UX & Interface Design Certificate

UX and Interface Design Certificate

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User Experience (UX) and Interface Design

The Certificate of Achievement in User Experience and Interaction Design is intended to provide the necessary basic technical and creative skills for those planning to enter this growing field of user experience, interaction, and/or user interface design.

The program will prepare students for positions in web and mobile application and interactive media design fields such as entry level user experience designers, user interface and interaction designers, user researchers, information architects, digital media designers, and content developers.

Other examples where students might find employment using their creative problem-solving and UX/IxD design skills might include website design and development, the creation of interactive media such as digital publications, marketing presentation design, interactive learning product design, virtual & augmented reality design, user research, and usability testing.

By the end of the program students will understand and apply the basic principles of user experience and interaction design as applied to digital media, web, and mobile application design.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify, explain, and apply advanced User Experience and Interaction Design principles such as universal design, user research, heuristic analysis, personas, information architecture, storyboarding, user task flows, journey maps, prototyping, principles of interface design, and common UI design patterns.
  • Students will be able to generate comprehensive documentation related to a UX business strategy and goals, user research, personas, application features and specifications, site and journey maps, wireframes, and storyboards.
  • Students will apply the technical concepts and best practices used in user experience design, interaction design, and interface design to develop designs, assets, and functional prototype(s) for web, mobile, and other applications at an intermediate level.

Meet the Following Requirements
  1. Complete all required certificate courses with a C (or P) or better.
  2. Complete at least 1/3 of the program courses at Mission College to establish residency.
  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.
  • Not all classes are offered each semester.

Core Curriculum Courses Required (9.0 Units)

Please Note: GDS 070 and GDS 077 are required. Plus, either GDS 072 or GDS 076 to take a total of 9.0 Units.

Code Class Units
GDS 070 User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 072 Digital Imaging and User Interface Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 076 Emerging Trends in Interaction Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 077 Interactive Projects & Explorations in UXD (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0

Plus at least 9.0 Units from the Following

Courses may not be used to satisfy elective requirements if they have already been used to satisfy core curriculum requirements. 

Code Class Units
GDS 072 Digital Imaging and User Interface Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 076 Emerging Trends in Interaction Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 062 Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 035 Graphic Design I (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 065 Typography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 084 Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design Career Preparation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 081 Motion Graphics (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 047 Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 049 Wordpress and Content Management System (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 055A Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 011 The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 061 Page Layout (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Units Required
Total Required Units 18.0
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Skills Needed
  • Excellent IT skills, especially with design and photo-editing software.
  • Exceptional creativity and innovation.
  • Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • An understanding of the latest trends and their role within a commercial environment.
  • Professional approach to time, costs and deadlines.
Career Paths
If you don't know what to major in, or you already have a major but don't know how it translates into a career, start here. At Mission we can help you research your major and career options so you can make informed decisions. Read more about Career paths.
Careers in Design

At Mission College, we facilitate degrees and certificates in Digital Illustration, Graphic Arts, Web Design/Development, and Multimedia. Develop a portfolio and prepare for transfer or job interviews. Learn more about Graphic Design jobs.

  • Graphic Designer
  • Creative Director
  • User Experience (UX/UI) Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Product Developer
  • Art Director
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Multimedia Artist / Animator
  • Freelance