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UX and App Design

Associate in Arts Degree

The A.A. degree in UX and App Design prepares students for entry-level positions in the field and/or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a like discipline. Students learn foundation skills in strategic thinking, planning, iterative prototyping, and acquiring proficiency with the range of technology platforms used in interactive design. Students plan, develop, test, and market web and app design solutions with an emphasis on visual flow, functionality, and code using optimum parameters, accessibility standards, and user experience guidelines. In completing the program students will have an entry-level portfolio that can help them transition to doing an internship, freelance, or contract positions. The portfolio can also be tailored for applying to bachelor’s degree programs. In either a work or school scenario the portfolio is the aspiring designer’s professional tool for advancement. Students completing the degree have demonstrated skills in the design and development of digital products including: websites, smartphone and tablet apps, and digital interfaces. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for employment in web and app design and may be prepared for employment in: 1. Front end web developer or designer 2. Multimedia Artist 3. App Developer 4. User Interface Designer 5. User Experience Designer 6. Graphic Designer 7. Interactive Media Designer 8. Digital and Social Marketer 9. Visual Designer

Required Courses (28 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH051Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching3 units
DIGM002Introduction to Electronic Communication3 units
DIGM003Introduction to Graphic Design3 units
DIGM004Principles of Design4 units
DIGM020AInterface Design4 units
DIGM021AWeb Development 14 units
DIGM021MIntroduction to App Design4 units
DIGM086Portfolio Development3 units

Electives (7 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
DIGM001The Creative Suite for Graphic Designers3 units
DIGM011Blogs and Site Development: WordPress1 unit
DIGM014CDigital Illustration: Illustrator4 units
DIGM021BWeb Development 24 units
DIGM021XApplication Design and Development 24 units
DIGM022ADigital Video 14 units
DIGM025Introduction to Internet Marketing1 unit
DIGM025AAdvanced Internet Marketing1 unit
DIGM025BSocial Media Marketing1 unit

Total Major Units: 35 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Plan, develop, test and market web and app products
  • Follow standard user interface guidelines for accessible interfaces
  • Sketch wireframe drawings for interface elements and layout
  • Apply UX and UI standards to digital products
  • Apply programming languages to layout and user interactions for digital products
  • Create portfolios in alignment with professional and educational goals and identity.
Last Updated 10/14/22