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UX/UI and Graphic Design Undergraduate Certificate

Start Your Path to a Career in User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), & Graphic Design

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Certificate in UX/UI and Graphic Design

Career Outlook and Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for UX/UI Designers are expected to grow much faster than average at 9% or higher through the year 2032.1

Preparing now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Web Developers and Digital Designers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/web-developers.htm (visited February 9, 2024). Also online at https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1255.00. Note that job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.

Attractive Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Bryan University UX/UI Design Undergraduate Certificate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be job-ready for entry-level career opportunities2 such as:

  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • Website Designer
  • UX/UI Developer
  • UX Analyst

2Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Employers are Hiring

From Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations, the demand for capable designers continues to grow. You’ll lead a rewarding career in employment settings such as:

  • Technology companies
  • Advertising and marketing companies
  • Media and entertainment organizations
  • Business consulting groups
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Self-employed
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Career & Job Search Services for Students & Grads

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

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Program Highlights

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Get the Skills Employers Want

Bryan U programs are aligned with employers’ needs to ensure you get the most current and relevant skills, including:

Certificate

  • Design technologies including Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Design principles and color theory
  • User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) process, theory, and design using Figma
  • Typography & hierarchy
  • Wireframing & prototyping
  • Visual Design
  • Preparation for Adobe’s Illustrator or Photoshop cert – one certification included in tuition
  • Business foundational technologies using Microsoft Office ©
  • How to prepare a professional design portfolio

Associate Degree

  • Digital design & illustration using Adobe Illustrator
  • Image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop
  • Page layout & composition design using Adobe InDesign
  • Website design principles & techniques
  • Interpersonal & written communications
  • Enhance your professional design portfolio
  • Preparation for Adobe’s Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign cert – two certifications included in tuition

Gain Valuable Experience

Bryan University’s UX UI Design Certificate is aligned with current competencies that employers need and developed in collaboration with industry experts. You’ll gain real-world practice experience online combined with assignments that simulate job tasks to ensure you’re job-ready upon graduation.

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Get valuable practice throughout your program using Figma and the Adobe Cloud Cloud products – all of which are included in tuition at no extra cost.

Professional Portfolio

Build a professional portfolio to showcase your best design projects and demonstrate your mastery of design skills.

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Upgrade Your Skills & Career Options: Stackable Programs & Credentials

Once you complete the UX/UI and Graphic Design Certificate, you can transfer this credit directly into the Associate Degree in Graphic Design. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree.  If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

Hear from Our Successful Graduates

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“I’ve never met a group who care about students the way the instructors do at Bryan. It was an awesome experience.”
–Brandon Granger, BU Graduate
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"The experience at Bryan University exceeded my expectations and improved my life." 
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Meet Your Program Faculty

  • Rosetta Lilly - Design Program Director
    Rosetta Lilly
    Program Director, Bryan University

    Master of Science, Science of Instruction, Instructional Tech Specialist, Drexel University; Master of Arts, Visual Communication, Liberty University; Bachelor of Science, Multimedia/Internet Prod Concentration, Central Penn College.

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    Rosetta Lilly - Design Program Director
    Rosetta Lilly Program Director, Bryan University

    Master of Science, Science of Instruction, Instructional Tech Specialist, Drexel University; Master of Arts, Visual Communication, Liberty University; Bachelor of Science, Multimedia/Internet Prod Concentration, Central Penn College.

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    Caitlin Beirne
    Faculty, Bryan University

    Master of Science in Information Technology Management, Grand Canyon University; Bachelor of Science, Web Development, Indiana Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Science, Digital Graphics & Design, Indiana Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Science, Information Systems, Indiana Institute of Technology.

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    Caitlin Beirne Faculty, Bryan University

    Master of Science in Information Technology Management, Grand Canyon University; Bachelor of Science, Web Development, Indiana Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Science, Digital Graphics & Design, Indiana Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Science, Information Systems, Indiana Institute of Technology.

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    Bianca Benson
    Faculty, Bryan University

    Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Communication, University of Maryland Global Campus.

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    Bianca Benson Faculty, Bryan University

    Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Communication, University of Maryland Global Campus.

