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User Experience (UX) Design

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Program Code: UX511
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: January, May, September
Program Length: 3 semesters
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Humber is proud to have the highest graduate employment and employer satisfaction rate of the GTA colleges based on Colleges Ontario’s key performance indicators for college graduates in 2022-2023.

Program Overview

Humber’s User Experience (UX) Design graduate certificate simulates the interdisciplinary approaches needed to achieve an innovation process with a focus on design desirability, technological feasibility and business viability. In two semesters, you will be prepared to innovate by problem finding through design research, problem understanding through synthesis, and problem solving through design and prototyping experiences. You will learn how to create valuable courses of action by generating design problem hypotheses, structured design process plans, compelling UX deliverables and persuasive arguments.

You will learn human-centered design methods and rhetoric that ground your design in the needs of the public. In addition, you will learn how to use interaction design and design systems through industry-standard quality assurance methods, and how to design and implement user interfaces to follow corporate strategies. A variety of conceptual and practical work will help you develop effective UX design skills.

As a user experience designer, you will employ the work-practice of prototyping concepts in order to describe ways to integrate digital services with material products and environments. As a UX researcher, you will discover insights through usability testing and apply them to create value for corporate clients and their customers. Toward the conclusion of this program, you will convert your acquired skills and achievements into a portfolio of design products that will help you launch a career as a UX design professional. This program fosters the practical discipline, relevance and currency essential in the contemporary, ever-growing UX job market using in-class studio spaces, case studies, peer-to-peer learning, live client work and a field experience. Graduates will have engaged in varied and comprehensive workplace experiences by the end of the three semesters.

All courses are hybrid and will combine online and in-class instruction and studio work.

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Courses

At Humber, courses are delivered in a variety of formats:

In-Person - An in-person course is delivered fully on campus.

Online Asynchronous (A) - An online asynchronous course has no fixed class schedule and allows students to engage with the course at different times according to their needs. Faculty provide modules, which are completed independently by the students according to established deadlines.

Online Synchronous (S) - An online synchronous course is delivered fully online and requires faculty and students to participate in real-time according to a fixed schedule. Classes are scheduled for a specific day and time.

Hybrid - A hybrid course is a combination of in-person and online classes and follows a set schedule. Students must be available to attend in-person classes at scheduled times during the semester.

The chart below outlines the delivery options available for each course in this program, by campus. For some academic terms, there may be more than one delivery option available. You’ll be able to select your preferred options when building your course schedule during open enrolment. Preferences for course delivery will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Some Humber programs are also delivered fully online, where all courses are delivered online.

International students: the impact of studying from outside of Canada on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility differs significantly based on when you start your program. Please review the PGWP eligibility before choosing your program and course delivery.

Course code and Name Delivery Type by Location
Course Code Course Name North Lakeshore IGS DL/Online
Semester 1
IXD 5106 Introduction to Design for Interaction In-Person N/A N/A N/A
IXD 5206 Product Management In-Person N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5110 Introduction to User Experience Design In-Person N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5113 Special Topics in User Experience Design 1 Hybrid N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5121 Information Architecture In-Person N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5122 Interaction Design In-Person N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5123 Design Research In-Person N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5124 Usability Testing In-Person N/A N/A N/A
Semester 2
IXD 5105 Interaction Design Studio 1 In-Person N/A N/A N/A
IXD 5200 Professional Practice Online (A) N/A N/A N/A
IXD 5205 Interaction Design Studio 2 In-Person N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5213 Special Topics in User Experience Design 2 Online (S) N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5221 Product Design Hybrid N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5222 Ethnography & Co-Creation In-Person N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5223 Service Design In-Person N/A N/A N/A
Semester 3
UXD 5300 Field Experience - User Experience (UX) Design Online (A) N/A N/A N/A
UXD 5310 Capstone Hybrid N/A N/A N/A

Work-Integrated Learning  

This program includes a 160-hour (minimum) which may be completed full time in the third semester. 

The Humber Advantage

Media & Creative Arts Students Vote for the Future

Students from more than eight Media & Creative Arts programs worked with Villamedia to test the company's AI-driven generative art project, Vote for Peace, and to learn how the technology may be used in the future.

This Usability Lab is specialized, in that it was purposefully built for usability studies to ensure that the environment does not interfere with the testing. Designed with flexibility at its core, it has been equipped with a broad variety of technology, supporting usability testing at many different levels of sophistication.

What makes this lab unique is the fact that it is mobile. This one-of-a-kind usability lab can be delivered to those who wish to use and evaluate our designs, as well as their own. For our students, they can participate in, and lead experiments that will truly test the designs they have developed, to make sure they work in the manner they have been designed to work.

Expert Faculty

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Asma Asad Khan

Asma is a Design Professor and thorough Creative with a history of working in the innovation and design industry and higher education both. Her forte is Interaction Design, Experience Design, UI, Design Thinking, Visual Design, Storytelling and tinkering with other emerging design and multimedia practices. Her classroom is more like a playing field with two way communication of thoughts, ideas and design process based in empathy and creative problem solving.

Asma has worked internationally and locally for more than a decade doing advertising and design. Her portfolio includes various multinational brands and tech start ups. Besides digital media, some of her interests that add soulfulness to her work and class environment are inclusive design and culture, teaching yoga and spirituality.

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Vishaal Bedi

As a professor teaching in the user experience and game programs, Vishaal joins Humber College after an extensive and varied career as a user experience (UX) practitioner. Vishaal has worked in the healthcare, consulting, banking, e-commerce and software industry in both UX designer and researcher roles. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Engineering) from Ryerson University, a Masters of Engineering (Human Factors/UX Specialization) from the University of Toronto. Vishaal uses storytelling as part of this teaching to engage and immerse students in the classroom with a strong focus on active learning and industry case studies.

