UX Design Certificate for the Working Professional
UX Design Certificate for the Working Professional

The User Experience Design program prepares you to start or elevate your tech career and earn your UI/UX certificate without leaving your job. Kenzie Academy is learner-focused. This means we offer flexible online learning experiences to meet the needs of diverse learners and work together to build a schedule. That way you can learn, engage, practice, and get support at times that work for you. At Kenzie Academy, life’s circumstances and responsibilities don’t have to stop you from pursuing your career aspirations as a UI/UX designer.

Ready to bring your digital ideas to life within the rapidly growing UI/UX design world? Earn your UI/UX certificate alongside learners like you within a close and encouraging community that supports you every step of the way.

  • Design Skills
    Design Skills

    In the User Experience Design program, you will discover Design Thinking and learn how to understand and empathize with users; perform research; synthesize findings; analyze and interpret data; generate ideas and concepts (or solutions); iterate upon these solutions; test these solutions; and build applications to solve real-world problems, focusing on the end user. While iterating on solutions, you will create high fidelity prototypes influencing the final build of the application. UI/UX design is a rewarding and fulfilling career because ultimately, as a UI/UX designer, the goal of your work is to make lives better.

  • Soft Skills
    Soft Skills

    Kenzie Academy teaches you how to do the job — and how to get the job. Our Learner Services and Placement teams will guide you on how to job search, build a resume, and interview. We want you to graduate as a highly skilled, well-rounded, and marketable job candidate who’s confident in pursuing a job.

    Throughout the program, you’ll always be connected to your classmates, course facilitators, and subject matter experts as part of our online community — the Kenzie Fam. So, you’ll become comfortable with communicating and collaborating as part of a UI/UX design team.

  • Get the Job
    Get the Job

    User Experience Design program graduates will be job-ready and prepared to enter the high-demand and fast-growing field of UI/UX design. One feature of the program is portfolio design, which means you’ll get to build a robust, competitive and professional portfolio that you can showcase to future employers. The online courses are also intended to emulate a first-year internship in the industry. You can expect to gain knowledge of industry best practices, participate in project-based learning, and engage in real-life UI/UX design scenarios.

User Experience Design Program Quick Facts
User Experience Design Program Quick Facts
  • Length: The overall program runs for 9 months
  • Next Start Date: October 2022
  • Tuition: $12,500
  • Hours: 20-25 hours per week
  • Location: Online, available to U.S. and international learners
  • Computer Requirements: Click here to learn more about Kenzie Academy’s computer requirements
  • Sample schedule: The sample schedule here is an example of what your schedule could look like; however, we’ll work with you to make one that works best for you.

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UX DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FEATURES AND CURRICULUM (16 CREDITS)

Practical Learning and Application

The User Experience Design course content is developed to provide invaluable experience designing solutions to real-world problems through practical application. You’ll practice how to be a researcher, problem solver, and design expert who’s both creative and proficient in the design-thinking process, from UX research and iteration to prototyping and usability testing. As you progress through the coursework, you will advance your design-thinking skills as you are introduced to more complex problems, prepping you for future job and employer expectations.

UX Fundamentals 1 (1 Credit)

In this course, learners will be introduced to Kenzie Academy’s UX Design program certificate and the basics of UX Design including: design tooling to use when identifying, designing, documenting, and generating abstract ideas in applying design thinking to solve a problem. Learners will formulate and articulate underlying research questions based on a user type and be able to sketch or digitally draw iterations of a user interface based upon independent and user research. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

UX Fundamentals 2 (2 Credits)

In this course, learners will expand their independent research abilities by identifying user pain points, generating How Might We statements, and writing non leading interview questions to synthesize data through conducting discovery interviews. Through the gathered feedback, learners will create Happy Path process flow charts adhering to best practices to identify and wireframe the key screens of an application. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

UI Fundamentals 1 (2 Credits)

In this course, learners use their developed research, synthesizing data, and gathering feedback knowledge to create a simple high-fidelity screen of an onboarding flow for user entry into a system using Figma with meaningful calls to action drawing users attention. Learners design, create, and integrate navigation points and sort lists into their high-fidelity mockups adhering to best practices. Through user interviews, learners think critically about feedback received and classify their findings for future iterations. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

UI Fundamentals 2 (2 Credits)

This is the first course in the second sequence in the UX Design Certificate program. In this course, learners identify and differentiate between varying degrees of visual hierarchy and continue practicing application design. Application design includes sampling and applying colors, manipulating text properties through applying typography hierarchy, and utilizing white space in order to establish organization and meaning in their design. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

Application Design 1 (1 Credit)

In this course, learners conduct discovery user interviews to receive feedback on the application designed in the previous course. In discovery user interviews, learners share their work with target users and record feedback by practicing active listening. Learners iterate on their high-fidelity application designs to create a live prototype by implementing user feedback and newly introduced UI Design principles including components and iconography. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

Application Design 2 (2 Credits)

