Important Dates
Fall term 1 begins
Aug 26


Learn how to develop customized user-centered experiences through the process of UX/UI Design. This course will introduce you to concepts that center the user in the design process. You’ll learn how an understanding of design thinking, empathy and user psychology will allow 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.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Different approaches to prototyping and user testing
  • Your own design concepts for digital experiences that can be added to your resume or portfolio
  • Expertise from industry experts and practical knowledge of the UX/UI job market

Course pricing and details:

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  • 3-Credit Tuition: $897
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $705
  • Fees: $40 Registration Fee
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

Earn a Professional Certificate:

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User experience design is the foundation of generating emotions through product interactions. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.

What will you learn in UX/UI Design Essentials?

Week One:
-What is User Experience Design?
-What is the Role of a UX Practitioner?
-Assignment: Critical Analysis

Week Two:
-Business and Product Stakeholders
-Audience and Participant Stakeholders
-Stakeholder Personas
-Assignment: User Personas

Week Three:
-User Behavior
-Understanding User Psychology
-Mental Models
-Collecting User Behavior
-Evaluating User Behavior
-Assignment: User Journeys

Week Four:
-Content Requirements
-Information Architecture
-Content Analysis
-Heuristic Analysis
-Assignment: Card Sorting

Week Five:
-Types of User Testing
-Running a User Test
-Testing Scripts
-Reporting Findings
-Assignments: User Testing Script & Findings Matrix

Week Six:
-Design Pattern
-Visual Design
-UI vs. UX
-UI Patterns
-Assignment: Style Guides

Week Seven:
-Process and Ideation
-Paper Prototyping
-Assignments: Paper Prototype & Wireframe

Week Eight:
-Interactive Prototyping
-Getting Started with
-Interactive Prototype User Testing
-Assignments: Revised Interface & Final Case Study

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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