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The UI/UX Design Specialization brings a design-centric approach to user interface and user experience design, and offers practical, skill-based instruction centered around a visual communications perspective, rather than on one focused on marketing or programming alone.

Website Wireframe strategy User Interface Design (UI Design) User Experience (UX) User Research Graphic Design Adobe XD Adobe Illustrator InVision Marvel Adobe Indesign Treejack

Accessible for free. Completion certificates are offered.

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Taught by
Michael Worthington
Faculty, Program in Graphic Design
and 1 more instructor

Offered by
California Institute of the Arts

This specialization includes these 4 courses.

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r/userexperience • comment
2 points • HeadphoneBill

I'm already at the capstone project and started this summer. If I can give you a tip, I would do a lot of courses parallel. In September I completed four of the eight courses parallel because the workload isn't really much and I still had summer break. You also save a lot of money this way. If you really want to spend 4-5 hours each workday you can get seven courses done in six weeks easily.

I'm planning to start the new UI/UX-Design Course of the California Institute of the Arts soon. It only launched two weeks ago.

r/design_critiques • comment
2 points • Swisst

Don't give up after only a week! I can't imagine what I would have thought of my future design career if I judged it by just my first week doing design.

  • The only benefit to daily challenges is that it gets you quickly trying new things and can help you learn programs better. That said, it very often leaves you with a piece that isn't very well thought-out.
  • CalArts offers a UI/UX specialization course on Coursera. You can audit these courses for free (or if you pay you get access to peer-graded projects and an official completion certificate).
  • What tools are you using for your work?
  • Do you find you're more interested in UI or UX? People can sometimes use those interchangeably and there's a lot of overlap, but at their core they're different disciplines. Figuring out if you want to focus on one or the other (or both!) will help you head in a good direction.
  • Don't feel like you need to start from scratch. Spend some time looking at websites and themes. Capture images of them and recreate them in your programs. This can help you get a feel for the flow, sizing, elements, and typography used in building websites and apps.

r/LearnUX • post
1 points • breakingDusk
The UX/ UI Design specialization @ Coursera
r/coursera • post
1 points • vinnivins
Need your insights and suggestions on whether or not to take up a UI/UX course on Coursera.
r/design_critiques • comment
1 points • Swisst

These are all solid places to start! Don't worry about recreating stuff, that is a fantastic way to learn. I think that Coursera course will help you a lot, there's a lot of great foundational stuff in there. Since you seem interested in UI work, I will point you towards a second specialization from CalArts that focuses on UI/UX specifically.

Your work is pretty solid for a beginner. I think once you go through that Design Specialization course, you'll have a better foundation in type and design history to pull from.

r/design_critiques • comment
1 points • Swisst

Ah. If you just got started, concentrate on learning as much as you can. I would also suggest trying to find a junior position somewhere where you can learn from more experienced people as you're working.

Also, decide on what you want to do! If you're passionate about being a developer, don't sell yourself as a logo designer. There are plenty of solid designers out there who are horrible developers and need someone solid who can bring their dreams to life. In situations like these I think it's totally ok to sell your strengths and mention that you have the ability to make other things happen via your network of contacts. For example, say you found a solid designer who could make logos for your clients and you could develop out website designs for them.

It might be worth looking at this UI/UX specialization course from Calarts on Coursera. It's not super clear on the website, but these Coursera classes are free to audit and only cost money if you want peer-graded assignments and an official certificate at the end. If UI/UX isn't ultimately the road you want to go down there are lots of other solid ways to learn out there too!

r/userexperience • comment
1 points • luxuryUX
r/userexperience • comment
1 points • Fraaaann

Can you give me a run down of how you got your foot in the door?

Background: Currently I do Jr Level data analysis with SQL but have an interest in UI/UX design. I graduated college with B.S Cognitive Science and have just signed up for https://www.coursera.org/specializations/ui-ux-design. I'm hoping this will teach me something, meanwhile I'm teaching myself to use Invision Studio/Sketch (just got access) and Photoshop and am just creating a mobile app mockup for an idea I had.