In this course, learners prepare to work in the industry as a UX Designer by analyzing a design brief, creating a project plan, working with stakeholders to build an application, and synthesizing stakeholder requirements into design features. Learners handoff annotated high-fidelity designs and a created style guide to a developer and answer their questions. Learners gather feedback through conducting A/B testing with users of their designed application and presenting their detailed design process to an audience. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

UX Industry Readiness 1 (2 Credits)

In this course, learners prepare to join the industry as a UX Designer by creating a compelling resume, creating a profile on a freelancing website, identifying a specific area of focus, and polishing their case study to showcase their application designs to include within their portfolio. Learners continue applying practical UI Design principles by designing a mobile responsive application using object pins and constraints to scale at any viewpoint and easily convert into a desktop application. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

UX Industry Readiness 2 (2 Credits)

In this course, learners continue preparing to join the industry as a UX Designer by working on a team and with stakeholders. On a team, learners practice how to give and receive peer reviews while working effectively within an Agile environment by utilizing collaboration workspaces. Teams practice de-escalation and conflict resolution techniques in order to remain productive and work better as a team. With stakeholders, learners take feedback and make appropriate changes to their designs. Learners are introduced to and taught how to read basic HTML and a CSS style sheet. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

UX Industry Readiness 3 (2 Credits)

In the capstone course of Kenzie Academy’s UX Design Certificate program, learners articulate the necessary artifacts for acquiring a job in the industry and write a compelling cover letter. Learners focus on accessibility by designing in accordance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Learners prepare for their upcoming job search by practicing common UX Designer interview questions and whiteboard exercises within a mock interview. Enrollment in the UX Design certificate program required.

More than a Learner

You will be able to join virtual group sessions to review key topics, share ideas and insights, and engage in learning activities. As part of a tight knit group, you can also receive instructional support and work with peers on any problems or issues. These help shape you into more than a learner, designer or innovator — but a team player, collaborator, and communicator as well.

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Hamilton

Hamilton felt challenged and inspired by Kenzie's community-driven, experiential curriculum. He's now launching his tech career as a UX/UI Designer at Archon Tech Strategies.

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Scott

Scott was working as a photographer at a studio when it unexpectedly closed. It was time for his next adventure, and he had his sights on a tech career. He was hired as a Jr. UX Designer at Highlight Technologies.

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LeighAnn

LeighAnn had recently completed her undergraduate degree in general studies and was working as a recruiter, limo driver, and artist. She was considering taking on a master’s program to further her skills as an artist when she found Kenzie.

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Iyana

Iyana Admasu was pursuing a graduate degree in Animal Science and intended to build her career in veterinary medicine. But, after a while, Iyana felt a different field was calling and realized she’d rather enter the tech field. She used self-teaching methods to learn the basics of coding but got overwhelmed quickly. So, she joined Career Karma to make her search for the right tech program a little easier and found Kenzie’s UX Design program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to know how to code in order to attend Kenzie?

Absolutely not! We’re looking for self-starters who are curious about design and like working with diverse groups of people. Our learners are driven problem-solvers who can handle challenges and enjoy being part of a collaborative tech community. Kenzie is open to all applicants with the right attitude and enthusiasm.

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Do you offer courses in-person, online, or both?

Our courses are offered 100% online only to provide you with flexibility and the ability to self-pace your learning according to your schedule.

Can I do this part-time?

The program is designed to be flexible to ensure you adopt the skills you need to level up. We understand how challenging it can be to juggle work or other responsibilities along with furthering your education. We created the UX Design Certificate program to work for you.

How difficult are Kenzie Academy programs?

Our programs aren’t easy, but they also aren’t out-of-reach for dedicated learners. Our Academic Team of course facilitators, subject matter experts and coaches will guide you through the material and provide help along the way. Our Learner Services Team also checks in with learners to make sure they’re on the right track.

We also strive to provide enough support to our learners; however, your success depends on you! Don’t enter a Kenzie program lightly — but if you put in the work and take advantage of the available resources, you’ll set yourself up for great success.

What are the requirements to be accepted and enrolled in the program?

Prospective learners interested in enrolling in Kenzie Academy’s UX Design Certificate program must meet the following criteria to be accepted and enrolled in the program.

Requirements:

Prospective learners must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18-years-old
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Additionally, we screen applicants for the following.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of an admissions interview with an Admissions Counselor
    • Prospects must meet or exceed our criteria for Growth Mindset learners. These areas include: Customer Obsession, Ownership, Bias for Action, Deal with Ambiguity, and Invent and Simplify.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to collaborate in a team environment
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the subject
  • Some prior coding or related experience (this is not required, but encouraged)
  • Patience and attention to detail when confronting a new problem
  • Motivation and work ethic to handle 30-40 hours of asynchronous curriculum per week
    • Enrolled learners will have to meet weekly deadlines and hit milestones.

Our program instruction is provided in English. In order to receive the best educational experience, it’s highly recommended that you speak English fluently.

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Can I apply if I’m an international student?

Yes, you can absolutely apply for our UX Design Certificate program if you’re not located in the U.S. International students must choose to pay tuition up front. There may be limitations on placement opportunities.

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