User Experience (UX) Design Certificate

Learn how to create interactive digital products that people love and want to use.

This full-time intensive program focuses on equipping students with the fundamentals of user experience (UX) design for digital products and services. Grounded in a human-centered approach, students will develop theoretical, technical, and applied skills in UX design while gaining hands-on experience in real world case studies, app design and prototyping, digital interface design, and basic coding and programming for the web.

Developed in consultation with industry professionals, this program features current trends and innovations in user experience design. Research, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration are emphasized throughout. Students develop a professional portfolio and complete the program with a range of in-demand skills that employers are looking for.

Graduates join a thriving community of ECU alum with access to a robust professional network and mentoring opportunities.

Program Length

The User Experience (UX) Design Certificate is an 8-month full-time intensive program with intakes in September and April each year. The program offers 4 hours of in-class time, 5 days a week, for a total of 8 months (32 weeks).

September cohorts are in class Monday to Friday 1:30pm-5:30pm PST

April cohorts are in class Monday to Friday 8:30am-12:30pm PST

Apply to the Program

Applications for September 2022 & April 2023 are now open!

Applicants do not require previous experience of knowledge of design, coding or UX. However, basic knowledge of Adobe CC software and tools (including Photoshop, Illustrator) is required. For more information about Continuing Studies courses available to help you prepare for the program, please contact

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Application Deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot.

April 2022 Program Start

  • November 15 - Early Deadline*
  • January 15 - Final Deadline

September 2022 Program Start

  • April 15 - Early Deadline *
  • June 15 - Final Deadline

*Students who intend to apply for funding:
depending on the funding agency, applications may take several weeks to process and approve, so we recommend you apply by the early deadline.

*International students:
applications for study permits may take up to 12 months, so we recommend you apply by the early deadline.

For a detailed overview of program including curricula, courses, learning outcomes and more, view our Program Handbook.
For a step-by-step application guide, view our Student Application Guide.

Tuition + Fees

Fees 2022DomesticInternational
Deposit (non-refundable)$1,000.00$1,000.00
Tuition (Term 1)$4,449.00$7,150.00
Tuition (Term 2)$4,449.00$7,150.00

Fees 2023DomesticInternational
Deposit (non-refundable)
Tuition (Term 1)
Tuition (Term 2)

Materials + Supplies

Required: Computer
This program requires access to a computer that can run Adobe CC software.
Online Learning:
students are required to have access to a dedicated computer (desktop or laptop).
On-campus Learning:
students are required to bring a laptop to class.

Additional Supplies
Students should budget approximately $200 for general supplies (office supplies, post-it notes), purchasing website domain(s) and hosting services, and software or app fees. Note that each student will be provided a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for the duration of the program.

Financial Aid

The User Experience Design Certificate Program is eligible for funding via:

Our Students

The User Experience Design Certificate Program is ideal for students interested in understanding, influencing and enhancing user experience of digital products and services, including web and native applications. Our students come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds, from graphic design and illustration, to business management and accounting, to health and natural sciences, to data management and computer science. The User Experience (UX) Design Certificate is geared towards all learners, regardless of experience or skill.

Come explore and develop your passion for technology and digital transformation, research, collaboration, and working in the realm of possibility. Join our learning community to launch, grow, or pivot your personal and professional path.


Program Information

Q: What is the difference between the User Experience (UX) Design Certificate Program and a Bachelor Degree in Interaction Design?
Q: What are some of the unique features of the User Experience (UX) Design Certificate program?
Q: I have never used Adobe CC or any other design tools or software. Am I still eligible to apply?
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Applicants + Students

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Funding + Financial Aid

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Study Permits

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Q: As an International Student, can I apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit?

Review Process

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