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UX/UI Design Undergraduate Certificate

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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 10% to 15% or higher through the year 2030.1

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

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

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

Program Overview

Valuable Design Skills that Employers Want

Bryan U’s UX/UI Design Undergraduate Certificate gives you the technical skills employers want while you earn college credit towards a degree:

  • Design technologies
  • Design principles and color theory
  • User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) process, theory, and design using Adobe XD and Figma
  • Motion and animation design using Adobe After Effects
  • Website design principles and techniques
  • Business foundational technologies using Microsoft Office©
  • How to prepare a professional design portfolio

Unrivaled Benefits for You – Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive valuable benefits that are included in tuition at no extra charge that will build your resume and establish your credibility in the marketplace, including:

  • Certification for Adobe XD (Experience Design)
  • All your books, courseware, and design software
  • A portfolio that highlights your design projects to future employers

An Educational Experience Like No Other

Your investment in a Bryan University credential provides an online educational experience like no other:

  • Learning technology that lets you build skills faster and retain more knowledge
  • Real-world assignments that simulate job tasks
  • A mastery-based learning environment that allows you to improve grades by retaking assignments based on instructor feedback
  • Peer mentors, tutors, and success coaches who provide encouragement, guidance, and insight
  • Live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty mentoring sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

Attend from the Comfort of Home with Personalized Support

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 will provide support and celebrates your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

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.

Earn While You Learn: Dual Enrollment Available

You can enroll in the UX/UI Undergraduate Certificate and the Associate Degree in Graphic Design concurrently. 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.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.

Footnotes

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021-22 Edition. Also, see https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1255.00.  Sites visited on 1/5/2022. Also, 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.

2 Example 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.

Program Details​

Objectives & Courses
Locations & Credits
Program Faculty
General Education Faculty
Admission Requirements
Affording College

Objectives

The UX/UI Design Certificate introduces students to the theory behind usability, interaction, and experience design. Students learn how to implement designs using modern tools and software such as the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Acrobat Professional, and Adobe XD. They also gain exposure to key UX/UI tools such as Figma or Sketch, and basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript capabilities. Students will conduct research and produce useful personas, scenarios, and design sketches. The program takes students through prototyping and iterating designs to produce user interfaces, interactions, and user experiences that can be leveraged in a professional portfolio. The program is designed to meet the increasing industry demand for graphic design professionals. Bryan University delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and coaching. 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.

Courses

UNV-101UX—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits

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— Design Principles & Color Theory—3.0 credits

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.

UXI-105— Design Technologies—3.0 credits

This course will explore the use of Adobe Creative Cloud digital design tools. Students will gain a thorough understanding of design techniques by using tools to create compositions, prototypes, web and print media, and animation. They will also learn about file types and exports for web and print media.

UXI-110—Typography & Hierarchy—3.0 credits

This course will explore printed communication and the use of typography as an exclusive element of design. The course will focus on the development of marketable, original and creative problem-solving solutions with an emphasis on professional presentation techniques. This course includes three distinct areas of learning in the subject of typography: Traditional Typography, Expressive & Experimental Typography, and Contemporary Typography. Students will complete a final project that can be added to their developing capstone portfolio.

UXI-115—UX Process & Theories—3.0 credits

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—Interaction & Visual Design—3.0 credits

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-125— Motion Design—3.0 credits

This course provides an introduction to motion design. Design in animation is becoming an increasingly vital tool for any designer as its impact on user experience continues to increase for marketing, brand story, understanding complex concepts, and creating emotionally captivating content. This area of study exposes students to the art of graphics that move in space and time, which can be applied to animated films, videos, animated text, and web-based apps. Students will explore how to: create storyboards that demonstrate the flow of the animation; use models to simulate the behavior of animated characters; draw images to be scanned into various computer programs; participate in the design of media campaigns; create 2D and 3D images using computer animation; and manipulation of designed assets in a studio environment. Students will gain a thorough understanding of advanced techniques as they continue to explore special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics. Students will engage in interaction design and functionality using Adobe AfterEffects.

UXI-130— UI Development—3.0 credits

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-135—Web Development for UX/UI—3.0 credits

This course utilizes web page scripting techniques and software for website design and development to combine multi-media assets into a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing website. Design solutions include the use of basic cascading style sheets (CSS) and JavaScript languages. Students will create websites utilizing CSS, the basic scripting language of web documents, in addition to many of the other effects and extension scripts available for that medium. The integration of aesthetics, design principles, layout, typography, and imagery into designs using a CSS and hypertext markup language (HTML) authoring tool will be covered along with JavaScript image galleries.

UXI-140— UX/UI Capstone & Portfolio—3.0 credits

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.

For the most up-to-date course descriptions, please see the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 60 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

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.

Rosetta Lilly - Design Program Director
Rosetta Lilly, MS

Program Director, Bryan University

M.S. Instructional Design & Technology, Drexel University; B.S. Information Technology & Multimedia, Central Penn College

Danette Grantz

Faculty, Bryan University

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley College, Certified Microsoft in Education Trainer; B.A . Communications, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Carly Heath

Faculty, Bryan University

M.F.A Film Production, Chapman University; B.A. Cinema, San Francisco State University, Published author. Member of SCBWI

Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

DeWayne Demland

Instructor, Bryan University

MBA, University of Phoenix; B.S. Business Administration, Arizona Christian College

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

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.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • 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.
  • 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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We understand the importance of helping you stay in school and graduate successfully. To help motivate you, we provide tuition discounts the longer you're in school.

Financing Options Available
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 also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn more, please visit our financial aid page.

For students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. 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.

The Bryan U Difference​

Tuition Lock Guarantee​

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Job Search Assistance

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Accelerated Programs

You can get started - and finish - fast.

Welcome Kits Included

Once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you're ready to start school.

Faculty Who Put You First

Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.

Electronic Books & Courseware Included

We provide easy access to all your electronic textbooks and courseware.

Focus on Employment

You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.

Learn by Doing

You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

Return for Refresher Classes

As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.
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