Certificate in User Experience (UX) Design

Program Overview | Available Sessions | Program Policies

Fall 2020


$4,396.00 (CAD)

Created in collaboration with industry leaders, the 4 course Certificate in User Experience (UX) Design combines all the benefits of a part-time schedule with the deep learning of a comprehensive curriculum. You’ll balance online study with in-class interactive sessions, giving you the chance to balance your commitments while gaining a solid understanding of design thinking as it relates to UX. Under the expert guidance of leaders in the field, you’ll have the chance to practice the core job skills top employers demand when hiring UX Designers, like logical problem solving, research skills and active communication. You’ll also build meaningful relationshipswith your peers over the course of the program, enhancing your learning.

CSUE1000 Fundamentals of UX Design

Learn the tools, practices and disciplines involved in the practice and theory of user experience design (UX Design). UX Design is the theory and practice of designing an emergent experience by carefully selecting and synchronizing intersection points between a human experiencer and a technological system. Get an overview of the wide range of disciplines involved in the theory and practices of user experience design and learn to explain their interactions. Gain foundational knowledge required to successfully complete the remaining three practical courses in the program.
From 20-Sep-2020 to 15-Nov-2020
Live online classes: Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:00AM - 6:00PM and Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:00AM - 5:00PM
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CSUE1010 UX Design Research

Learn how to conduct, synthesize, and share qualitative research with design and product teams. Tackle the differences between quantitative and qualitative research and cover a variety of common research methods used within product and agency environments. Gain hands-on experience writing research plans, discussion guides, and conducting user interviews. In addition, learn how to synthesize these findings, and develop themes and strategic direction that emerge from the data and practice sharing these findings in a written and oral format.
From 16-Nov-2020 to 24-Jan-2021
Live online classes: Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:00AM - 5:00PM and Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:00AM - 5:00PM
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CSUE1020 Visual Design, Wireframing and Prototyping

Gain an understanding of the full spectrum of creating various wireframe fidelities, mocks and design validating artifacts. Using a collaborative approach, practice how to translate ideas and preliminary concepts into meaningful user interfaces to support business goals and user needs. Learn the fundamental principles and theories and gain hands-on experience with industry standards for visual design, interactive design, and usability testing methodologies. Learn techniques on how to get participants’ feedback from prototyping to develop and leverage design solutions according to insights and collected data. Lastly, learn design systems and establish a strategy by cataloging design assets/components into a universal ecosystem.
From 25-Jan-2021 to 21-Mar-2021
Live online classes: Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:00AM - 5:00PM and Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:00AM - 5:00PM
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CSUE1030 Applied UX Design

Investigate the practical aspects of innovation and how design tools and methods can be used to deploy a viable product/solution. Design processes and techniques will be put into practice through various applied projects. Present your design concepts verbally as well as visually at a professional level. Evaluate a product for customer insights, mechanical UX features, marketing context, and design aesthetics and present new concepts as realized through the design/innovation process. A final presentation will be made representing a high level of professional finish, including but not limited to drawings, marketing materials, sketch models, and finished solutions for a real-life industry partner.
From 22-Mar-2021 to 16-May-2021
Live online classes: Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:00AM - 5:00PM and Sun May 16, 2021 9:00AM - 5:00PM
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School Policies


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Confidentiality and Financial Security

Given the experiential and practical nature of the courses and the application of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to York University, The School of Continuing Studies works to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will limit the amount of personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information (including proper name, address, etc.) is omitted from all written documents in order to protect personal privacy and confidentiality. Instructors should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class or allow students to do so.

We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

How to Register

All registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not guaranteed and programs can reach its maximum enrolment capacity, so early registration is recommended.

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, instructors and course dates/locations.

Online – Visit our website at continue.yorku.ca to register in any course or program offered by the School of Continuing Studies.

Mailing Address and Changes in Personal Status

All correspondence, including your registration confirmation, grade report and refund cheque, will be sent to the email address provided at the time of registration.
To maintain accurate student records, notification of any changes to your name, address and contact information are required. To update your personal information:

  • Log in to the Student Portal with your student ID and password and update your personal information OR
  • go online to Contact Us and email all changesOR
  • submit a written request to the Registration and Student Records Coordinator at regscs@yorku.ca

All name-change requests must be accompanied by official documentation justifying such a change.

We will not accept telephone requests to change a name or address.

Education and Amount Certificates (Income Tax Receipts) (T2202A)

Income Tax receipts will be available online in February of the following year. Please refer to the income tax guide for allowable deductions.

Session Transfer

Students must contact the Program Manager for permission to transfer to another session.

Transfer requests are only granted for documented medical reasons. Please contact the program manager for information on the required documentation.

Notification of change or cancellation of classes

When necessary, the School of Continuing Studies may alter, postpone or cancel classes. In these instances, students will be notified by email, based on the information provided at the time of registration.
Cancellations or changes will also be posted on the School of Continuing Studies Twitter account.

Cancellation of courses/programs – Fee Refunds

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses. Should a course or program be withdrawn or cancelled, the School will issue a full refund of fees paid.

University Policy on Student Conduct

Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect, and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;

It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom, and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,

The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class, and may, at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.

In any case where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the Program Manager for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/


Students registered in certificate programs will be evaluated using the following categories of achievement:

Grade Grade Point Per Cent Range Description
A+ 9 90-100 Exceptional
A 8 80-89 Excellent
B+ 7 75-79 Very Good
B 6 70-74 Good
C+ 5 65-69 Competent
C 4 60-64 Fairly Competent
D+ 3 55-59 Passing
D 2 50-54 Marginally Passing
E 1 (marginally below 50%) Marginally Failing
F 0 (below 50%) Failing

all of the above-noted grades are used to calculate averages and credits.

Definitions of Grading Descriptions

A+ Exceptional. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

A Excellent. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

B+ Very Good. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

B Good. Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

C+ Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

C Fairly Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

D+ Passing. Slightly better than minimal knowledge of required concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

D Barely Passing. Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

E Marginally Failing.

F Failing.

Students must achieve a passing grade in each course as they progress through the program. In the event that a student does not receive a passing grade, they must retake that course in the following session—and subsequently pass that course—before proceeding to successive courses.

Grade Appeal and Reappraisal and Petitions

Students may, with sufficient grounds, request a reappraisal of any “tangible” work required for a course/program. Tangible work may include written, graphic, digitized, modelled, video recording or audio recording formats. Students seeking a grade reappraisal must complete and submit the attached form, along with the original work and instructions for the assignment, to the Program Manager within 2 weeks of the date of issue of the letter of grade.
Students and instructors will be informed in writing of the reappraisal result and the reappraiser’s comments. The School of Continuing Studies will ensure the anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser.

Download a Grade Reappraisal form

Financial Petitions

You may submit a financial petition if you experience a serious documented medical illness or a death of an immediate family member that causes you to drop courses. Financial petitions may be granted at the discretion of the University, and will be considered for a period of one year after the occurrence of the illness or death.

The Financial Petition form is located here: http://sfs.yorku.ca/refunds/petitions/

Please complete the form and return it via email cpehelp@yorku.ca or via fax at 416-650-8042.


$4,396.00 (CAD)