User Experience

The User Experience (UX) Certificate provides a thorough education on how to develop compelling user experiences. This program teaches students the latest strategies, techniques, and underlying technologies leading agencies use to develop and deploy world-class user experiences. Available Format: Online

This program is perfect for:

  • Designers, engineers, information architects, writers, sociologists and entrepreneurs who want to learn to develop compelling user experiences
  • Individuals who want to be able to create successful, innovative web, print and packaging design solutions
  • Those interested in a multidisciplinary design thinking approach, used to strengthen familiar, often undervalued, skills
  • Students with no previous UX background who want to start a career in UX, or incorporate UX principles and practices into their current career

What you can learn.

  • Information architecture principles, responsive design, mobile device-centric design; usability testing, analytics, and analysis
  • System and user interface design and the total spectrum of interface design standards, including e-commerce websites, service design, and physically based environments
  • Standard user experience design tools for design and interactive prototyping, including Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision, Principle, Axure, and more
  • Conduct user research, develop user personas and scenarios and satisfy the needs of multiple other project constituents, including clients and colleagues



Expect more from your education.

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UX and product design leader with over 20 years of practical experience in information architecture, design research, and product management.

Thomas Dillmann

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I chose UCLA Extension because of the great reputation the program has and the caliber of graduates they produce. I was also impressed to know that each and every instructor [is] a working designer with great accomplishments. To me, that was important. I wanted to be learn from people who knew what they were talking about and cared about what they were teaching.

Hope Ndlovu
User Experience Certificate Graduate

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
DESMA X 481.99AF
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 489.5F
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.8K
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Elective Course
Students must complete 2 elective course (8 units).
DESMA X 480.9K
DESMA X 485.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 481.99VV
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 481.61
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 482.14
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 489.5G
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
DESMA X 479.5K
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
DESMA X 479.7F
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.7K
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 479.9K
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
DESMA X 481.24B
Typically Offered: Spring
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What are the application requirements?

This certificate is open enrollment, meaning there is no formal application necessary and anyone can join. You do not have to show transcripts or a portfolio. After paying the $250 candidacy fee, your application will be reviewed and approved within a few days. 

How does payment work?

You pay per class as you enroll each quarter. The average price of one 11-week course is $760. The entire cost of the program is estimated to be $6,500. That includes all course fees, materials and the certificate candidacy fee. 

Is financial aid available? 

This program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Please visit the UCLA Extension Financial Aid website for more information.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It takes one year to complete the six course. User Experience I–IV must be taken during four sequential quarters. You can complete two electives during those four quarters as well. So students will either be taking one or two courses per quarter. 

Is this a full time or part time program?

Due to the prerequisites for each course, this program can only be completed on a part-time basis. 

When does each quarter begin and end?

Please see our Academic Calendar

Do I need to be in the certificate to begin taking classes?

No. Students are welcomed to take any of our user experience courses a la carte. The price and instruction is the same whether you are a certificate student or not. Some students may want to take a course first to make sure the program is a good fit before they decide to commit to the whole certificate. As long as you receive a grade of C or better, you can apply any completed courses to your certificate progress retroactively if you decide to join. 

Can I complete this program online/remotely?

Yes. All courses are currently being offered either via Remote Instruction (live weekly Zoom lectures) or Online (asynchronous courses with prerecorded or slide lectures). We plan to continue to offer all required courses online even once in-person courses resume. 

What is the philosophy of the program?

This program emphasizes strategic thinking–why you made the choices you did to solve the design problem at hand. It focuses on core UX principles like research, experimentation and iteration. No coding is required, as projects deal with UX rather than UI challenges. A design background can be helpful but is not required. 

Will this program help me develop a portfolio? 

Yes. Students should have one or two projects that they can develop further into professional portfolio pieces by the program’s end. Additionally, User Experience IV emphasizes cases studies that can be built out for further inclusion in a portfolio. 

What career or job search assistance is available? 

All of our instructors are working UX professionals with insight into the industry. Additionally, classes feature industry guest speakers who may critique work or speak to their specialty. The UCLA Extension Career Center offers job searching resources and workshops, and UCLA Extension Certificate students have access to Handshake, the UCLA Job and Internship board. However, this program does not match students with internships or industry jobs. 

How do Internships work?

Students are responsible for securing their own internship placement. Once done, the department facilitates a contract between the student and employer, and awards 4.0 units of credit toward certificate progress (pending the supervisor’s review). Students work at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of 120 hours during the course of the quarter. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Currently only remote internships are being approved–check with the departments for updates on this policy. Students must have completed at least 50% of their certificate coursework to be eligible for an internship.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

User Experience certificate candidates may earn elective credit by enrolling in an internship or mentorship.

DESMA X 479.7F

Begin the transition from student to professional designer with an internship in a real world setting.



DESMA X 482.14

Work one-on-one with an instructor who guides your development of a meaningful project geared toward a portfolio piece, design competition, freelance assignment, or other advanced goal.


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