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User Experience and Web Design
Certificate Program

User Experience and Web Design

Intuitive design

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Certificate Description

"When you focus on the foundation, learning all the aspects of the user-centered design cycle and understanding usability issues, you will be prepared to wear the many hats that industry is asking of its UI/UX designers."
 
— Min Wu, Ph.D., Chair, User Experience and Web Design Certificate Program
   

   

Designing for your users

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension's newly revised User Experience and Web Design certificate program teaches you to anticipate user needs and design the look and feel of new products that are intuitive and easy to use. Learn customer analytics and behavior by working with a design team of peers. Explore different areas of focus to integrate your creativity with the most effective, best practices in the industry.

Areas of focus

  • User experience design
  • Visual design
  • Design implementation

User Experience and Web Design certificate program objectives

  • Understand the iterative and user-centered design process with the spiral model.
  • Use the user-centered design strategies and methods to create highly effective, pleasurable, and usable products while meeting business goals and objectives.
  • Understand and apply the design principles to create effective user interfaces for mobile devices and products that incorporate wearable technology.
  • Be able to implement a design prototype using various prototyping tools.
  • Be able to evaluate the user interface through user research and heuristic evaluation.
  • Learn and apply the visual design principles to create engaging user interfaces.
  • Be able to use HTML/CSS/JavaScript to prototype websites or single page web applications.
     

     

Future of Product Development, Virtual Reality & Wearable Technology

Eric Dorf, B.F.A., D.M.B.A., senior UX designer at Google and instructor, discuss designing for new surfaces and experiences—the evolution of the product designer, designing for new surfaces/experiences, how to be aware of new trends, and skill sets and design for integrated experiences. (Oct. 7, 2021)

Program Overview

Estimated Cost: Starting at $5,550. (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 6–7 courses (minimum 17 quarter units). Take 5 core courses (13 quarter units) and 2–3 elective courses (minimum 4 quarter units). End with a certificate of completion review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction: Minimum 170 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.

Courses


1. Core Course(s): Part A - All Required

Quarter Units: 2.0
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03-22-2023 to 04-21-2023
$715.00
UEWD.X407.(811)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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05-27-2023 to 07-09-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X411.(815)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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01-18-2023 to 03-15-2023
$795.00
UEWD.X416.(10)
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2. Core Course(s): Part B - One Required or Take Both & Other Part B Course Will Count as an Elective)

Quarter Units: 3.0
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01-21-2023 to 03-04-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X412.(9)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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Cost
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04-03-2023 to 06-12-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X414.(10)
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3. Electives:

Quarter Units: 3.0
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02-18-2023 to 04-01-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X420.(6)
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Quarter Units: 1.5
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04-12-2023 to 05-03-2023
$625.00
UEWD.X400.(10)
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UEWD.X419
Quarter Units: 3.0
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04-01-2023 to 04-29-2023
$795.00
UEWD.X419.(9)
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Quarter Units: 2.0
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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05-06-2023 to 06-10-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X405.(10)
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Quarter Units: 2.0
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02-15-2023 to 03-24-2023
$715.00
UEWD.X406.(819)

04-25-2023 to 05-28-2023
$715.00
UEWD.X406.(820)
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UEWD.X410
Quarter Units: 2.0
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01-18-2023 to 02-17-2023
$715.00
UEWD.X410.(822)

04-04-2023 to 04-30-2023
$715.00
UEWD.X410.(823)
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Quarter Units: 2.0
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05-09-2023 to 06-27-2023
$710.00
UEWD.X421.(5)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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01-21-2023 to 03-04-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X412.(9)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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Cost
Instructor
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01-09-2023 to 03-27-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X415.(5)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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Cost
Instructor
Location
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04-03-2023 to 06-12-2023
$950.00
UEWD.X414.(10)
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4. Capstone Course: Required

Quarter Units: 2.0
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02-07-2023 to 05-02-2023
$720.00
UEWD.X490.(12)
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5. Completion Review:

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Meet Our Instructors

Alp Tiritoglu
Principal, Start Up Toys & UILAB LLC
Audrey A Blumeneau
CVC-OEI Lead Reviewer |Web Design Tech Instructor
Eric Dorf
Senior UX Designer, Google
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Creative Dtr., former owner, Wild Horse Design | Research Coord., Stanford
Min Wu
Senior Staff Software Engineer, ServiceNow
Samuel S Ting
Visual Design Lead, IBM Data & AI
Teresa M Hardy
Digital Marketer|Web Developer, New Media-Designs, Program Chair
Vicki L Winters
Owner, V-Link Studio

What students are saying===

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"The capstone project course was my favorite course for sure. I got to exercise my skill of coding but still do design. Everything we learned we got to put into it."
— Jumar Balacy UX Designer
Jumar Balacy
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"The class involved whiteboard sessions and collaboration projects which really prepared me well to start working in the industry and tackle UX design interviews."
— Agnieszka Zimolag Product Design, Cloud at IonQ
Agnieszka Zimolag
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Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education. Before you begin the program, it’s recommended that you take Adobe Illustrator, Introduction and Adobe Photoshop or have the equivalent knowledge and experience.

Advisory Board

Min Wu, chair

Certificate Program Chair

MIN WU, PhD, senior staff software engineer at ServiceNow, has over 15 years of research and practical experience in the areas of human-computer interaction, user interface design, web security, collaboration and privacy, web application and automation, and social networking.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

ARIN BHOWMICKMA-Human-Computer Interaction
Chief Design Officer
IBM Products

REJ SIDHARTHANMA-DES, Interaction
CEO & UX Strategist
Freshdesign

WILLY LAIBA
Chief Design Officer
Haggleland

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