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Bria Cole

Bria Cole is a media storyteller, junior architect, and educator. Bria's extensive experience in the non-fiction film communities and with cultural institutions in Toronto and New York has shaped her work and interests, intersecting media arts, architectural design, and narrative. She practices neighbourhood design and documentary film. She holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School and a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto. She is currently completing a feature documentary, Reconstructing Annie.

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Dylan Cunanan

Dylan's background in academic advising and career counselling made student affairs natural for him. Paired with his education in media and design, working in UX/UI design, community management, and post-secondary education was the perfect career that crossed innovation, advocacy, and research.

He couldn't choose between theory and practice - so Dylan chose both! He holds a diploma in Media Communications and a BAA in Media Studies. His published research is about cognitive behaviours in mobile environments, and he is now researching abstract semiotics in environmental graphic design.

After completing his MA in Media Production, Dylan continued his career at Humber College as a professor for the Graphic Design, Multimedia Design and Development, Bachelor of Design - User Experience, and User Experience Design programs, primarily teaching the Information Design and Digital Technology courses.

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Julia Le Clair

Julia is a multidisciplinary artist and emerging creative technologist rooted in the fascination of new and digital media, who has cultivated a wide array of skills relating to digital platforms, techniques and methodologies. Julia holds a master's in Digital Media and a bachelor's in Fine Arts, specializing in tangible media and communication design. As an educator, she strives to empower her students to embrace experimentation, challenge conventions, and explore the fusion of art and technology; to become trailblazers, and to foster not only skilled artists but also astute critical thinkers in this ever-evolving landscape of hybrid spaces and creative expressions.

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George Paravantes

George Paravantes (MFA IxD) is a product interaction designer and faculty member of the User Experience Design graduate certificate program. As an interaction design instructor, his areas of expertise are in mobile interaction design, human-centred design research, motion graphics, multimodal interactions in augmented and virtual reality. His industry experience encompasses both interaction design and industrial design.

George holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interaction Design from the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden. His final thesis research work explored the mobile context within the connected car experiences. This work was done in collaboration with Nokia Helsinki and Volkswagen Germany.

George’s international work experience includes Research In Motion, Nokia Finland, Volkswagen Germany, Drive Design UK, along with various consulting work with both mobile and AI startsups in Toronto. His pursuit of innovation was recognized as co-inventor of two user interface patents for Volkswagen’s connected electric vehicle car concepts. Along with his students, he was recognized with a League of Innovation Award for interaction design work on an educational marking app. Recently he was recognized with fellow faculty member Dennis Kappen for Humber's 2019 Research Excellence Award for their work researching the user experience and interaction design of augmented reality within the context of autonomous systems. They have published a research paper and built prototypes on this topic and recently presented with the students at the AutoUI 2018 industry conference.

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Yves Rannou

Yves Rannou is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse and impressive educational background. Holding a Bachelor of Science with a minor in psychology, a Master of Education and Curriculum, and an MBA in Business Management, Yves possesses a unique blend of academic expertise and practical experience that he now brings to his role at Humber College.

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Yvonne Shek

As a User Experience (UX) practitioner with over 25 years experience in the field, I’m excited to bring my passion and experience to my new role at Humber College.

My own journey in UX started at the University of Toronto, where I majored in cognitive psychology and minored in anthropology and industrial engineering. My interests led me to pursue a master's degree at the University College London in ergonomics.

Since then, I’ve worked at the Department of National Defence in human factors research, media and design agencies, consulting firms, and started my own UX consulting firm in 2013. I’ve completed hundreds of client projects. The industries I’ve worked in span real estate, food and hospitality, government, financial institutions, retail, telecommunications, education, healthcare, automotive, entertainment, non-profit, and others. I enjoy public speaking and have spoken at CanUX, The IA Summit, Euro IA, and the UPA.

My personal areas of interest include UX research, service design, design for the greater good, continuous improvement, personal growth, upstream thinking, decision making, and problem solving. My vision for my students intersects my areas of interest--exactly. My goal is to help coach the next generation of design thinkers to solve wicked, complex, and seemingly impossible problems.

Study Abroad

We offer many global opportunities for you to explore during your time at Humber! We live in a very interconnected world and by participating in a global opportunity, not only will you gain new skills, but you may also be eligible for academic credits and/or co-curricular record (CCR). Some of the global opportunities at Humber include Summer Abroad, Semester Exchange, faculty-led trips, Humber Global Summer School, and many others! To learn more, please visit Humber Global Opportunities.

Your Career

Typical careers for graduates include interaction designer, user experience researcher, user experience designer, information architect, product designer, communication designer and information designer.

Program Availability

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International students can now apply to this program at Humber’s new International Graduate School (IGS).

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students in Canada who apply for May 2024 start could be eligible for a $1,000 Scholarship*. Apply now

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Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

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General Enquiries

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Domestic Applicants Enquiries

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International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Josh Clavir, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 75497
uxd@humber.ca

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Admission Requirements

 

 

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a credential evaluation. Note, for international High school education course by course evaluations, ICAS must be used. For international post-secondary education, a WES evaluation must be provided. In situations where you expect to apply for transfer credit, it is recommended that a course by course WES evaluation is completed.

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Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

All Semesters

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs
Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
OS Mac: MacOS Mojave (if new, computers will come with the latest MacOS Catalina)/PC: Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Memory 16GB or higher
Storage Hard drive should be 500 SSD or bigger
Monitor 15" or larger
Other Multifunction Computer Mouse
Software Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Josh Clavir, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 75497
uxd@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

The 2024/2025 fee for three semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,971.04
  • international: $20,778.84

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Additional Costs

Approximately $400 - materials and equipment.

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

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Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

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Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

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  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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