In this Specialization, you will learn industry-standard theory and methods for developing successful user interfaces (UIs). Upon completing this Specialization, you will have fluency with the user research, prototyping and evaluation techniques necessary for creating intuitive interfaces that facilitate good user experiences. You will also have demonstrated this fluency through an in-depth Capstone Project that can be shown to prospective employers in the fast-growing field of UI design.
Concepts and techniques covered include structured approaches for helping you understand your user base and their needs (e.g. contextual inquiry and design psychology), widely-employed prototyping and design methods (e.g. low-fidelity and paper prototyping), and robust techniques for helping you evaluate your design choices (e.g. heuristic evaluation and user studies). By the end of the Specialization, you will be comfortable applying these concepts and techniques to design an interface for a wide variety of users from around the world.
Some related experience required.
Some related experience required.
The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
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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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Most learners will take 6-8 months to complete the specialization.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No specific background information is required. General familiarity with software and computer systems is all you need to get started.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, the material builds cumulatively, and most of the exercises will not make sense if the courses are taken out of order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No, the University of Minnesota does not award credit for completing this specialization. If you are enrolled in another university, you can contact your advisor there to see whether independent study credit may be possible for completing this specialization under the supervision of a local faculty member.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to design user interfaces to meet a wide variety of user needs. Through completion of this course, you will learn and practice a variety of techniques for conducting research about users, their needs, and their context; for exploring a variety of designs and applying design guidelines and principles; and for evaluating user interface designs with and without users. You will complete a comprehensive design project with a team of learners. At that point, you are ready to work in user interface design!
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