Foundations of User Experience

UI / UX Design Certificate Training Program

Foundations of User Experience is an introductory program for individuals looking to train for or transition to the field of UX. Throughout the six sections of the course you will learn the basics of user experience from industry experts while building an online portfolio to help you gain experience and land your first job in UX.

Foundations of User Experience is a self-paced online course for individuals looking to transition to the field of UX. The course is broken into six sections (Introduction to User Experience, UX Research and Discovery, Human-Centered Design, Collaborative Communication, Iterative Process, and Landing your First UX Job). Each section consists of content (readings and lecture videos), assignments, and assessments to help you achieve the corresponding objectives. By the end of the course, you will be able to confidently interview for an entry- level UX job and present your portfolio of work to support your experience.


Approximately 6 months
(5-10 hrs / wk)

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By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define and use the appropriate vocabulary of UX
  • Follow the process to complete a UX project
  • Conduct user research to write user profiles
  • Design with a human centered approach
  • Wireframe and prototype a UX project using tools common in the industry
  • Interview for an entry level UX job confidently with your portfolio of work to support your experience

At the end of this program, participants will have a solid foundation on the basics of user experience. Going through this course, participants will gain hands-on experience with feedback from an instructor. By the end of the course, participants will have updated their resume and created a UX online portfolio with artifacts developed from the course.

Joe Payne

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Joe is a designer and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in brand, UX, and experience design. He has a BFA in graphic design from Arkansas Tech University, and has served professionally as a design and operations leader at technology agencies working with Fortune 100 clients. He co-founded Moxy Ox—a Northwest Arkansas-local print and brand agency—in 2012 before taking a position as Creative Director at SVI, and eventually RevUnit where he served in roles like VP of Design and COO. Currently, Joe is the CEO and co-founder of Society of the Hourglass—a web3 entertainment brand—and a partner at Gravity Turn, which is stealth building an augmented reality mobile blockchain game.