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As of May 2020, the University is no longer accepting applications for Continuing Education certificates. 

Please direct all questions and inquiries to ce@uarts.edu.


A Usability + User Experience Program

The UX Design Certificate program provides an introduction to designing user-centered experiences for the web, mobile and beyond. You will learn to navigate the process of collecting research, testing, analyzing, problem-solving, and transforming your data into a successful, functional design. At the conclusion of the program, you'll be prepared for the field with an understanding of best practices and how to design with empathy.

What is UX?

Coming soon.

Past visiting artists, events & lectures have included:

Mikey Ilagan, Designer and Accessibility Expert at Comcast.

Allie Carey, Product Solutions Manager at SEI          
Presentation on how design thinking has impacted product development at SEI.

Joe Cotellese, Product Developer      
What is the "Lean UX Movement" and how has it changed product development? 
Presentation and workshop on Lean UX: lean product development tools, the problem interview, the solution interview, and prototyping. 

Katie Kelsall, Account Manager, TEKsystems 
The Marketing of You: A UX Designer           
TEKsystems Digital: Path to UX Design
TEKsystems Digital is a digital & creative staffing agency. Kelsall's position affords her the opportunity to work closely with hiring managers in the UX Design space and to gain an understanding of what they look for in candidates. The purpose of these presentations/discussions was to provide insight on breaking into the UX Design field, including best practices for building a resume, creating a portfolio, networking, and interviewing.

Marc Siry, Business Development and Growth Strategy, Comcast
Presentation and workshop on presenting your work. 

Pay as you go by semester.


  • Orientation and Introduction to Design Thinking 1 day | 1.0 credit | Tuition $125
  • Usability: A Case Study – Finding Solutions 5 weeks | 2.0 credits | Tuition: $600, Fee $40
  • User-Centered Design: Research Phase 5 weeks | 2.0 credits | Tuition: $600, Fee $40


  • Usability and User Experience 10 weeks | 3.0 credits | Tuition: $900, Fee $40
  • Project Management for Creatives 3 days | 2.0 credits | Tuition: $600, Fee $40


  • Capstone 10 weeks | 3.0 credits | Tuition: $900, Fee $40

Total credits: 13
Total tuition & fees: $3,925
Matriculation fee*: $100

 Total program cost: $4,025 

*one-time payment due upon acceptance into the UX Design Certificate. If you are already enrolled in a certificate program and entering a second certificate program, the matriculation fee is discounted to $50.

As of May 2020, the University is no longer accepting applications for Continuing Education certificates. Please direct all questions and inquiries to ce@uarts.edu.


Prospective candidates for the UX Design Certificate should have related design or research experience. Former students have come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including but not limited to graphic design, web design and development, marketing, human-centered research, and more. Comfort using design software helps but is not a requirement to apply. Please highlight all formal and informal experiences in your resume and statement.



If accepted, students must submit a non-refundable matriculation fee of $100 to hold their place in the program. The matriculation fee is used to cover costs associated with the certificate program such as UArts CS student photo ID and computer lab access.

UX Design Course Sequence

Participants complete the 13-credit course sequence in three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer).  Classes meet on campus once a week from 6-9 pm. In addition, classes are supplemented with special topic presentations, field trips, and hands-on experiences; students attend 6 presentations or special programs over the course of the program.

1: Orientation and Introduction to Design Thinking

One day workshop, including a faculty presentation on the history of design thinking, workshop exercises, and guest presenters. (First course | 1 cr | 1 Day | $125)

2: Usability: A Case Study – Finding Solutions

Take an existing product through usability test phase. (Second course | 2 cr | 5 weeks | $640)

3: User-Centered Design: Research Phase

Learn about the psychology of design research, how to do client research; synthesizing user research + test to create a design solution. (Third course | 2 cr | 5 weeks | $640)

4: Usability and User Experience

Content, Strategy + Research; process + manage a digital project from start to finish. (Fourth course | 3 cr | 10 weeks | $940)

5: Project Management for Creatives

Examine all aspects of digital agency operations from finding the right clients and negotiating-to contract writing basics, and the scheduling and managing workflow. (Fifth course | 2 cr | 3 Days | $640)

Final Course: Capstone Project

Students will work with real-world clients to take a UX design project through the entire cycle through research phase, user flow, validation, testing + presentation (Final course | 3 cr | 10 weeks | $940)

I've learned a lot through this high-quality, engaging program that I've already applied to my career. My company was so excited to learn I enrolled in this program and it's been opening doors for me.
— Lacey A., UX Design Certificate Student

If you would like to meet with a staff member or schedule an advising session, please email ce@uarts.edu to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  Philadelphia Campus Tours: Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour — admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049


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Philadelphia, PA 19107
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