University of Wisconsin-Madison Capstone Certificate in User Experience Design



“User Experience Design 1” LIS/CS 611 (3 credits, fall term)

UX Design 1 introduces you to the user experience (UX) design process, key stages in designing for user experience, and tasks, methods, and tools involved at each stage. This includes understanding and modeling users needs and contexts, and performing basic design, prototyping, and formative evaluation. The class also introduces you to the structure of the certificate and prepares you for online learning. You will develop and present a proposal for a real life project that guides your work over the year toward the final capstone project.

“User Experience Design 2” LIS/CS 612 (3 credits, spring semester)

In UX Design 2, you advance your understanding of the UX design process by learning and applying tools and techniques at an intermediate level, including conceptual and interaction design, more advanced methods for prototyping of design solutions, and iterative design based on user models and evaluation. You will apply skills learned in the course to further develop and iteratively improve prototypes for your capstone project.

“User Experience Design 3” LIS/CS 613 (3 credits, summer semester)

In the third class, you further enhance your mastery of the UX design process through learning and practice, broadening your command of available methods and tools and your ability to address more complex design problems. You advance your competencies in testing prototypes, understanding political and social elements of design, and design project management. You will begin to finalize your capstone project through testing and redesign and you will draft plans for communication and management of your design proposal.

“User Experience Capstone” LIS/CS 614 (1 credit, 4 week summer term)

In the UX capstone experience, you illustrate how you have obtained and incorporated stakeholder feedback on your capstone project in prior classes. You will present your capstone project to a panel of industry judges and classmates, demonstrating your excellent professional oral, written and video communications skills. The course will also prepare you to hit the job market for a UX job or approach your boss for a raise by through work shopping your professional materials such as your resume and your professional portfolio.

UX Program Student Handbook: Handbook 2021

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