Upgrade your career and design beautiful UI systems
Fall 2022 Dates (Remote)
UID 001: TBA
Time: Every Monday and Thursday, 6:30pm to 8:30pm EDT
Online Platform: Webex
This career accelerator certificate will give 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.
This certificate is tailored for creative professionals such as graphic designers who are looking to advance into the exciting fields of app design and web design. 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.
This is a Synchronous and Collaborative Remote Experiential Learning™ (SCREL™) Certificate. 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.
- High-speed internet connection
- A design-grade laptop or desktop computer that is capable of running the latest browser and streaming media
- Built-in or external webcam and speakers
*If you think you are eligible for the 10% Alumni Discount, please complete the Alumni Verification Form prior to registration in order to receive your discount code.
Learn How To
- Manage UI design workflow
- Utilize a user-centric design process
- Find and use design inspirations
- Use fundamentals and components
- Understand unique attributes and design considerations for each type of website and mobile app
- Apply accessibility guidelines
- Design for usability/learnability
- Create and maintain a UI system style guide
- Improve your presentation skills and portfolio
- Program is taught by top industry experts
- The hands-on workshop provides immersive learning experience
- 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
- Earn certification from a world-renowned college
Meet Your Instructors
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.
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.
Global Design Director, Nike
Ray Sison is a Design Director with extensive experience working at some of the best digital agencies in New York including R/GA and Work & CO. Sison led his team and created Nike+ FuelBand and other acclaimed Nike projects including the Nike+ mobile applications. Nike+ FuelBand won awards including the Titanium Grand Prix at Cannes, and allowed Sison to demonstrate his capabilities in integrated hardware and software design. Sison also helped bring in new accounts while at R/GA, overseeing creative for clients like Samsung and Red Bull.
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.
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.
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.
- The Role of a UI Designer
- UI Design Workflow
- UI Design Methodology (Atomic Design)
- User-centric Design Process
- UI Design Tools
- UI Design Fundamentals (Typography, Color, Grids, and Hierarchy)
- UI Design Components
- Design System
- Responsive Web Design
- Responsive Typography
- Unique Attributes and Design Considerations for Each Type of Website
- Unique Attributes and Design Considerations for Mobile Apps
- Designing for Usability/Learnability
- High-fidelity click-through Prototyping
- UI Design Presentation Skills
- UI Design Portfolio Preparation
Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)
FIT's CCPS offers credit and noncredit certificates and courses in fashion, business, design, technology, and marketing, to help you enter into or advance your career in the fashion and related industries. With short programs 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, Program Director, Founder / Creative Director, Cynda Media Lab
Christie Shin, Program Coordinator, Partner / 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
Emily Frost, Manager of Brand Creative, Faherty Brand