Academic Catalogs

UX Design, Certificate Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_UXDS
Control Number: 22384

The UX Design Certificate is designed to prepare the student for an entry level position in the UX/UI Design Industry. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create original digital art used to integrate user research, psychology, as well as, text,images, animation, video, and other content into effective user interface design. Students will create prototypes that explore,demonstrate, and verify the effectiveness of their design solutions for the Web, Apps, Watches, and/or other Interactive Design Products. Digital Media Arts and Design is an important sector of the economy and industry is eager to find qualified candidates who not only understand practical knowledge of UX/UI design principles, but also know how to collaborate with fellow designers,stakeholders, clients.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate skill in design utilizing industry standard user experience design and visual design software.
  2. Design and create website and mobile app projects and prototypes, that demonstrate knowledge of design for different screens, user interface design, and best practices in typography, design and navigation.
  3. Create a portfolio utilizing a variety of design techniques for the purpose of gaining employment and/or acceptance to an Art College or University.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ART A110 Color and Design: Two-Dimensional 3
DMAD A117 Rapid Illustration Techniques 3
DMAD A151 History of Graphic Design 3
DMAD A181 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
Semester 2
DMAD A115 Typography I 3
DMAD A182 Graphic Design 3
DMAD A190 Illustrator for Design 3
DMAD A193 Photoshop for Design 3
Year 2
Semester 1
DMAD A200 Designing for the Web 3
DMAD A203 UX/UI Design 3
Semester 2
ART A180
Professional Studies
or Studio Internship
DMAD A288 Digital Portfolio Development 3
 Total Units35-35.5