User Experience Design Certificate

Learn the tools, techniques and principles of UX Design from industry experts

Program Fast Facts

  • Start date: October 1, 2024
  • Tuesdays
    6 – 9 p.m. CDT
  • On Campus
  • 6 months
  • 3,695 Priority Tuition
    (expires 9/17/24)
    $3,945 Standard Tuition


The SMU UX Design Certificate consists of four required courses and two electives.

Required Courses

Introduction to User Experience

Get up to speed fast on User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design.

User Research and User-Centered Analysis

Learn best practices in conducting user research and why it is the bedrock to any UX project.

User Experience Design and Process Strategy

Learn and practice constructing a base UX process model, to help you create strong user-connected experiences.

Usability Testing

Learn every phase of usability testing from planning to execution and how to best report your results.

Elective Courses

Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Explore key concepts of accessibility and how they apply to UX design to make your work more usable for everyone.

AI-Enhanced Workflows

Learn how to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your creative and business work processes. 

Customer Journey Mapping

Learn how to use the journey mapping process to address issues and maximize opportunities to delight your customers.

Design Principles in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Holograms

Learn how to create a virtual environment using the latest web XR technologies for VR.

Experience and Service Design

Investigate processes, methods and tools you will need to design effective end-to-end customer experiences at your organization.

Hands-On Design Thinking

Practice key Design Thinking principles as you learn-by-doing in this interactive course.

Designing a Killer UX Portfolio to Get You Hired

Prepare for your next career move by developing your UX portfolio and receiving real feedback from hiring managers and recruiters.

For an even more comprehensive learning experience, choose a third elective at a discounted rate. Contact a Program Advisor to discuss this option.


If required and elective courses are taken concurrently, the certificate can be completed in as little as six months. You will have 18 months from your first day of class to successfully complete the program. In the event that you experience personal or professional reasons which delay your completion of the program or fail to successfully pass required exams, see Certificate Completion Policies.


Student Success

"At first, the idea of working with real clients was really intimidating, but we were equipped with the right tools and resources, and it became one of the most rewarding assignments I have ever done. I thought that the one-day in-person workshop was the turning point of going from not-knowing/not confident to "I'm-really-excited-to-see-where-this-goes."

– Camille A., SMU User Experience Design Certificate student

Upcoming Start Dates

October 1

Tuesdays + one Saturday

6 – 9 p.m.

On campus

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