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



Instructor Preston McCauley

Preston McCauley

Preston McCauley's distinguished career spans 20 years in the UX industry, affording him with unique industry knowledge and skill to bring a product through the entire life cycle. Preston’s insights identify problems and opportunities to maximize successful implementation. An active industry leader in the Dallas-Fort Worth User Experience Professional Association (UXPA), Preston is a frequent featured speaker at events and group meetups and a dedicated mentor to peers and rising UX professionals. Preston's specialties include business UX strategy, UX ideation, UX architecting, mobile design and more – he prides himself on keeping a daily pulse on the UX design world like no one else.

User Experience Design and Process Strategy

UX Principles & Concepts in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Holograms

Elisa Kaplan Miller

Elisa Kaplan Miller is an enterprise UX thought leader who focuses on Agile/SAFe integration and other issues in the enterprise software development arena. A long-time user advocate and audience detective, she is a passionate user experience architect and user research specialist. Her broad experience includes user experience research, content strategy, information architecture, and technical training across a variety of disciplines including banking/finance, healthcare, energy, semiconductors and high tech. Elisa integrates her strategic approach with a business perspective and draws unique connections between business, marketing and technology.

Usability Testing

Design for Accessibility

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Crispin Reedy

Crispin Reedy is a Voice User Experience designer and usability professional with over 10 years of front-line design, speech usability, and tuning experience across a variety of industries, including financial, telecommunications, health care and transportation. She is interested helping teams make excellent design decisions and how we can best leverage real-world data to achieve those goals. Crispin speaks at a number of professional conferences and events, and she currently serves as President of the Association for Voice Interaction Design.

Experience Design & Branding on Voice-Enabled Devices


Instructor J Schuh

J Schuh

J Schuh is an Adobe Community Professional with a passion for teaching creativity and Adobe products. In addition to SMU, he is an adjunct professor at Collin College and Texas A&M Commerce. J is an award-winning animator, cartoonist, designer and motion graphics artist who has 20 years of experience developing compelling interactive design and video content for Fortune 500 companies. He is national conference speaker and the co-author of BRILLIANCE: Understanding the Creative Mind

Introduction to User Experience Design

Hands-on Design Thinking

Designing a Killer UX Portfolio to Get You Hired

Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan is a recognized leader with more than 25 years of experience. Brian performs design research and usability testing at the Sabre Human Factors Center for with clients including United Airlines, Four Seasons Hotels, American Airlines, Mandarin Oriental, Trip Case, and many more. He is the President of DFW-UXPA and the founder of the nationally renowned Big (D)esign Conference, which attracts over 1,000 people each year to learn about content strategy, design, usability, app development, film design, accessibility and gaming. Brian frequently speaks at industry events and has published more than 500 blog articles. He is the author of The Design Studio Method (2015), a book on sketching user experiences.

User Research and User-Centered Analysis

Designing a Killer UX Portfolio to Get You Hired

Brandon Ward

Brandon’s passion for experience and service design combines a background in the arts and an interest in interactive media on mobile, the web and video games. He currently serves as Director of User Experience at Precocity. An artsy kid with bachelor's degrees in vocal performance, music theory and acting, Brandon now enjoys leading teams to create user-friendly solutions to help people. He has developed a particular talent for bridging the gaps between development, design, business, and the customer.

Experience and Service Design