a User Experience Designer DESIGNED FOR
Professionals with some experience in graphic design, front-end development, digital marketing or content strategy who want to get started in UX design.
Those who want to enter the UX writing field or create better user experiences through website or app copy might consider the
Foundations of UX Writing course. Those who are interested in developing digital games might consider the Specialization in Game Prototyping with Unity. See all related programs.
Alum Joan Williams explains how the Certificate in UX & Visual Interface Design prompted a positive career change in a booming field.
Play what you'll learn
Design thinking that places user needs at the forefront of each stage of the product development process
Low- and high-fidelity prototype creation for modeling and usability testing
Techniques for research, metadata modeling, information hierarchy and architecture
Visual design principles for interactive screens, including the use of graphics, animation, sound and hypermedia
How to address issues of accessibility
get hands-on experience
Conduct user interviews and create user personas
Use industry-standard tools for organizing content and developing testable prototypes
Complete a capstone project that integrates UX features with visual design
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the
Alumni working in field
Amazon, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Avalara, Boeing, MCG Health
Projected job growth for web and digital interface designers in Washington state (2020–30)
Average salary for web and digital interface designers in the U.S. (2021)
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