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UX Design

Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts degree in UX Design (UX Design, AA) prepares students for entry-level positions in the field and/or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a similar 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 designers 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 app design and development and may be prepared for employment as a: Front-end Web Developer or Designer, Multimedia Artist, App Developer, UX/UI Designer, Graphic Designer, Interactive Media Designer, Digital and Social Marketer, and Visual Designer.

Major Core Requirements (27 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
GDES001Adobe Creative Apps for Graphic Design3 units
GDES002History of Media and Communication3 units
GDES003Introduction to Graphic Design3 units
GDES004Visual Design Practice4 units
GDES008Photoshop for Designers3 units
GDES020AUX Design 14 units
GDES020BUX Design 24 units
GDES025Portfolio Development3 units

Major Electives (8 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
GDES007Digital Illustration: Illustrator4 units
GDES011Blogs and Site Development: WordPress1 unit
GDES012AIntroduction to Internet Marketing1 unit
GDES012BSocial Media Marketing1 unit
GDES021AWeb Development 14 units
GDES021BWeb Development 24 units
GDES023Introduction to App Design4 units
ARTS031ABeginning Drawing 3 units

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 digital products and printed material
  • 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.
  • Create digital product prototypes that can be tested by users.
Last Updated 7/19/23