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. As for those jobs, there are more than 1,000 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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Who Should Apply?

This program is for anyone with a background in graphic design or visual design who wants to develop a UI/visual design portfolio for digital projects to use in their job search. If you don’t have that design background, SVC offers foundation-level courses to help you meet these prerequisites.

How Long, How Much?

  • Application Deadline: None — Applicants will be admitted into next available cohort
  • 40 weeks over a 12-month period
  • Tuition: $4,955 (includes registration fee)

Every Student Gets a Personal Mentor

You’ll meet six times during your program with an experienced visual design pro for help with your coursework, to get you moving on your portfolio, and to work with you to develop your professional networking and job-hunting plan. The same mentor will be your learning and career guide throughout the time you’re part of the certificate program.

UI/Visual Design for Digital Certificate Program Course Track

Weeks 1-5: 5-Week Class

  • The concept of user-centered design
  • Purpose and processes of UX
  • Basics of user research
  • Information architecture overview
  • Prototyping and usability testing

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Weeks 6-10: 5-Week Class

  • The Sketch interface

  • Using artboards, pages, and templates
  • Essential Sketch plug-ins
  • Integrating Sketch with InVision
  • Creating functional prototypes


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Weeks 1-10: 10-Week Class

  • Understanding briefs, wireframes, personas
  • Essential design principles for the web
  • Design for navigation
  • Principles of responsive design
  • Developing prototypes for your portfolio

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Weeks 11-15: 5-Week Class

  • Basics of writing HTML code

  • Using CSS to style and format web pages
  • The development process
  • How visual and UX designers work with developers
  • Developers’ tools, languages, frameworks and libraries

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Weeks 11-20: 10-Week Class

  • Differences between native and web apps
  • Designing user input and control
  • iOS and Android style conventions
  • Micro-interactions and animation
  • Developing prototypes for your portfolio

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Weeks 21-30: 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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Weeks 31-40: 10-Week Class

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

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