UI Design Certificate Program

Upgrade Your Career and Create Beautiful UI Design Systems in 8 weeks

user interfaces on mobile devices

Spring 2022 Dates (Remote Online)
UID 001:
Time: Every Monday and Thursday, 7:10pm to 9:10pm EST
Tuition: $2,430 -  $2,700
Online Platform: Webex

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FIT's User Interface (UI) Design Certificate Program is an 8-week career accelerator that gives you the hands-on experience to prepare for a career in user interface design. Through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, critics, and workshops, students gain an in-depth understanding of the guidelines, practices, and methodologies of user interface design. FIT's UI Design Certificate Program is tailored for creative professionals such as graphic designers who are looking to advance into the exciting fields of app design and web design.

This program is a Synchronous and Collaborative Remote Experiential Learning™ (SCREL™) Certificate Program. Unlike traditional distance and online learning models, SCREL enables real-time interactions between faculty, industry professionals. In addition, our intimate maximum class size of 14 students will enable in-depth discussions and exchange of ideas to maximize your learning experience and results.

To enroll in this program, proficiency in design software such as Adobe Creative Suite as well as knowledge of design fundamentals such as typography and layout are required. Knowledge of UX design is recommended but not required.

Technology Requirements: High-speed internet connection; a design-grade laptop or desktop computer that is capable of running the latest browser and streaming media; and built-in or external webcam and speakers.

multiple devices showing interface designs

What You Will Learn

  • The Role of a UI Designer
  • UI Design Workflow
  • User-centric Design Process
  • UI Design Tools
  • Finding and Using Design Inspirations
  • UI Design Fundamentals
  • UI Design Components
  • Unique Attributes and Design Considerations for Each Type of Website
  • Unique Attributes and Design Considerations for Mobile Apps
  • Accessibility Guidelines
  • Designing for Usability/Learnability
  • Micro-Interactions
  • High-Fidelity Click-Through Prototyping
  • Create and Maintain a UI System Style Guide
  • UI Design Presentation Skills
  • UI Design Portfolio Preparation

What You Will Get:

A portfolio-building UI design project as well as a clear understanding of UI design principles and processes, which will enable you to continue developing your portfolio after you complete the program.

Meet Our Faculty

Christie Shin

Christie Shin
Partner & Design Director, Cynda Media Lab; and Faculty and Coordinator, Creative Technology & Design, FIT

Christie Shin has more than 25 years of professional experience as an educator, creative consultant, and design director specializing in branding, typography, UX/UI design, and product design. Shin is one of the most award-winning designers receiving over 30 international design awards since 2012. Currently, Shin is an associate professor at FIT, where she was awarded the 2017 FIT Faculty Excellence Award.

C.J. Yeh

C.J. Yeh
Founder / Creative Director, Cynda Media Lab; and Curriculum Chair, Creative Technology & Design, FIT

C.J. Yeh is a world-renowned expert in branding and experience design. Yeh has published eight books to date, several of which have been adopted by universities in Taiwan as textbooks. His work has been exhibited at some of the most famous museums in the world including MAXXI Museum (Rome), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei), and New Museum (New York). Yeh has won multiple teaching awards including the FIT President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Adobe Educators’ Choice Awards.

Stacy Lee

Stacy Lee
Interaction Designer, Google

Stacy Lee is currently an interaction designer at Google where she provides thoughtful design solutions for product users. Previously, she was a senior digital designer at Ann Inc. where she was responsible for concepting and designing e-commerce digital assets. She received BFA in graphic design at Pratt Institute and after taking UI/UX certification courses at FIT, she was able to transition her career from graphic/visual design to UI/UX.

Miguel A. Cardona Jr.

Miguel A. Cardona Jr.
Designer Advocate, Education, Figma Design

Miguel “Miggi" Cardona is a Designer Advocate for Education at Figma. He was previously an Assistant Professor for the New Media Design BFA and Visual Communications MFA programs at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the lead designer of imgix, a responsive image API startup in San Francisco. Miguel has 18 years experience in teaching, designing interactions, web development, and product design. He lives in Rochester, NY and collaborates on an anthropological print zine series on race and space with his partner.

Why FIT?

  • Program is taught by top industry experts
  • Earn certification from a world-renowned college
  • Learn cutting-edge design skills that are in high demand
  • Prepare a high-quality UI design portfolio with a clear focus to help you transition into a UI design career
  • Curriculum designed by award winning faculty from FIT's Creative Technology & Design subject area
  • The hands-on workshop provides immersive learning experience

Synchronous and Collaborative Remote Experiential Learning

FIT’s SCREL programs were developed by award-winning faculty members from FIT’s Creative Technology & Design (CT&D) subject area and Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS). It provides a hands-on learning experience that simulates the workflow of online collaboration and global teamwork, which is becoming a standard in the contemporary creative industry.

Synchronous: Real-time remote lectures, demonstrations, and discussions for instant feedback and dynamic exchange of ideas.

Collaborative: Adaptation of industry-standard tools that enable real-time online collaboration and teamwork.

Experiential: Hands-on experiential and project-based learning in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper understanding of the subject.

Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

FIT's CCPS offers credit and non-credit courses in fashion, business, design, computer technology, and marketing, as well as a range of certificate programs to help you enter and advance in the fashion and related industries. With short seminars, multi-session courses, and flexible schedules, you can learn at a time and pace you can manage and afford.

Creative Technology & Design (CT&D)

The CT&D program area was founded with a mission to elevate students’ understanding of advanced design concepts as well as their command of cutting-edge technology, CT&D at FIT provides a flexible curriculum and an empowering transdisciplinary learning environment. Our pedagogical goal is to nurture the next generation of creative technologists who will design digital products, platforms, and creative solutions that improve people’s lives.

CT&D Advisory Board

C.J. Yeh , Founder and Managing Partner, Cynda Media Lab
Christie Shin , Partner and Design Director, Cynda Media Lab
Paul Kim , Vice President of Strategy, North America HQ at Samsung Electronics
Allison Ceraso , President and Chief Experience Officer,  Havas Health Plus
Marcin Ramocki , Chairman, MFA in Media Arts, New Jersey City University
Akiko Rokube Creative Director, PwC Experience Center
Jennifer Bruno Director of Product, Fusion Media Group
Ben Morejon Creative Director, Anomaly