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Learn coding and app design skills that employers are hiring for in the iOS App Design Professional Certificate. This comprehensive certificate will teach you the basics of Apple’s Swift coding language and give you firsthand experience designing and prototyping mobile applications. You’ll learn how an understanding of UX/UI, design thinking, and user psychology empowers you to build highly-intuitive and engaging user interactions. After completing the program, you will be prepared to conceptualize and create your own apps for iOS to build out your creative or professional portfolio.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Ability to design and code apps in Swift—Apple’s official programming language
  • In-depth understanding of design patterns to give you the ability to organize a client’s/employer’s data into an easy-to-use mobile app
  • Skills to implement menus, animate graphics, create sound designs, and use the iPhone interface to manipulate media with user input
  • Different approaches UX/UI design, prototyping, and user testing
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Courses Included

Each required course for the iOS App Design Professional Certificate is 8 weeks long, fully online, and can be taken for credit or noncredit. Please see course details for more information.

Foundations of Swift Coding and iOS

Launch your coding career with Swift. Swift’s speed and efficiency have attracted a large community of coders at all experience levels, and as Apple’s official language, Swift is designed to be easy to learn and use. During this introductory course, you’ll learn the basics of working with computer programs, data types, operators, conditionals, and data structures. Using Xcode, you’ll create Swift projects, including a simple algorithmic program that expresses results with basic media elements.

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UX/UI Design Essentials

Learn how to develop customized and intuitive experiences through the process of UX/UI Design. This course will introduce you to concepts that puts your user at the center of the design process. You’ll learn how an understanding of design thinking, empathy, and user psychology empowers you to build highly-intuitive and engaging user interactions. While taking your own projects through the design, development, and prototyping processes, you’ll also develop skills that you can leverage immediately toward your current business or career goals.

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iOS App Design Patterns

Mobile app development is a rapidly growing industry with a shortage in talent. Learn the skills that employers are looking for in iOS App Design Patterns. In this 8-week course, you will learn patterns of design that are commonly used in the mobile development world. You will also be equipped to solve employer and client business problems using mobile technology while developing critical thinking abilities.

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Certificate pricing and details:

  • Enroll for 9 hours of college credit: $2,691
  • Enroll for Non-credit Professional Development: $2,115
  • Fees: $120 Registration Fee (required for both credit and non-credit options)
  • Duration: 24 weeks

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Courses

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FOUNDATIONS OF SWIFT CODING AND iOS

Launch your coding career with Swift. Swift's speed and efficiency have attracted a large community of coders at all experience…
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iOS App Design Patterns

Mobile app development is a rapidly growing industry with a shortage in talent. Learn the skills that employers are looking for in iOS App Design Patterns.
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UX/UI Design Essentials

Learn how to develop customized user-centered experiences through the process of UX/UI Design. This course will introduce you to concepts…
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Bill Guschwan

Bill is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Interactive Arts and Media (IAM) and teaches game design and game programming courses. His academic work is as a field philosopher of video game design, entrepreneur and game designer. He was a founding team-member on Apple’s QuickTime and Newton, 3DO game hardware, and Sony’s PlayStation 1.

Notably, Guschwan played an important technical and production role at Sony for Crash Bandicoot. Ethics and serious games is a particular focus, as well as using Indian and Greek philosophy to instruct creative mind virtues. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded and created the intellectual property for an in-game ad unit for the recently acquired company, Tap.Me.

Course: Foundations of Swift Coding and iOS

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Lauren Liss

Lauren Liss is a professor in the Interactive Arts and Media Department. She teaches interface design, interaction theory, user experience and usability, and collaborative development. She also runs an interaction design company, *goodspark, which focuses on content management systems and usability analysis for small businesses, with a specialization in women-owned businesses and creative firms.

Liss received her Masters in Education, Learning Design and Leadership, New Learning, from the University of Illinois, where she studied knowledge acquisition and educational theory through the lens of usability and technology.

Course: UX/UI Design Essentials

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William Skrzypczak

Bill Skrzypczak is a Senior Executive and Management Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the high tech marketplace. Bill has worked for companies like Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, and Comdisco, prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur and raising millions in venture capital to fund his startup projects.

Bill is currently President of Waverider Trading Technologies Inc, a company that uses Machine Learning to identify trading opportunities in the Currency Futures Market. Bill is also Co-Chair of the Computers and Digital Media Department and Instructor of Mobile Application Development at McHenry County College. While at McHenry County College, he has developed and taught classes in Mobile Application Development, published multiple apps, and was one of the first to teach Swift programming in the country.

Bill has expertise in a variety of programming languages, technologies, and project management, as well as advance skills in starting and running businesses. He earned an Executive MBA from Northern Illinois University and a BS in Electronics Technology from Western Illinois University.

Course: iOS App Design Patterns

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