UI/UX Design Certificate Program


All students who finish this program will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.

In this five-day intensive certificate program (held weekly on Sundays, 9am-5pm for 5 weeks), you will gain real-world skills and knowledge in all the key areas of UI/UX design. This class will focus on the user-centered design process with emphasis on user research, information architecture, interaction design, and usability testing. Students will work on a web or mobile project of their choice and will create artifacts including personas, user/task flows, sketches, and wireframes that can be added to a UX portfolio.

Program Description

Our UI/UX Design certificate program will assist you on your path to becoming a skilled and marketable user experience designer. UX is critical to the success of any website or mobile app and, in today's environment, often the key competitive advantage. As such, people with these skills are in high demand in a rapidly growing industry.

During this five-day course, you'll build your user experience skills through a combination of lectures, hands-on learning, and guided practice time, and apply those skills to the planning, design, and testing of your own in-class project.

Whether you're an aspiring UXer, a graphic designer looking to add UX skills, or a product manager, developer, or entrepreneur who would like to build better products, this course is the perfect introduction to practical, tactical UX.

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A love of design (not just making things pretty - although aesthetics are important - but making them functional). An interest in how people think, understand, and see. An appreciation for collaboration and a willingness to share peer design feedback.

We strongly recommend that you have a "basic" familiarity with Adobe Creative products and a UX prototyping tool (such as such as Sketch, Axure, or Balsamiq) which will be a great help in this class. You don't have to be an expert, but practicing with a prototyping tool ahead of time will allow you to more effectively create and present your design solutions during the course.

We also recommend taking Fundamentals of Web Design to understand the basics of web development and either Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop or Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator if you need more familiarity with a digital design program. We also offer "hands-on" versions of our Adobe courses if you want to get a more personal experience using and actively creating with the programs.

Though there will be ample practice time to begin designing and developing your own project during the course, coming prepared with a concept already in mind and any graphic and content material will really help you make the most of your time with us.

Program Goals

During this course, you will:

  • Learn how to think and solve problems like a UX designer.
  • Gain practical experience and skills in each phase of the UX design process.
  • Apply the UX design process to your own personal project and create project artifacts that can be added to your portfolio.
  • Collaborate with other students on projects like a real-world UX team.
  • Learn how to design a compelling resume and UX portfolio.
  • Learn about the UX profession and receive UX career coaching.

What this course WILL NOT cover:

  • Coding for the web or generating an actual website or mobile app.
  • Intermediate or advanced techniques in UX prototyping tools or Adobe products.

Equipment and Software Needed

For this class, it is strongly recommended that you bring your own computer with design software already installed.

Essential: Axure, Balsamiq, Sketch, or other UX prototyping tool

Also helpful: Adobe Photoshop CC

If you don't have a computer, we frequently have Apple iMac computers available for rent starting at $50 per day or $200 for the program. BDA staff will follow up with you after your register to reserve a computer for you if you need one. If you do rent one of our iMacs, please be sure to bring a Mac-compatible external hard drive or flash drive so you can transfer and save your work. All BDA iMacs are cleaned after each course is completed and we are not responsible for lost or deleted files you did not save and take with you.

Please note: If the computer requirement is a hardship for you, please let us know as we have a number of scholarships available for computer rentals.

After You Register

BDA is committed to making this process as smooth and enjoyable as possible so that you can focus on your learning. After you register you will be contacted by our staff who can answer questions and assist you with any logistical and travel concerns you might have.


5 consecutive Sundays from 9am to 5pm
(Please note: During winter, we strongly suggest reserving a SIXTH Sunday on your calendar which would be used as a make-up day in case of inclement weather.)

Week 1: Guiding Principles

  • Introductions and class project discussion
  • Defining "user experience" and the user-centered design process
  • UX design principles and best practices
  • Activity: Design studio workshop
  • Homework: Pick a project to work on and complete your Project Brief

Week 2: Getting to Know the UX Toolkit and Your Users

  • Review Project Briefs
  • Demystifying UX roles and deliverables
  • User Research fundamentals
  • Activity: Create 2-3 personas for your project
  • Review personas and exchange feedback

Week 3: Ready, Set, Design

  • Information Architecture fundamentals
  • Activity: Card sort
  • Interaction Design fundamentals
  • Activity: Collaboratively map user/task flows for each project
  • Activity: Sketch design ideas for your project

Week 4: Don't Forget to Test

  • Review sketches and exchange feedback
  • Wireframing and Prototyping - tools and techniques
  • Usability testing 101
  • Activity: Wireframe 2-3 key screens for your project*
  • Homework: Finish wireframe*
  • *Option to work privately at home or offsite for this afternoon - to be determined that afternoon, by class participants.

Week 5: Practice & Prep for the Real World

  • Activity: Present final projects
  • UX in the workplace
  • Collaborating with peers and communicating with stakeholders
  • Growing yourself and your UX career
  • Activity: Review students' resumes/portfolios and exchange feedback
  • Certificate presentation


Nathan ValderramaNathan started his career in UX over 12 years ago. Working within quick moving startups, technology agencies, fortune 500 IT departments, government, medical, ecommerce and classic design agencies, he has learned a valuable and diverse UX skillset. As an instructor at BDA, his goal is to arm students with the tools they need to go into the live market and feel confident and capable of handling UX workspaces and projects.


