If you’ve ever been stumped because you can’t find the info you’re looking for on a website or app because you can't find the information you've been looking for, not sure what to do next, or baffled by instructions, you’ve been a victim of a bad user experience. Fortunately, there are smart, logical people like you out there who are working to make using digital tools not only easier, but also a pleasure. And here’s the good part: The demand (and salaries) for user experience professionals are high and expected to stay that way. SVC’s User Experience Certificate Program will help you learn the essential skills of UX, build your portfolio, and make the connections you’ll need to land that great job.


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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 Deadline: New cohorts start every quarter, so there are no fixed deadlines. Students can take some classes on an ad hoc basis until the next cohort begins.
  • Duration: It takes four quarters or 40 weeks of instruction to complete the program.
  • Tuition: $5,850 (includes registration fee)
  • Course sequence below valid through Summer 2018

Every Student Gets a Personal Mentor

You’ll meet six times during your program with an experienced UX pro to act as your learning and career guide throughout the time you’re part of the certificate program. 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.

User Experience Certificate Program Course Track

Prerequisites


In order to enter the certificate program, you must have taken the following courses or be able to demonstrate your proficiency at:

5-Week Class

  • Role of research in the UX process
  • Qualitative vs. quantitative research

  • Heuristic evaluations and audits
  • Creating user personas
  • Presenting research findings

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5-Week Class

  • Elements of grid layout
  • Best practices in typography
  • Color theory and application

  • Choosing imagery
  • Responsive design for mobile


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5-Week Class

  • Essential concepts of useful experiences
  • Understanding structured data and content

  • Pros and cons of different organization schemes
  • Desiging search and logical taxonomies
  • Documenting architecture

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5-Week Class

  • Basics of writing HTML code

  • Using CSS to style and format web pages
  • Agile vs. waterfall development processes
  • How designers work effectively with developers
  • Tools and vocabulary of development

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5-Week Class

  • High-fidelity vs. low-fidelity prototypes
  • Tools and materials for creating prototypes
  • Testing prototypes vs. live products
  • Usability testing best practices

  • Setting metrics and reporting results

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10-Week Class

You’ll develop a complete 
UX 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 workshop is truly that: a workshop 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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Get Started

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