The startup I'm at right now let's me use Sketch to create tool designs and mock-ups but I feel this would be confidential and pointless except for the aspect of using this as a way to learn to use Sketch better.

r/userexperience • comment
1 points • luxuryUX

>I'd like to transition into a UX/UI role, and I am having a hard time deciding if I should invest in a Master's program (and the loans to go with it), an online bootcamp, something else?

The opportunity cost and tuition for an MFA just to get into UX/UI might be a bad path imo. If you are looking to launch a career in a more visually design focused role within UX you might want to look into this program by CalArts that literally just launched a few months ago


Just know that work and portfolio are the life blood for getting into UI design. Your work is the most important thing employers will be looking for not credentials (although degrees and certificates can be a measuring stick of trustworthiness and competence)


Good luck!



r/userexperience • comment
1 points • rhythmic_disarray

This is one I found a while back through CalArts/Coursera.

r/UXDesign • comment
1 points • PrairieJack

I definitely think you could be using more psychology into the process. I have a graphic design background and am working on learning UI and UX. I think the little of psychology that I know comes into how users will use the product, what will they use/click on first first, what colors will catch their eye, anticipating/predicting the users actions, what the eye sees first or constructing what you want the eyes to see first (hierarchy). You say you have done studies in vision, attention, attraction, and memory. The class I took last month went over how interface design mimics real world/analog models of things and humans memories of those real world things helps them know how to use the digital versions of those things. There's a bit of psychology in graphic design.

I'm doing some courses by CALARTS via coursera.org. It's goes by pretty fast and the work is peer graded, but I think it covers a lot of the terms you may not know.

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • net1537x

There's a course on coursera by calarts. I've heard good things about it. You've got to pay for the certificate, but otherwise its free. Or there's a free trial - try finishing it in 7 days and you'll get the certificate for free.


r/userexperience • comment
4 points • luxuryUX
r/design_critiques • comment
2 points • Swisst

I haven't taken this myself, but several others have asked about design and UI/UX fundamentals. There's a pretty beefy set of courses from Calarts available through Coursera if you're driven enough. https://www.coursera.org/specializations/ui-ux-design

It looks like it covers some really good ground, and I believe you can audit the classes for free (pay if you want certification and graded assignments). It looks like it covers a lot of great topics, and (at 4 hours a week) is 8 months worth of classes.

r/design_critiques • comment
2 points • Swisst

I haven't personally done it, but there is a UX/UI specialization course from Calarts on Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/ui-ux-design?

r/design_critiques • comment
1 points • Swisst

One thing I've recommended to people before (although I should note I don't have any experience with it myself) is that Coursera has a Design Specialization course from CalArts. It looks like it gives a great overview of design. You can pay to do peer-reviewed work and get a certificate at the end, but it's also free to audit the course if you don't want those things.

It's a 6-month thing at 4 hours a week. You're still young and can totally do something like this. If you have a good grasp of the programs I think this would be an excellent next step. It looks like it walks you through design basics, and gives you a foundation in typography, image-making, branding, as well as introducing you to the history of graphic design. Even though it might be tempting, do not skip the history of graphic design.

It might also be worth noting that CalArts also offers a UI/UX course as well.

r/UXDesign • comment
1 points • anupulu
r/userexperience • comment
2 points • luxuryUX

Degrees and certificates can be a measuring stick for knowing theory and bit of a CV boost when it comes to applying for internships and Jr positions, but ultimately your experience and portfolio artifacts are going to be what matters most in the eyes of majority hiring managers.


I wrote an article on the many affordable certificate options out there for little to no money.


The program you linked to costs $7,250. Pretty steep for content that is available online for way less.


This UX/UI program from CalArts is wayyyyyyy cheaper and looks like it is of the same standard of polish as the one you linked to.


Even this course will teach you the skills needed to be a great UI designer.


