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UX/UI Design Advanced Certificate

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This twelve-credit advanced certificate program provides the candidate with a solid foundation in user experience and user interface design. A core design concept, UX/UI design features human-centered design thinking – an innovative approach that encourages designers of all types to truly understand users, while enhancing new products, services, systems, processes, and experiences. The advanced certificate offers a direct hands-on approach to the relationship between interactive media and human perception through ideation, research and prototyping techniques, always putting the end user at the center of the experience and stressing the importance of aesthetics and accessibility in a design system. As a result, the candidate develops a basic, yet professional, portfolio of work without needing to commit to earning a master’s degree.

Educational and career objectives

The candidate will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the basic principles of UX/UI design
  2. Engage in successful customer and competition research
  3. Prototype a variety of design ideas
  4. Present design ideas in group settings
  5. Enter the Touro masters level design program with 12 graduate credits
  6. Compete successfully for entry level design positions

Semester 1

WMMN 609

Foundation and History of Design

This course explores the principles and elements of visual design, including the basic vocabulary of visual forms, the various materials used in the field, related technical and computer skills, and important creative problem-solving strategies. A variety of creative projects are designed to challenge students to demonstrate their visual creative skills, their grasp of visual literacy, and their growing technical competence. Students submit their work to class critiques that assess their cumulative understanding of the concepts and skills taught.
3 Credits

WMMN 600

Design Thinking and Methodology

In this introductory course in human-centered design thinking, students learn new innovative approaches to truly understand users and enhance new products, services, systems, processes, and experiences. Through hands-on projects, students learn media design fundamentals through ideation, research, and prototyping techniques, always putting the user as the center of the experience. At the end of the course, students will be able to create and present a final project that reflects these best practices and meaningful insights from research and problem solving.
Prerequisite: MSIN 609
3 Credits

Semester 2

WMMN 601

UX/UI Design Principles

This hands-on course explores the relationship between interactive media and human perception, stressing the importance of aesthetics and accessibility in a design system. As such, it is both an investigation of visual and conceptual design issues in software interfaces, and a context for technical research and critical evaluation. Using style guides, students create interactive projects that explore web, smart phone, tablet, and kiosk navigation, information architecture, user accessibility, metaphor, and user interaction. Students are assessed on the basis of class participation and on the merits of their effectivelv designed portfolio projects. The course also helps students evaluate career options in the field.
3 Credits

WMMN 614

Interactive Design for Mobile

In this mobile prototyping course, students are first introduced to mobile interactive concepts for both the iOS and Android platforms and learn how to create basic to high-end prototvpes for a mobile app. Students either design a mobile app from scratch or select a mobile app in need of a redesign and present their prototype as a final project for a class critique.
3 Credits

Required Courses that count towards the Web and Multimedia Masters of Arts Degree:

WMMN 600, WMMN 601, WMMN 614

Elective Courses that count toward the Web and Multimedia Masters of Arts Degree:

None

Note:

Touro’s M.A. in Web and Multimedia Design Program consists of 6 core required courses and 5 electives for a total of 11 courses or 33 credits for graduation. Students that complete the UX/UI Advanced Certificate Program will have a 6‐year time limit to apply for the WMM Master’s Program after certificate completion. Upon completion of the Advanced Certificate Program, students will have to take 3 additional required core courses and 5 electives to finish their master’s degree. That would be a total of 8 additional courses, with the possibility of preparatory courses added based on their background and transcript review. A full listing of all required courses can be found here.