User Experience (UX) Design

User Experience (UX) Design Extension Certificate


A user exerience deseigner adjusting a paper protoype of a phone app.



Registration can be completed by calling 403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655

Students must register in all four courses in the User Experience (UX) Design Extension Certificate.



403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655

Use design thinking to bring real-world user experience (UX) solutions to life with our User Experience Design Certificate, offered in partnership with York University’s School of Continuing Studies. Invest in your career — UX design is one of the top five technical skills employers are looking for. UX is so key to the success of a product that nine out of 10 managers in the UX field say hiring User Experience Designers is a top priority.

Design thinking is critical to ensure innovations in technology continue to put people first, and that products offer the type of user experience that affect real change in the world around us. This four-course certificate, developed and taught by leaders in the field, focuses on the core job skills top employers demand when hiring UX Designers.

You’ll gain a solid understanding of design thinking as it relates to UX by diving into real-world projects. Gain core job skills employers are looking for, including logical problem solving, research skills and active communication. You’ll also build meaningful relationships with your peers over the course of the program, enhancing your learning.



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  • create a portfolio of work that effectively applies UX best practices and processes to meet business needs across multiple industries and product types
  • learn where and when works best for you via online learning
  • participate in formalized learning that sets your resume apart from the field

Program details

Format: Fully online until further notice

Duration: Complete 4 required courses (144 hours). This program can be completed in 8 months.



September 2020 start

Course Online start date Online end date Live online classes
Fundamentals of UX Design Sept. 20, 2020 Nov. 15, 2020 Sept. 20 & Nov. 15
UX Design Research Nov. 16, 2020 Jan. 24, 2021 Nov. 22 & Jan. 24
Visual Designing, Wireframing and Prototyping Jan. 25, 2021 March 21, 2021 Jan. 31 & March 21
Applied UX Design March 22, 2021 May 16, 2021 March 28 & May 16

Winter 2021 start

Course Online start date Online end date Live online classes
Fundamentals of UX Design Jan. 16, 2021 March 6, 2021 Jan. 16 & March 6
UX Design Research March 8, 2021 April 24, 2021 March 13 & April 24
Visual Designing, Wireframing and Prototyping April 26, 2021 June 12, 2021 May 1 & June 12
Applied UX Design June 14, 2021 Aug. 7, 2021 June 19 & Aug. 7

User Experience (UX) Design Certificate – Block Code Registration UXD

Fundamentals of UX Design

Gain an overview of the wide range of disciplines involved in the theory and practices of user experience design and learn how they interact. Apply your new knowledge in hands-on practice. This course provides the foundation needed to successfully complete the remaining three practical courses in this certificate program.

Subject code: XUXD 10001 36 hours Fee: $1,099
Block Code: UXD Online Sept. 20 - Nov. 15    
  Live online class Sept. 20 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun.
  Live online class Nov. 15 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.

UX Design Research

Learn how to conduct, synthesize and share qualitative research with design and product teams. Tackle the differences between quantitative and qualitative research and cover a variety of common research methods used within product and agency environments. Gain hands-on experience writing research plans, discussion guides and conducting user interviews. In addition, learn how to synthesize these findings, and develop themes and strategic direction that emerge from the data. Practice sharing these findings in a written and oral format.

Subject code: XUXD 10002 36 hours Fee: $1,099
Block Code: UXD Online Nov. 16 - Jan. 24    
  Live online class Nov. 22 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.
  Live online class Jan. 24 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.

Visual Design, Wireframing and Prototyping

Gain an understanding of the full spectrum of creating wireframe fidelities, mocks and design-validating artifacts. Using a collaborative approach, practice how to translate ideas and preliminary concepts into meaningful user interfaces to support business goals and user needs. Learn the fundamental principles and theories and gain hands-on experience with industry standards for visual design, interactive design and usability testing methodologies. Learn techniques on how to get participants’ feedback from prototyping to develop and leverage design solutions according to insights and collected data. Lastly, learn design systems and establish a strategy by cataloging design assets/components into a universal ecosystem.

Subject code: XUXD 10003 36 hours Fee: $1,099
Block Code: UXD Online Jan. 25 - March 21    
  Live online class Jan. 31 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.
  Live online class Mar. 21 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.

Applied UX Design

Investigate the practical aspects of innovation and how design tools and methods can be used to deploy a viable product/solution. Put design processes and techniques into practice through applied projects. Present your design concepts verbally, as well as visually, at a professional level. Evaluate a product for customer insights, mechanical UX features, marketing context and design esthetics. Present new concepts as realized through the design/innovation process. Make a final presentation with a high level of professional finish for a real-life industry partner.

Subject code: XUXD 10004 36 hours Fee: $1,099
Block Code: UXD Online Mar. 22 - May 16    
  Live online class Mar. 28 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.
  Live online class May 16 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.

  • Estimated cost of materials is $100 per course.
  • The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to attend the live online classes and complete the online learning units — your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
  • Students submit assignments electronically through Moodle, York University’s online learning management system. To successfully complete the courses in the certificate, students must have access to a computer and the Internet.

The User Experience (UX) Design Certificate is ideal for anyone who currently works in a creative field, such as graphic or web design, or web development. People in strategic client-facing roles, like product/project managers, strategists and consultants, are also a great fit.