To be honest lots of schools, bootcamps, and other institutions are trying to cash in on the gold rush but all the info is out there and you can launch a career in this space without having to shell out a bunch of cash if you are dedicated and take the right approach.

r/userexperience • comment
2 points • luxuryUX

I'd stay away from bootcamps, to be honest.


Lots of better options out there that are more affordable https://uxplanet.org/inclusive-ux-education-designing-a-free-online-learning-curriculum-52154a188af3


Are you looking to get into a UX role or a UI role? The two are not one in the same.


If you are looking for a UX/UI role this course from CalArtsmight be worth checking out

r/web_design • comment
3 points • KeuriseuDotCom

You can start with a couple of general design books--The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman and Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug.

Next, you can check out a couple of specializations (course sequences) on Coursera--UI/UX Design from CalArts and User Interface Design from the University of Minnesota.

Hope that helps.

r/userexperience • post
1 points • barnaclem
UX/UI Specializations on Coursera


There are two certificate specializations on Coursera for UX/UI . One is through University of Michigan categorized under Computer Science on Coursera and the other is through California Institute of Art (Cal Arts) categorized under Arts and Humanities on Coursera. Which certificate would be more attractive to an employer? One is from a state university and the other is from an art school? I'm seeking some thoughts/opinions before I move forward with investing time and money on any courses. Appreciate any help!

r/UI_Design • post
1 points • danhoyuen
Animator looking into changing career into UI design. Can anyone give me inputs on which online course to take?

As the title says, I am an 2D game animator trying to make a career change (I am 34 years old) I don't have a formal education in design but do have a degree in applied arts, so I was hoping the transition to UI design would be easier than in that sense.

I found these 2 courses on coursera: User Interface Design Specialization UI / UX Design Specialization

As complete novice, would anyone recommend these courses? which one? They are quite affordable and I do have lots of extra time on my hand and I am confident in my ability to learn. (building a portfolio is a priority because I currently live in HK and want to change my career asap) Does anyone have any suggestions for other online courses such as careerfoundry which are a bit more pricey?

r/web_design • comment
6 points • KeuriseuDotCom

The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett is really good for given a structured, foundational understanding of UX. You can download the second chapter for free on his website.

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman is basically an industry standard now when it comes to user-centered design. This is a broader conception of design, but it's applicable to UI/UX.

Don't Make Me Think, Revisited by Steve Krug is another in the essential reading category. If you just apply the title itself, you'll eliminate tons of frustration.

For graphic design, you can read The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams and Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton. There are of course tons of other decent books in the field if you search Amazon.

Calarts offers a specialization on Coursera for UI/UX Design and Graphic Design. I've completed several courses in the Graphic Design one. It's decent. And these can all be completed for free. (Look for the "course only" or "audit only" options as Coursera likes to make them hard to find sometimes.)

And don't over look your library or Archive.org as a potential resource. A lot of the books mentioned are either offered as physical books or they can be checked out online as ebooks.

r/userexperience • comment
1 points • luxuryUX

Are you looking to learn about UX Design or UI Design? The two are not one in the same.


Peep this article I wrote a while-back. Might be useful: https://uxplanet.org/inclusive-ux-education-designing-a-free-online-learning-curriculum-52154a188af3


If you are looking for a 'UX/UI' program to teach you the basics from a reputable school check out this online specialisation from Calarts

r/userexperience • comment
1 points • luxuryUX

Here are some more affordable alternatives:



From the looks of it the certificate program is very visual based. If you are looking to get a certificate for a UX role that leans more to the visual side of things it might be worth checking out this UX/UI Certificate Program From CalArts. Looks way more affordable as well

r/technicalwriting • comment
1 points • fozzibab

Sorry I completely forgot to respond to this.

In my experience Tech Writing has basically two branching tracks for advancement into higher-paying positions. One is the engineering route, where you're expected to have a CS degree and deep knowledge of various programming languages for developer and API documentation. The other is the "creative" route which eventually leads to UI/UX design/writing. Unfortunately my understanding of coding languages pretty much ends at CSS. I've tried learning Python and Javascript, but I just don't have the brain and/or patience for it. I have a background in design principles already, so UX makes the most sense for me.

