User Experience (UX) Design Systems and Prototyping Concepts (Online)

Follow a project brief through the process of research, design, and prototyping. Along the way, participate in a decision making and refinement process by considering how people use and respond to the design. Learn how to ensure that accessibility and equity are integrated into the design process from the beginning. Explore how design systems and reusable components lead to thoughtful digital experiences, and how responsiveness, flexibility, and sustainability are fundamental to designing for screens and across platforms. Explore the role prototyping plays in influencing the user’s experience. Learn about different ways to prototype, from basic paper models through light digital solutions. Learn how to manage the user testing of prototypes and how to capture and interpret user feedback. Students who are interested in developing their coding skills further are encouraged to take the courses Web Development: HTML and Web Development: CSS.

This course will build on the skills learned in the course User Experience (UX) Concepts and Mobile Apps. This course is part of the User Experience (UX) certificate, the second and final course. / Each student will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class. / No class July 5. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course will be synchronous, meaning students will meet together online twice weekly.  Class meetings will be conducted via Google Meet and will be supplemented by weekly office hours for one-on-one feedback and guidance. Course activities will include lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, work time, and critique. 

Prerequisites: User Experience (UX) Concepts and the Mobile App. or equivalent UX experience with instructor approval. Previous experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver or equivalent UX software (Sketch, Figma) are helpful but not required.

Required software: Adobe Creative Cloud with XD downloaded (provided by MCAD); Figma Starter (free version); free Miro account. One month Axure subscription: $29. (Students do not need to purchase Axure immediately. It will be for the end of the class.)

Required hardware: Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud with internet access, a camera, and microphone.

Required supplies for the first class meeting: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook.

You might also like the course User Experience (UX) Basics Workshop.

Register Before: June 9
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

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Course Details

CSDE 9412 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, June 14, 2021
Date End: 
Monday, August 9, 2021
6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Graphic and Web Design
Online Classes
See above