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UX Design Certificate Program

An 8-Week Career Accelerator for Creative Professionals

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Fall 2021 Dates (Remote Online)
UXD 001:
August 25 - October 25, 2021
(No class on Sept 6, 8, and 15. Class on Sept 9)
Time: Every Monday and Wednesday, 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
Tuition: $2,440* - $2,710
Online Platform: Webex

Register before 4pm on August 23.

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*Apply for Alumni Discount

FIT's User Experience Design Certificate Program is a distance learning program tailored for creative professionals who are looking to advance their career in the exciting field of UX design. Through the introduction of UX design workflow, research methodologies, ideation process as well as hands-on development of wireframe, interaction design, prototyping, and usability testing, our goal is to provide you with a well-rounded education in UX design that will foster career growth.

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, and it is recommended that you bring your own laptop so you can work effectively during the workshop time.

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.

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What You Will Learn

  • Design Thinking
  • UX Working Environment, Workflow, and Research Methodologies
  • Competitive and Comparative Analysis
  • Conducting and Compiling Empathy Interviews
  • Visualizing Customer Journey
  • Creating Personas, Scenarios, Sitemaps, Wireframes, and Wireflows
  • Low-Fidelity and High-Fidelity Prototypes
  • Usability Testing Methodologies
  • Microinteractions and UX Design
  • Fundamental UI Design Principles
  • UX Portfolio Preparation

What You Will Get:

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

Meet Our Faculty

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.

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.

Anders Wallace

Anders Wallace
Senior UX Strategist, Quicken Loans

Anders is a UX designer with a focus on product research, strategy, and ideation. Skilled at all stages of the UX design funnel–from defining a problem space to feature prioritization, from wireframing to design systems–Anders loves creating meaningful, delightful product experiences anchored in user empathy. With a PhD in cultural anthropology, Anders is currently a Senior UX Strategist at Quicken Loans.

Michael Hintze

Michael Hintze
Product Designer, Facebook

Michael is a Product Designer and occasional engineer living and working in New York. He is currently at Facebook Reality Labs working on future AR/VR products. Michael has over 10 years of experience working as a designer for tech industry leaders Nokia, Apple, and Google. He and his teams have worked on Google Maps, Google Local Search, the Zagat app, Apple web experiences, and the Nokia app store. He received his BA in Math & Computer Science from CUNY Lehman College and his Masters in UX Design & Research from UC Berkeley.

Yuwei Fu

Yuwei Fu
UX Design Manager, Amazon
Yuwei Fu is a UX Design Manager working on Amazon Selling Partner Experience to enable global sellers seamless selling and shipping experience as well as achieving their business success. Before joining Amazon, Yuwei has worked at several world-class digital agencies, product design consultancies, and startups including Fantasy Interactive and Method in New York. During his career, he developed UX for over 30 international brands across various industries. His design works were recognized by Emmy Award, The Webby Awards, and Cannes Lion.

Michelle Flacks

Michelle Flacks
Senior UX Designer, Thinx Inc.

Michelle Flacks started her career as an art director and transitioned into a UX/UI Designer creating visual experiences and innovative digital solutions. Her passion is to make a user's life easier by streamlining complicated processes and create an experience that is not only satisfying but also changes the baseline expectations for how we interact with the world around us. Over the years, she has worked on identity and UX/UI for brands such as IBM, Bank of America, Sugar in the Raw, Sweet N’ Low, Pirate’s Booty, Mrs. Dash, and a variety of others.

Robbie Frank

Robbie Frank
UX Designer, Akkadian Labs

Robbie Frank is a UX designer with a focus on research, UX writing, & design interactions. Through a collaborative, user-centered, iterative design process, Robbie enjoys the process of simplifying users' lives by creating thoughtful and meaningful experiences. He is currently the lead UX designer at Akkadian Labs which provides enterprise software solutions supporting Cisco products for clients in the Unified Communication (UC) space.

Why FIT?

  • Classes taught by top industry experts
  • Program helps you prepare a high quality UX design portfolio
  • The focus is helping you transition into a UX design career
  • Team-teaching methodology maximizes your learn outcomes
  • Onsite workshop provides immersive learning experience at NYC design firms
  • Curriculum Designed by FIT's Creative Technology & Design Program
  • Certification from a world-renowned college 

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 noncredit 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 / Founder and Managing Partner, Cynda Media Lab 
Christie Shin, 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 RokubeCreative Director, PwC Experience Center 
Jennifer BrunoDirector of Product, Fusion Media Group 
Ben MorejonCreative Director, Anomaly