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Meet Your General Education Faculty

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    Valerie Akbulut
    Faculty, Bryan University

    Master of Arts, Communication, Interpersonal Comm Track, University of Central Florida; Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Specialization – Integrated Communication: Public Relations & Adve, Communication Studies minor, Butler University.

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    Valerie Akbulut Faculty, Bryan University

    Master of Arts, Communication, Interpersonal Comm Track, University of Central Florida; Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Specialization – Integrated Communication: Public Relations & Adve, Communication Studies minor, Butler University.

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    Kelly Baker
    Faculty, Bryan University

    Doctor of Public Administration, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; Master of Arts, Communication Studies, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Immaculata University.

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    Kelly Baker Faculty, Bryan University

    Doctor of Public Administration, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; Master of Arts, Communication Studies, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Immaculata University.

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    Emily Chaffin
    Faculty, Bryan University

    Master of Arts, English, Arkansas State University; Bachelor of Arts, English, Faulkner University.

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    Emily Chaffin Faculty, Bryan University

    Master of Arts, English, Arkansas State University; Bachelor of Arts, English, Faulkner University.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Following the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize problem solving skills within various disciplines of UX and UI design.
  • Use UX methodologies to define the user journey and design how users interact with products or services.
  • Effectively communicate and display the look and feel of a product, application, or website while considering optimal ease of use.
  • Demonstrate how to optimize for varied functionalities, and contexts using branding, color, images, and typography.
  • Create effective file management systems.
  • Critically and logistically think through tight-deadlines and promote continuous collaboration.
  • Receive and articulate criticism into actionable suggestions for design solutions.
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Explore UX/UI and Graphic Design Courses

  • UXI-115, 3.0 credits
    UX Process & Theories

    User experience (UX) design centers on the interaction between real human users and everyday products and services. In this course, students will learn key theories and processes to help them create usable, useful, and delightful products that answer users' needs. User Research involves qualitative and quantitative research practices aimed at empathizing with target users and discovering and defining their needs. Information Architecture is the process of establishing flow between a person and a product, service, or environment. Usability Testing engages the student in learning user-centered testing techniques to evaluate a product by testing it on real users. Students in this course will work with software tools such as: Adobe XD, Sketch, and or Figma and practice generating a UX case study asset to add to their capstone portfolio.

  • UXI-120, 3.0 credits
    Interaction & Visual Design

    This course provides a practical overview of interaction and visual design practices and how they work together to build toward a strong product. Learn and practice techniques for developing products around user goals. Interaction Design - Students will learn how to take data distilled through research to sketch and develop wireframes and prototypes grounded in proven interaction patterns and usability principles and testing them using usability testing knowledge gained in UX Process & Theories. Students will learn how to translate ideas into interactions by developing prototypes and simulations; choose the appropriate fidelity of prototype for the phase of design; articulate the benefits of fast iteration; create paper prototypes; and properly explore the design space before deciding on a solution. Visual Design - Adapting design fundamentals in color, hierarchy, and typography learned in earlier courses, students will learn how to take their concepts from wireframe to pixel-perfect UI (user interface) design prototypes. Students in this course will work with software tools such as: Adobe XD, Sketch, and or Figma and practice generating a UX case study asset to add to their capstone portfolio.

  • UXI-130, 3.0 credits
    UI Development

    In this course, students will build upon what they have learned in Interaction & Visual Design and UX Process & Theories to develop more advanced UI design techniques. This course introduces students to the role and development of design systems to manage UI design components for a product. Students will learn to leverage atomic design principles for creating and categorizing UI components that can be applied to high-fidelity design prototypes. Prototypes and design system elements developed in this course will be added to the student's expanding UX/UI portfolio.

  • UXI-140, 3.0 credits
    UX/UI Capstone & Portfolio

    This course centers students on the production of a usable online portfolio of design case studies demonstrating all skills and competencies acquired during the program. Students will learn how to select existing or determine new projects for their portfolio, write case studies describing their process on projects, and how to organize and prepare the artifacts of their design process for display online. Previous projects may be revised and updated to be included, or students may construct new projects to satisfy the needs of a professional UX portfolio.

