UI / UX Design Specialization
Design High-Impact User Experiences. Research, design, and prototype effective, visually-driven websites and apps.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
In this Specialization you will participate in several short exercises—both visual and non-visual—to apply acquired knowledge, from organizing and structuring screen-based content, defining goals and strategy, to creating wireframes and visual mockups. By the end of this Specialization, you will have produced a mid-level digital prototype with simulated functionality, as well as a comprehensive plan for a complex website.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
California Institute of the Arts
CalArts has earned an international reputation as the leading college of the visual and performing arts in the United States. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
What background knowledge is necessary?
The courses in this Specialization are taught from a graphic design perspective, so it's ideal to have some ability in visual form-making or visual communication. Fundamentals of Graphic Design, the first course in the Graphic Design Specialization, also offered by CalArts on Coursera, would be an excellent course to take in combination with or as a prerequisite to this Specialization.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, we recommend you take all of the courses in the order given. Courses 3 and 4, Web Design: Strategy and Information Architecture and Web Design: Wireframes to Prototypes, are meant to be taken together as you will be working on one project that bridges these two courses.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
It will take approximately 16 weeks to complete the entire Specialization. In the latter two courses, expect to spend as much as 10 hours a week completing project work.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
University credit is not available for these courses.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
By the end of the Specialization, you will be able to:
Describe and demonstrate a working knowledge of all stages of the UI/UX development process, from user research to project strategy to wireframing, culminating with creating a convincing digital prototype.
Interpret and apply strategies and methodologies essential in the UI/UX development process.
Identify, discuss, and appreciate the integral role visual design plays in UI/UX.
Demonstrate visual design’s role in UI/UX through the creation of successful design artifacts.
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