User Experience and Web Design
Certificate Program

User Experience and Web Design

Intuitive design

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Certificate Description

Designing for your users

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension's newly revised, four-track 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. Four tracks:

  • Visual Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Design Implementation
  • Site Management

User Experience And Web Design certificate program objectives:

  • Use GIF, JPEG and PNG compressions
  • Work with color online
  • Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP
  • Communicate brand values using color, typography, layout and imagery
  • Launch, build and administer e-commerce sites
  • Design using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite
  • Create user interfaces that incorporate wearable technology

Required Credits: Total Required: 7–10 courses/17 units: Take 2 of the 5 core courses and the capstone course (5–7.5 units) and 4–7 elective credit courses (9.5–12 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Recommended Prerequisites
Adobe Illustrator, Introduction 1.5
Adobe Photoshop 3.0
2. Core Courses - Two core courses required
Designing with Cascading Style Sheets: Fundamentals 2.0 +
HTML Fundamentals 2.0 +
User Experience Design Fundamentals 3.0
Visual Design for the Interactive Web 2.5
3. Elective Courses
Adobe Photoshop 3.0
Building Customized Websites with Wordpress 2.0
Designing User Experience for Smart Things, Virtual Reality and Wearable Technology 3.0
Designing with Cascading Style Sheets: Advanced 2.0
Designing with Cascading Style Sheets: Fundamentals 2.0 +
Graphic Design Fundamentals 2.0
HTML5: The Living Language 3.0 +
HTML Fundamentals 2.0 +
Introduction to Web Programming: JavaScript and PHP 2.0
Mobile Interface Design 3.0
User Experience Design, Advanced 3.0
User Experience Design Fundamentals 3.0
Visual Design for the Interactive Web 2.5
Web Technologies, Introduction 1.0
4. Capstone Course - Required as last course in certificate
Capstone User Experience Project 2.0
5. Required Certificate Review
User Experience and Web Design Certificate Completion Fee None

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.

Program Chair

Min Wu, chair

Certificate Program Chair

MIN WU, PhD, is the technical lead in front-end design and development at Cloud Lending Solutions. He is founding owner of Skill Trellis, LLC and worked eight years as principal interaction designer at Oracle. He has a master’s degree in Information Security and a doctorate in Security and Usability from MIT.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

ARIN BHOWMICKMA-Human-Computer Interaction
Vice President & Chief Design Officer
IBM Cloud

CEO & UX Strategist

Vice President of User Experience

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

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