User-Centered Design Certificate
The User-Centered Design (UCD) Certificate is an evening, graduate-level program in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) for students who want to explore a wide range of issues in usability and user-centered design.
HCDE admits students for Autumn Quarter ONLY.
Applications are due August 15, 2014, for the Autumn Quarter 2014 start.
The application will become available in early April 2014.
How to Apply
HCDE offers the UCD certificate program in conjunction with UW Professional & Continuing Education (PCE), which manages the application submission process.
To apply, please complete the application materials listed below and submit them to Professional & Continuing Education's Registration Office. You also can find these materials available by visiting their site (Apply for Admission). The required materials for application are:
- PCE General Application
- Statement of Goals/Letter of Application (250 words or fewer)
- Professional Resume
- Unofficial college transcripts
Additionally, we strongly encourage admitted UCD students to apply for Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status. Once an applicant has been offered admission to the UCD program, they should submit the request for GNM status through the UW Graduate School (there is a $75 associated with the GNM application). GNM status makes students eligible to earn up to 12 graduate credits that they can transfer toward a future graduate degree program at the UW. Students who later apply and are accepted in the Human Centered Design & Engineering Master's Degree may then transfer in 12 UCD credits into the MS program. GNM status does not guarantee or imply future admission to the HCDE MS program. Please see the Graduate School's Memorandum #37 for more detailed information about restrictions about credit transfer.
Students complete four courses to earn the UCD Certificate.
All students are required to take the following three courses:
- HCDE 517—Usability Testing (4 credits)
- HCDE 518—User-Centered Design (4 credits)
- HCDE 521—UX Speaker Series (Seminar: Current Issues in HCDE) Winter Quarter ONLY (1 credit)
In addition, students complete one of the following elective courses:
- HCDE 511—Information Visualization (4 credits)
- HCDE 536—Interaction Design (4 credits)
- HCDE 537—User-Centered Web Design (4 credits)
Autumn Quarter 2013
HCDE 518, User-Centered Design: Explores the user-centered design paradigm from a broad perspective, emphasizing how user research and prototype assessment can be integrated into different phases of the design process. Students learn to think like a user-centered designer and carry out activities that are key to user-centered design.
Winter Quarter 2014
Students must take both courses.
HCDE 517, Usability Testing: Discusses the human-computer interface (HCI) as the communicative aspect of a computer system. Analyzes usability issues in HCI design, explores design-phase methods of predictability, and introduces evaluative methods of usability testing.
HCDE 521, UX Speaker Series (Seminar: Current Issues in HCDE--winter quarter seminar only): This seminar course consists of presentations on current issues in user experience. These presentations are also streamed over the web.
Spring Quarter 2014
Choose one of the following electives:
HCDE 511, Information Visualization: Covers the design and presentation of digital information. Uses graphics, animation, sound, and other modalities in presenting information to users. Studies understanding vision and perception. Includes methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis; and incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces.
HCDE 536, Interaction Design: Investigates advanced topics in the theory and practice of interaction design, using a project-oriented approach. Develops expertise in design, development, and critique of solutions in online and mobile platforms. Examines issues such as interaction theory, requirements and specifications, design language, prototyping, evaluation, and presentation of projects. Prerequisite: HCDE 518.
HCDE 537, User-Centered Web Design: Theory and practice of the user-centered web development process. Principles and processes for documenting and implementing various development stages, including requirements analysis, user needs analysis, information architecture, prototyping, mockups, and production.
Tuition and Fees
Per Credit: $729
Registration Fee: $35
Certificate Program Fee: $50
(Variable): Quarterly student technology fee is $23 for a four-credit course and $29 for a five-credit course.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit PCE's UCD Certificate page.
Students must pay fees when registering. Fees cannot be billed, except for third-party payers; for many working professionals, their employers function as third-party payers. Tuition can be billed only to third-party payers within the United States. Students who have a third-party payer must include a purchase order or letter of authorization to bill with the registration form. For details on third-party payment, please contact PCE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-543-2310.
MASTER'S DEGREE INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Dec 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
PhD Application--Dec 16, 2013
MS Application--Jan 15, 2014
User Centered Design Certificate Application--August 15, 2014
Application available April 2014