So of those two branches, I'd say the developer/API route requires much more "technical" knowledge than the UX rote.

I'm using various online resources to expand my UX background, and I'm about to start a Coursera UX course, as well, which will cost me a few hundred bucks but should be worth it. Here's some links:

https://uxwriterscollective.com/ https://www.coursera.org/specializations/ui-ux-design https://www.coursera.org/learn/ux-design-fundamentals https://www.coursera.org/learn/ux-design-concept-wireframe

There are other options besides Coursera, of course (zing!), but you may find what you need through youtube alone. Depends what you feel you need, I guess.

r/IWantToLearn • comment
4 points • saibhaskardevatha

To master any skill, One should follow these three steps: Know, Learn, Practise.

Know - Read articles and blogs from industry experts, know the terminology, tools used.

Learn - Once you know the ABC's of the skill, find one course or a book for learning required tool.

Practice - We can't master anything till we get our hands dirty. Find inspiration from online and start working on it.


Some links which might be helpful to you.
K - Lyman's Guide to UI/UX, Intro to UI/UX, About UI, About UX, and you can find many on Medium.

L - User Experience (UX) Design, Design Thinking, User Interface (UI) Design, UI and UX from Scratch, Adobe XD, and you can find many courses in Lynda(Paid).

P - Behance and Dribbble are the best places for finding inspiration for your next project.


Hope this helps! All the best exploring!

r/webdev • comment
1 points • AgentXTree

>good eye for website design

Let me save you from this idea. Design is not about aesthetics. Design is about problem-solving.

Web designers place too much emphasis on aesthetics. They play a fairly diminished role overall. That's not to say that problems are never solved by aesthetics (e.g., luxury brands), but most of the time they're simply not that important beyond "good enough" (i.e., simple, clean, and stays out of the way of the user completing tasks).

That said, here are some resources.

Design Disciplines

  • BOOK: The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett. This particular books provides an excellent framework for thinking about websites. It specifically focuses on UX Design. It's one of the most important books that I've read.
  • BOOK: Graphic Design Thinking by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. This teaches you Design Thinking and Graphic Design concurrently.
  • BOOK: Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Eupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. By the duo above, a basic introduction to graphic design.
  • BOOK: The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams. This is great book on basic Graphic Design.
  • BOOK: Design: A Very Short Introduction by John Heskett. A good introduction to Design as a broader discipline. It's good for helping understanding that design is much more than aesthetics.
  • BOOK: Typography Workbook by Timothy Samara. One of the best books on typography that I've come across.
  • BOOK: The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman. Considered by many to be one of the key texts for designers, across all disciplines, to read. It promotes a user-centered design approach.
  • COURSE: Graphic Design Specialization on Coursera.
  • COURSE: Interaction Design Specialization on Coursera.
  • COURSE: UI/UX Design Specialization on Coursera.
  • WEBSITE: Smashing Magazine. Great resources on web design in general.
  • WEBSITE: A List Apart. While I don't see it recommended much anymore, they were the one who popularized responsive design.
  • WEBSITE: Nielsen-Norman Group. They place a strong emphasis on user-centered design. The Norman in the name is Donald Norman from above.

Communication (Soft Skills)

  • BOOK: Writing for Multimedia and the Web by Timothy Garrand. Writing is one of the most important tools we can developed. That's because communication is so fundamental to everything we do.

Business (Soft Skills)

  • BOOK: Value-Based Fees by Alan Weiss. This is primarily about how to price services based on value rather than time and other approaches. You'll find that value is a fundamental concept in business, so it's helpful to be business savvy even if you're not on the business side of things.
  • BOOK: Jobs to Be Done by Stephen Wunker and Jessica Wattman. This book is focused on marketing, particularly knowing your customers, but the jobs-to-be-done concept is actually quite helpful in a design context (e.g., What are your users trying to get done on your website?).
  • COURSE: Digital Marketing Specialization on Coursera.