The secret to a great website or app design isn’t just making things pretty. It’s thinking through your clients’ business goals and brand strategy so you can come up with solutions that look fantastic and over-achieve in the effectiveness department. With SVC’s UI/Visual Design Certificate Program, you’ll learn the essentials of digital design, navigation, and interaction design as you assemble a job-worthy portfolio of website and app projects. As for those jobs, there are hundreds of job openings for brand-savvy visual designers in the Seattle area right now. The portfolio you’ll build at SVC is just the thing you’ll need to help you land one.



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UX or UI? What's the Difference?

Here’s the quick, highly over-simplified answer. UX designers are concerned with how websites and apps work. They’re into understanding users, what they want to accomplish, and the most delightful ways to help them. UI designers are more about how websites and apps look. They’re experts on layout, imagery, typography, color, and brand image.

How Long, How Much?

  • Application Requirements
  • Duration: It takes five quarters or 50 weeks of instruction to complete the program
  • Tuition: $8,830 (includes registration fee)

Opt for Your Own Personal Mentor

If you sign up for this optional program, you’ll meet five times during your program with an experienced visual design pro to act as your learning and career guide. They’ll help with your coursework, get you moving on your portfolio, critique your side projects, and to work with you to develop your professional network and job-hunting plan.

UI/Visual Design for Digital Certificate Program Course Track

Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites to enter this program, but you must submit work samples or your portfolio for review. Your work will be assessed by a senior design professional, and SVC will provide a written evaluation if your work is not at a high enough level to allow you to enter the program.

If you have limited prior design experience, then you’re encouraged to follow SVC’s Visual Design Fundamentals Track. In these classes, you’ll learn basic design skills and develop work samples to submit with your certificate program application.

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5-Week Class

  • Basic theory and terminology of grids
  • Rule of thirds and the golden ratio
  • Determining optimal number of columns
  • Break points and optimizing for mobile
  • When to break the grid

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5-Week Class

  • Concept of user-centered design
  • Overview of user research
  • Basics of information architecture overview
  • Essentials of interaction design
  • Prototyping and usability testing

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5-Week Class

  • Overview of type terminology
  • Choosing fonts for your project
  • Technology of type for web and apps
  • Readability and accessibility
  • Hierarchy and contrast in type design

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5-Week Class

  • Collaborating with colleagues & clients
  • Receiving and delivering critiques
  • Improving communication skills
  • Negotiation and time management
  • Presentation skills

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Saturday: One-Day Workshop

  • How designers use software tools

  • Basic features and functions of Sketch
  • Advanced features of newest version
  • Extending Sketch with InVision
  • Overview of other prototyping tools

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Saturday: One-Day Workshop

  • Sight, hearing, mobility impacts

  • Standards for accessibility
  • Accessibility evaluations
  • Universal vs. ability-based design
  • Understanding disabled users

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10-Week Class

  • Understanding briefs, wireframes, personas
  • Essential design principles for the web
  • Design for navigation
  • Principles of responsive design
  • Developing high-fidelity prototypes

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Saturday: One-Day Workshop

  • Design systems defined
  • Design systems vs. pattern libraries
  • Conducting a UI audit
  • Atomic design principles
  • Examples of public domain systems

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Saturday: One-Day Workshop

  • Working effectively with developers
  • Agile vs. Waterfall workflows
  • Github, Jira, Drupal, and other tools
  • Creating redlines for handoffs
  • Value in knowing CSS and HTML

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10-Week Class

  • Differences between native and web apps
  • Designing user inputs and controls
  • iOS and Android style conventions
  • Micro-interactions and animations
  • Developing high-fidelity, interactive prototypes

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10-Week Class

You’ll develop a complete visual design recommendation for an actual or hypothetical project (but with a real client) so you can gain experience at client interviews and presentations. In preparing this project you’ll use all the skills gained in your prior classes.

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10-Week Class

This portfolio lab is truly that: a lab where your instructor will work with you to personally edit, enhance, and add to your portfolio pieces. Towards the end of the class, you’ll present your portfolio to a panel of industry pros who will provide a written evaluation of your portfolio website and presentation.

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We’re currently updating our course tracks for this program, and we’ll resume live info sessions when that’s done later in 2021. In the meantime, sign up to receive a notification when we begin the info sessions.

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