University of California, Los Angeles Certificate Program in User Experience

Academic
Times Top 100
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Founded in 1919, UCLA is the largest and most competitive institution in the University of California system. UCLA’s distinguished professors and faculty include Nobel Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and other prestigious academic organizations. In Westwood Village, one of the safest and most attractive neighborhoods in Los Angeles, you’re just a short bus ride from Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the beach.

Enjoy the laidback attitude and year-round climate of sunny Los Angeles

An iconic park-like campus of 12th-century Romanesque-style buildings

James Dean, Jim Morrison, Steve Martin, and Jackie Robinson: all UCLA alum

Advance your academic profile with a prestigious UCLA official transcript

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
2.85
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Sociology, Biological & Physical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance, Engineering, Music, Film & Performing Arts
Housing:
Off-campus apartment
Visa Required:
Maybe
Credits:
12 units

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About the University

University of California, Los Angeles

Founded in 1919, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has its home in Westwood Village, one of the safest and most attractive neighborhoods in Los Angeles and a short bus ride from Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the beach. The vibrant neighborhood has theaters, shops, markets, museums, and great restaurants frequented both by the student body and UCLA’s distinguished professors and faculty of Nobel Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and other prestigious academic organizations. 

Beyond Westwood Village, the city of Los Angeles is world-famous film and entertainment hub, abundant in movie studios and concert venues as well as its naturally stunning beaches, mountains, and deserts.

Learn more at University of California, Los Angeles' official website

Academics

University of California, Los Angeles' Academic Approach

Renowned for its globally ranked programs across disciplines, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the largest and most iconic of the 10 campuses in the UC system. 

Exceptional professors in all disciplines look to industry-leading research to craft classes with a strong emphasis on practical application to give you the knowledge and skills you need for a successful, impressive career.

You can build a schedule tailored to your interests and earn credit for your home university from exacting discipline-specific courses. If you want the challenge of attending a top-ranked American university, this is the study abroad experience for you.
 

Courses

What you can learn:

  • Information architecture principles, responsive design, mobile device-centric design; usability testing, analytics, and analysis
  • System and user interface design and the total spectrum of interface design standards, including e-commerce websites, service design, and physically based environments
  • Standard user experience design tools for design and interactive prototyping, including Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision, Principle, Axure, and more
  • Conduct user research, develop user personas and scenarios and satisfy the needs of multiple other project constituents, including clients and colleagues

Courses:

  • User Experience I: Survey
  • User Experience II: Iteration
  • User Experience III: Applied
  • User Experience IV: Capstone
  • 2 required Elective courses (Multiple Options)

A UCLA Extension certificate offers in-depth study of a professional field. The coursework, developed by academic and industry experts, balances theory and real-world practice, providing you the knowledge you need to transition from scholar to professional.

Over the course of the study,  you will:
Make lasting connections with faculty at one of the highest ranked public universities in the United States. You will have an opportunity to request recommendation letters from faculty members.

Advance your post-graduate profile through earning an official transcript/certificate from a prestigious university. UCLA extension certificate courses earn a standard UCLA transcript. 

Exclusive Benefits

  • Access to Handshake Handshake , UCLA Career Center’s online job board, with access to thousands of job and internship postings
  • Become a member of the UCLA Alumni Association     (upon completing your certificate) and gain access to a nationwide network of Bruin alumnus
  • PLUS, all UCLA Extension students have access to UCLA Extension’s Career Resources including online career coaching, workshops and networking events
  • Students who complete the full certificate become UCLA alumni which provides benefits for a lifetime

Prerequisites
Some courses may have prerequisites. Students should demonstrate verifiable courses they have taken in home universities to fulfill the prerequisite requirement. Students should not apply if they don’t meet the prerequisites.

 After they are admitted, students are required to file a petition to the certificate program academic department to waive the prerequisite (I will do it on behalf of students). This may require them to identify the similar courses they have taken and provide a course description if necessary. Program Specialist will be in touch with the country office with more details when filling the petition.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • Duolingo: 95
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • iTEP: 3.7
  • TOEFL iBT: 72
  • TOEFL ITP: 532
  • TOEFL PBT: 532
  • TOEIC R/L: 645 

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022 + Winter 2023

Program dates:
Late September - Mid March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
23,640

Summer 2022 + Fall 2022

Program dates:
Mid June - Early December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
15,700

Summer 2022

Program dates:
Mid June - Late August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
10,960

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Late September - Early December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
14,975

Housing Information

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Off-campus apartment

Your SAF program fee covers a twin bedroom with a shared bathroom in an Zuma apartment about a mile off-campus. These beautiful residences have a cozy at-home feel with elegant furnishings, ample social space, and impressive shared self-catering kitchens.

If self-catering does not appeal, you can buy a meal plan additional to your SAF program fee. You can stay in the apartment during the break but there’s no early arrival provision in the fee. Female-only housing with a meal plan included is available at AEPhi.

About Los Angeles

Why Los Angeles

A world-famous film and entertainment hub, the fantastically diverse Los Angeles is abundant in movie studios and concert venues as well as naturally stunning beaches, mountains, and deserts. Its sunny year-round climate beckons you to explore its large Asian communities, Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and all the beaches of the second largest city in the US.

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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