Google UX Design Professional Certificate

Prepare for a career in the high-growth field of UX design- no experience or degree required.


User experience (UX) designers focus on user interactions with products like websites, apps, and physical objects. They make everyday things useful, enjoyable, and accessible. With professional training designed by Google, get on the fast-track to a competitively paid job. 

 

You will create designs on paper and in digital design tools like Figma and Adobe XD. By the end of the certificate program, you will have a professional UX portfolio that includes three end-to-end projects, so that you’re ready to apply for jobs. Upon completion, you can directly apply for jobs with Google and over 130 U.S. employers.

 

Next Session Begins May 23, 2022

There are seven required courses in this Professional Certificate.

 

Course 1: Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design

Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design is the first of a series of seven courses that will equip you with the skills needed to apply to entry-level jobs in user experience design. UX designers focus on the interactions that people have with products like websites, mobile apps, and physical objects. UX designers make those everyday interactions usable, enjoyable, and accessible. The role of an entry-level UX designer might include empathizing with users, defining their pain points, coming up with ideas for design solutions, creating wireframes, prototypes, and mockups, and testing designs to get feedback. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the field of UX and explain why it’s important for consumers and businesses.
  • Understand foundational concepts in UX design, such as user-centered design, the design process, accessibility, and equity-focused design.
  • Identify the factors that contribute to great user experience design.
  • Review common job responsibilities of entry-level UX designers and teams that they work with.
  • Explore job opportunities and career paths within the field of user experience.
  • Explain why design sprints are an important and useful part of a UX designer’s work.
  • Start to create an online portfolio where you can showcase your upcoming work.
  • Join and participate in online UX communities.

Course 2: Start the UX Design Process: Empathize, Define, and Ideate

Start the UX design process: Empathize, Define, Ideate is the second course in a certificate program that will equip you with the skills needed to apply to entry-level jobs in user experience (UX) design. In this course, you’ll complete the first phases of the design process for a project that you’ll be able to include in your portfolio. You will learn how to empathize with users and understand their pain points, define user needs using problem statements, and come up with lots of ideas for solutions to those user problems. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe common UX research methods.
  • Empathize with users to understand their needs and pain points.
  • Create empathy maps, personas, user stories, and user journey maps to understand user needs.
  • Develop problem statements to define user needs.
  • Generate ideas for possible solutions to user problems.
  • Conduct competitive audits.
  • Identify and account for biases in UX research.
  • Start designing a mobile app, a new project to include in your professional UX portfolio.

Course 3: Build Wireframes and Low-Fidelity Prototypes

Build Wireframes and Low-Fidelity Prototypes is the third course in a certificate program that will equip you with the skills you need to apply to entry-level jobs in user experience (UX) design. In this course, you’ll continue to design a mobile app for your professional UX portfolio. You’ll start by creating storyboards and getting familiar with the basics of drawing. Then, you'll create paper wireframes and digital wireframes using the design tool Figma. You’ll also create a paper prototype and a digital low-fidelity prototype in Figma. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a goal statement.
  • Create two types of storyboards: big picture and close-up.
  • Understand the difference between low-fidelity and high-fidelity design.
  • Apply the basics of drawing.
  • Apply the principles of information architecture to organize a mobile app.
  • Create paper wireframes for a mobile app design. - Develop digital wireframes in the design tool Figma.
  • Build a paper prototype to add interactivity to designs.
  • Design a low-fidelity prototype in Figma.
  • Recognize implicit bias and deceptive patterns in design.
  • Continue to design a mobile app to include in your professional portfolio.

Course 4: Conduct UX Research and Test Early Concepts

Conduct UX Research and Test Early Concepts is the fourth course in a certificate program that will equip you with the skills you need to apply to entry-level jobs in user experience (UX) design. In this course, you will learn how to plan and conduct a usability study to gather feedback about designs. Then, you will modify your low-fidelity designs based on insights from your research. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan a UX research study, including the project background, research goals, research questions, Key Performance Indicators, methodology, participants, and script.
  • Explain the importance of respecting privacy and user data.
  • Conduct a moderated and unmoderated usability study.
  • Take notes during a usability study.
  • Create affinity diagrams to group and analyze data.
  • Synthesize observations from research and come up with insights.
  • Develop persuasive presentation skills to share research insights.
  • Modify low-fidelity designs based on research insights.
  • Continue to design a mobile app to include in your professional portfolio.

