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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.

who should take this course?

UX/UI Design Essentials is for current or aspiring designers who want to learn repeatable strategies for creating user-centered design. If you are looking for projects to add to your resume, this course will give you the opportunity to create prototypes and design concepts, all created with the user in mind.

Course pricing and details:

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

Course Outline

Week One

  • What is User Experience Design?
  • Recognizing Good UX Design
  • The Role of UX in a Business

Week Two

  • Business & Product Stakeholders
  • Audience & Participant Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Personas

Week Three

  • Understanding User Psychology
  • Mental Models
  • Collecting User Data
  • Customer Journey Maps

Week Four

  • Information Architecture
  • Content Analysis
  • Heuristic Analysis

Week Five

  • The Power of Visual Design
  • UI, UX, and the Space Where They Meet
  • UI Patterns

Week Six

  • The Design Process and Getting Started
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping

Week Seven

  • Types of User Testing
  • Preparing for a User Test
  • Practicing a User Test

Week Eight

  • Remote User Testing
  • Reporting Findings

Stack to Earn a Professional Certificate

UX/UI Design Essentials can be applied to the following certificate programs:

iOS App Development with Swift Coding Professional Certificate
Mobile App Development Professional Certificate
General Creative Studies Professional Certificate

Course Author

Course Author

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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