Bachelor of Science User Experience Design

The BS in User Experience Design (UxD) degree is an interdisciplinary, hands-on program that integrates creative and technical disciplines such as graphic design, human-computer interaction, and information technology. Students in the UxD program prepare to work in the expanding fields of user-experience design, interaction design, and social computing by developing their skills as designers, coders, and user researchers. In project-based, collaborative courses, students learn a user-centered software development process to conceptualize, design, build, and conduct research on interactive systems such as web and mobile applications. Students also learn to incorporate social media and social computing into interactive applications.

For international students: this is a STEM-designated program.

Degree Requirements

Career Options

Graduates of the UxD degree will be able to begin career paths in roles such as User Interface (UI) Designer, User Experience (UX) Designer, User Researcher, Social Media Strategist, Software Engineer, Web Developer, and Mobile Web Application Developer. They may find careers in a variety of industries, such as software development, marketing, publishing, healthcare, and education.

Inside UX Design

  • LeAnne Wagner

    LeAnne is an experience designer who focuses on emerging user interfaces and digital fabrication. She brings a diverse background of professional experience, from advertising and graphic design to design thinking and product development. She is particularly passionate about projects that center on social impact and collaborating with community partners.

  • Denise Nacu

    Denise’s current research interests focus on examining the interactions of educators and learners in online learning platforms, and building technology tools and visualizations to support youth learning and development.

  • Paige Treebridge

    Paige is a designer, programmer, and code media researcher whose current work focuses on user experience design for privacy and security, programming pedagogy for designers, and geo-located augmented reality.

Secure Design: Course and Experimentation Workshop

School of Design faculty Paige Treebridge and Jessica Westbrook are working with School of Computing faculty Filipo Sharevski on this National Security Agency-funded project—developing a course under the Cybersecurity Core Curricula. The course will be developed using an innovative approach to cybersecurity pedagogy: educating students in cybersecurity, information systems, interaction design, and graphic design in parallel, with a focus on Internet-of-Things architecture. By taking the Secure Design course, the future cybersecurity professionals will be educated in principles of secure interaction and graphic design. Also, the course will help interaction and graphic designers to become an integral part of the cybersecurity workforce in designing and communicating security ideas to users.


Student Research Opportunities

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Labs and Software

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UxD Minor

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Community and Professional Connections

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Exhibition and Presentation Spaces

State-of-the-art spaces for presentations, showcases, special events, and collaborative work are available for students to build skills, share projects, and connect with others.

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School of Design Talks

The School of Design Talks series invites diverse speakers from across the globe — who have created innovative responses to the personal, local, and global challenges of the 21st century — to lead workshops and discussions.

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