Course 5: Create High-Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma

Create High-Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma is the fifth course in a certificate program that will equip you with the skills you need to apply to entry-level jobs in user experience (UX) design. In this course, you will follow step-by-step tutorials to learn how to create high-fidelity designs, called mockups, in Figma, a popular design tool. Then, you’ll turn those designs into an interactive prototype that works like a finished product. You’ll conduct research to collect feedback about your designs and make improvements. Finally, you’ll learn how to share your designs with development teams and highlight your work in your professional UX portfolio. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Build mockups and high-fidelity prototypes in Figma.
  • Define and apply common visual design elements and principles.
  • Demonstrate how design systems can be used to organize, standardize, and enhance designs.
  • Understand the role of design critique sessions and feedback while iterating on designs.
  • Learn how to hand off finished design projects to engineering teams.
  • Complete mobile app designs to include in a professional UX portfolio.

Course 6: Responsive Web Design in Adobe XD

Responsive Web Design in Adobe XD is the sixth course in a program that will equip you with the skills you need to apply to entry-level jobs in user experience (UX) design. In this course, you will design a responsive website using Adobe XD, a popular design tool. You will complete the design process from beginning to end: empathizing with users, defining their pain points, coming up with ideas for design solutions, creating wireframes and prototypes, and testing designs to get feedback. By the end of this course, you will have a new design project to include in your professional UX portfolio.

 

In addition, you’ll learn how to search for entry-level UX design jobs, create a resume that highlights your skills and accomplishments, and build your professional portfolio website. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply each step of the UX design process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) to create a responsive website.
  • Develop designs in a popular design tool, Adobe XD.
  • Plan information architecture and create sitemaps for website designs.
  • Apply common layouts for web pages.
  • Plan and conduct a usability study to gather feedback about designs.
  • Iterate on designs based on research insights.
  • Work with design systems in Adobe XD.
  • Add a new design project to your professional UX portfolio.

Course 7: Design a User Experience for Social Good & Prepare for Jobs

Design a User Experience for Social Good and Prepare for Jobs is the seventh and final course in a program that will equip you with the skills you need to become an entry-level UX designer. In this course, you will design a dedicated mobile app and a responsive website focused on social good. You will showcase all that you’ve learned during the certificate program to complete the design process from beginning to end: empathizing with users, defining their pain points, coming up with ideas for design solutions, creating wireframes and prototypes, and testing designs to get feedback. By the end of this course, you will have a new cross-platform design project to include in your professional UX portfolio.

 

This course will also prepare you to land your first job as a UX designer. You’ll learn how to interview for entry-level UX design positions. You’ll get tips from Googlers based on their own interview experiences and their unique perspectives as hiring managers. And, you’ll polish the professional UX portfolio you’ve been building throughout the program so that it’s ready for job applications. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply each step of the UX design process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) to create designs focused on social good.
  • Identify the differences between dedicated mobile apps and responsive web apps.
  • Understand progressive enhancement and graceful degradation approaches for designing across devices.
  • Build wireframes, mockups, and low-fidelity and high-fidelity prototypes in Figma or Adobe XD.
  • Add a new design project to your professional UX portfolio.
  • Prepare your portfolio of design work for job applications.
  • Interview for an entry-level UX design job.
  • Determine if freelance design work is a good career fit for you.

 

Complete the certificate in 5 - 6 months, working at your own pace at approximately 9 hours per week.

 

A Google UX Design Professional Certificate and badge will be issued by Coursera upon successfully completing all the required coursework of this non-credit bearing professional certificate.

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Registration Instructions

This is a professional certificate and is open to everyone. No minimum educational degree/background is required. 

To register, Create a Loras account and apply online. There is no application fee and you do not need to submit any transcripts.

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1. Create a Loras account

  • When first starting the application, select “Graduate and PCE Application” as the Application Type.
  • In the Student Profile section within the application itself, select Professional & Continuing Education as the Student Type, then select Coursera Professional Certificates as the Academic Program, then select your desired certificate from the dropdown menu:
    • Google IT Support
    • Google Project Management
    • Google UX Design
    • IBM Data Analyst
    • IBM Data Science
    • Meta Social Media Marketing
    • Salesforce Sales Development Representative
  • Please note that you do not have to upload anything to the Materials section of the application or submit any transcripts.

2. Start dates and application deadlines

  • Students may begin any of the certificate programs in either spring, summer, or fall. (The start dates align with the beginning of Loras’ spring, summer, and fall semesters each year. Please see the top of this webpage for the next upcoming start date).
  • Loras offers rolling admissions for this program, but the application should ideally be submitted at least one week prior to the start of your desired term.  

3. Enrollment process

  • After our receipt of your application, you will receive an email prompting you to log in to your Loras Applicant Status Portal to view your official acceptance information as well as details on how to make payment for the certificate.
  • Please note that payment is due in full before you may begin the program. (If your employer is paying for the certificate, please handle reimbursement with them directly). Federal financial aid is not available for this program. Students admitted into any of the Coursera Professional Certificate programs may receive a 100% payment refund up until two weeks (14 days) before the first day of the semester. Any payment received within two weeks of the start of the semester is non-refundable.
  • Once Loras receives full program payment, you will receive information on how to begin the coursework.

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