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User Experience Design Certificate

A certificate in User Experience(UX) design will provide students and working professionals a multidisciplinary approach to UX in the context of web-enabled design. Students will learn techniques for composing well crafted and intentional interactions between users and products or technology. The UX certificate provides applied understanding of the concepts, practical knowledge and skills necessary for understanding User Centered Design(UCD) and developing experiences and artifacts for people. Current web technologies (rapid prototyping, modern user interface patterns, HTML(5), CSS, JavaScript, etc.) will be introduced, while preparing for future web enabled devices, or the progressive enhancement approach. Students will design real world projects with affordances for research, experimentation & play.

In order to qualify for admission to the UX Certificate Program, fulltime EWU students must hold a GPA ≥3.0 and be entering or past their junior year, or obtain special permission from the certificate program advisor. Post-degree continuing education students who did not graduate from their previous school with at least a GPA >3.0 will be admitted on a probationary basis and must pass a Readiness Assessment before being admitted to the program.


  • the UX Certificate follows and annual cohort model;  
  • a grade ≥3.0 must be earned in each course for it to count toward the Certificate;
  • to receive the certificate, students must successfully complete each of the required courses;
  • junior or senior standing required.

What will I study?

Required Courses (24 credits)

DESN 338 Principles of Interaction Design (4)
DESN 368 Web Design 1 (4)
DESN 348 Rhetoric of User-Centered Design  (4)
DESN 378 Web Design 2 (4)
DESN 458 User Interface Design and Practice (4)
DESN 468 Web Design 3 (4)

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • User Experience Designer
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