User Experience and Web Design
Certificate Program

User Experience and Web 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.
Special Programs:
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Courses


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

Quarter Units: 2.0
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03-07-2024 to 04-10-2024
$715.00
UEWD.X407.(814)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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05-21-2024 to 07-01-2024
$950.00
UEWD.X411.(817)
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2. Core Course(s): Part B - One Required or Take Both & Other Part B Course Will Count as an Elective)

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Quarter Units: 3.0
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04-08-2024 to 06-17-2024
$950.00
UEWD.X414.(12)
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3. Electives:

Quarter Units: 1.5
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Quarter Units: 1.5
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04-10-2024 to 05-01-2024
$625.00
UEWD.X400.(12)
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UEWD.X419
Quarter Units: 1.5
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04-20-2024 to 05-18-2024
$475.00
UEWD.X419.(11)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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06-08-2024 to 07-13-2024
$950.00
UEWD.X405.(12)
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UEWD.X410
Quarter Units: 2.0
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04-02-2024 to 04-29-2024
$715.00
UEWD.X410.(827)
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Quarter Units: 2.0
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05-01-2024 to 06-26-2024
$710.00
UEWD.X421.(7)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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04-08-2024 to 06-17-2024
$950.00
UEWD.X414.(12)
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4. Capstone Course: Required

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5. Completion Review:

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Meet Our Instructors

Ajay K  Mittal
Senior Software Engineer, SCIF
Alp Tiritoglu
Principal, 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
Nicole L. Sharratt
Vice President of Product Design, Jumio Corp.
Samuel S Ting
Visual Design Lead, IBM Data & AI
Teresa M Hardy
Digital Marketer|Web Developer, New Media-Designs
Vicki L Winters
Owner, V-Link Studio

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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

Establish Candidacy

Who should establish candidacy?

  • People who are pursuing a certificate (and have enrolled in a course in the program).
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4 Simple Steps to a Certificate or Specialization
  1. Complete a course in your selected program.
  2. Establish candidacy. Click on the Establish Candidacy button on your program page.
  3. Take all required courses for certificate completion.
  4. Once your grades are posted on your final course, enroll in the certificate review fee.
A Benefit of Establishing Candidacy

Program requirements may change. Once you commit to a program by establish your candidacy, you will not have to change your plans to meet new requirements. They are locked in for you. Timeline: 4 years to get it done (or 3 for a specialization) You must complete all the necessary units in a certificate within a four-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, 2023, you would have to finish by Sept. 4, 2027.

Note: Establishing candidacy does not trigger the beginning of the four-year window. It begins the first day of the first course in your chosen certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the four-year timeframe.

Exceptions to the four-year requirement
  • If you Established candidacy prior to Jan. 1, 2024, you will have five years to complete a program.
  • Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, or our curriculum partner programs, such as the Legal Studies courses (CLS by Barbri) and sales and business courses (Ziplines Education) have shorter completion requirements.

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