  • UNV-101UX, 3.0 credits
    Student Success and Technology Foundations

    A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing, presentations, and using Excel.

  • UXI-100, 3.0 credits
    Design Principles & Color Theory

    Students will concentrate on utilizing design principles and theories in problem solving, focusing on the importance of layout composition. Emphasis will be on the process of design development from roughs to comprehensives, layout, and the use of grid systems for multi-component layouts. Critical analysis will be applied through the usage of type and layout to create clear, communicative design. Additionally, students will get an introduction to the principles of color and an exploration of color theory as it relates to print and digital media. Students will also receive an introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Benefits for You

Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive these benefits and services included in tuition at no extra cost.

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    Industry Certifications & Credentials

    Prepare for third-party certifications – one certification exam attempt paid for by the university.

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    Electronic Books & Courseware

    We give you easy access to your e-textbooks and software.

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    Tutoring & Academic Support

    Our tutors and academic staff provide personalized support whenever you need it.

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    School Starter Kit

    You’ll receive a starter package to ensure you’re ready to succeed in your program.

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    Accelerated Programs & No Waiting Lists

    Finish in the shortest time possible and never get wait-listed for course registration.

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    Refresher Classes

    As a graduate, audit previously completed courses free to keep your skills sharp.

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    Personal Success Coach

    You'll receive dedicated support to help you succeed in and out of the classroom.

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    Career Services

    Get expert help to ensure you're job-ready and connect with employers.

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    Mentoring from Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty with real-world experience in their field.

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Why Learn Online

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    Flexible & Convenient

    We recognize that life can be busy and complex, so we’ve designed the learning experience around you. You have the option to complete your homework assignments online each week at days and times convenient to you. You have the flexibility to resubmit homework to improve your grades and gain greater mastery of the course content.

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    Learn Faster & Retain More

    We provide you with user-friendly learning technology such as adaptive digital textbooks and simulated job tasks to help you learn faster, easier, and retain more knowledge. All your efforts are recorded so you can track your progress and plan your time more effectively.

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    Live Classes & Academic Support

    Studying online with Bryan lets you learn from the comfort of home while connecting you in live events with peers, teachers, industry professionals, and mentors. If you happen to miss the event, we record them so can you watch them later and not miss a beat. Whenever you need help with an assignment, you can schedule a tutor at any time online with the click of a button.

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    Connect with Peers, Faculty & Industry Experts

    At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that includes industry experts who will provide support, expand your professional network, and celebrate your success along the way.

How You Learn Online

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Live Classes on Zoom

Most programs provide live classes that are also recorded in case you miss them and need to watch them later - click here for a list of live classes by program.

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Re-submit Homework for Mastery

Didn't get the grade you wanted? At Bryan U, you can resubmit your homework to improve your grades.

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User-Friendly Learning Technology

You'll learn using a program that adapts to your knowledge level while helping you learn faster and retain more.

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Share Your Interests

Engage with others in class using a social platform to share your thoughts on topics you're interested in.

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Affording College

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Tuition Lock Guarantee

Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don’t differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

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Transfer Credits

If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

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Financial Aid if You Qualify

As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can help you understand what options are available to you. To learn about those who qualify, please visit our financial aid page.

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Active-Duty Military & Veterans

For students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military, you receive tuition discounts. Please see our military benefits page for more details. You may also complete the Request Information form or call us at 888-721-9773 to receive immediate assistance.

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Tuition Rates Go Down the Longer You're in School

As you progress through each credential level (e.g., certificate to associate degree, or associate degree to bachelor’s degree), your tuition decreases. Plus, your tuition is locked in once you enroll so that it never goes up as long as you remain continuously enrolled in good academic standing. For a current listing of Bryan University’s tuition rates by program, please visit our tuition rates page.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:

  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • Attend online orientation to meet your faculty and classmates.
  • For all healthcare, public health, paralegal, and pharmacy technician programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Note that students applying to healthcare programs may need to identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.

To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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