This certificate program will be held in the Boulder Digital Arts Boulder location classroom.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $1,299.00

Non-Members: $1,399.00

Available Dates

January 13 - February 10, 2019

In Boulder Location

Weekend Format Schedule

Complete Schedule:
Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 9am - 5pm

Can't make this time? Click here to follow this class to be notified via email next time we schedule additional dates.

July 14 - August 11, 2019

In Boulder Location

Weekend Format Schedule

Complete Schedule:
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM

Can't make this time? Click here to follow this class to be notified via email next time we schedule additional dates.

Customer Comments

Massive impact. Excellent use of time and money for me. Alyssa provided an incredibly useful mix of design principles, skills, and tricks in industry tools and industry insights.Jen
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Comments For: UI/UX Design Certificate Program

The instructor, Lisa Murnan, was great! She was well organized, prepared, and cared about the class. I enjoyed her interactive teaching style and overall positive energy.Jason on 8/16/2018
Lisa's teaching style and structure seemed to make this the most generous, interactive and collaborative experience. During five Sundays, I think (and am sure everyone in the class would agree) that we felt like a mini UI / UX collaborative team. In part, this was because Lisa encouraged us to work on and get feedback on individual projects (such as creating a new App, updating a website, etc). I just loved this class, and highly respect Lisa's organized but warm and generously open teaching style.Jenn Paul on 8/12/2017
I really enjoyed this class and would recommend it for anyone that wants a solid understanding of what UX is, a tool box new skills, and an awesome portfolio piece!Brooke on 11/22/2015
Getting hands-on working on projects valuable, and feedback from instructor and class was valuable.Sui on 9/12/2014
I learned a TON and feel much more up to date after this class. The instructor not only knows the information but the culture around it that also applies which sparks interesting and informational conversations.carol on 7/9/2014
Very valuable workshop, "I came in with no technical background...and the teacher was effectively to communicate on my level so I was able to get the most value out of the class and workshop."anonymous on 6/10/2014
Taught me the groundwork/starting point to bring the UX experience and grow into my workplace.anonymous on 6/6/2014
I feel much more educated on and have a much better understanding of UX. Very inspirational and thorough.John on 6/6/2014
Excellent, learned a great deal...helped tremendously with an UX interview...anonymous on 5/21/2014
A ton of value! Instructor was great at engaging the class and peoples strengths...Drini was great about being an open book with all his experience and knowledge...Jamie on 5/21/2014
...learned alot Drini kept class engaged...and helped us connect!Eliza on 2/21/2014
Drini was the best instructor i've had @BDA, his ability to create space is a unique talent.Jill M on 2/21/2014
Very practical introduction to field by amazingly illuminating and inspirational instructor...one of the best instructors I've ever had the privilege to learn from.Daniel on 2/21/2014
This was incredible totally exceeded my expectations!Lee on 2/21/2014
This was one of the best classes I have ever taken. Alyssa was very thorough in her coverage of the UI/UX Design process, including best practices. I feel like I got a full picture of what it takes to be an effective UI/UX Designer. Excellent class. It was worth every penny.Ann on 11/11/2013
The information offered in this course was comprehensive and the instructor was very knowledgeable and clear. I gained information that will make me competent in this field. Thank you!Catherine on 11/10/2013
Very practicalKay on 11/8/2013
Very valuable info that I can and will use.Brandon on 7/19/2013
I learned more than I anticipated!Inna on 7/19/2013
Massive impact. Excellent use of time and money for me. Alyssa provided an incredibly useful mix of design principles, skills, and tricks in industry tools and industry insights.Jen on 7/19/2013
Learned a lot, great teacher, great environment.Mehri on 7/19/2013
I learned so much and it made me want to go into UI/UX. Alyssa was great.Erin on 3/11/2013
I learned a lot of valuable things about the process.Danielle on 3/11/2013
Learning the processes was incredibly valuable.Lisa on 3/11/2013
[The class was a] good foundation on taking an idea through to development. Alyssa was knowledgeable, brings lots of industry experience, and was approachable.Mary on 3/11/2013
This was by far the best class I've taken at BDA. I learned so much.Ruth Roslyn on 11/2/2012
An excellent introduction to this field.Jim on 8/24/2012
[This class is] a priceless value on so many levels - I am sad it's over! Unbelievably wonderful instructor and human spirit - so positive, so curious, so open, and generous in teaching.Nadia Eve on 8/24/2012
This course contained a lot of great, detailed, and difficult to find information on an important and growing industry. The course was very well organized.Heather on 8/24/2012
Exactly what I was looking for. UX rules!Jennifer on 8/24/2012
A good mix of practical and theoretical skills. [The instructor] is a passionate expert with a great approach to motivating and teaching real hands-on skills!Diana on 8/24/2012
Super awesome value!Rafael on 8/24/2012

Optional Payment Plan for Certificate Programs:

We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our Certificate Programs. For classes that are $400 - $998, each of the two payments is simply 50% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. For classes that are $999+, each of the four payments is simply 25% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. BDA membership is required to obtain a payment plan. Click here to learn about membership. The first payment will be taken at the time of registration and the remaining payments are paid once a month for the following three months. Details the payment amounts for this particular program are listed in the table below.

It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the class you wish to attend (info@boulderdigitalarts.com) and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.


Payment Program Details

  Payment Amount
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
Payment 3
Due two months after registration.
Payment 4
Due three months after registration.
Note: you must be a BDA member to take advantage of our payment plans. Registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for any early registration discounts and always pay the standard registration fee ($1,299.00).


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