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Program Code: UX511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters
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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 work placement. 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.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Facilitate team processes towards effective completion of user experience design projects.
  2. Represent a linked sequence of observed evidence, collected data, qualitative research findings, interpretations and proposed design solutions to stakeholders to solicit support and commitment.
  3. Assess requirements of a user experience design project, in order to increase corporate acceptance, usability and effectiveness.
  4. Present persuasive arguments in support of user experience projects which balance user needs with business objectives.
  5. Design a complex user experience project which considers a business uncertainty and plans for multiple outcomes.
  6. Manage projects using current and proven methodologies to coordinate the work of a multi-disciplinary user experience design team.
  7. Adapt recommendations and courses of action in accordance with explicit and implicit cultural, professional and ethical constructs involved in solving user experience design problems.
  8. Factor and refactor research methods and insight-generating frameworks in order to facilitate, inform and guide team problem-solving.
  9. Resolve uncertainties and create shared purpose with stakeholders using iterative prototyping.
  10. Evaluate, adjust and communicate design decisions in alignment with financial, technical, and usability factors.


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Work Placement

This program includes a 160-hour (minimum) work placement 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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Andrew Harris

When it comes to your interactions with innovative technology, Andrew has always believed you are more than a user. Over his lengthy career, he’s proven time and again that technology has the power to connect people through storytelling and shared emotional experiences. An award-winning designer, creative technologist, creative director, and now an instructor at Humber, Andrew seeks to use design to make the world a better place, not just for users but humans, too.

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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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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.

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Cynthia Young

Cynthia has over 25 years of industry experience in strategy and leadership roles in publishing, marketing and advertising with a core focus in content, audience and systems thinking. She spent six years as head of audience for The Globe and Mail newspaper re-engineering the user experience in news and connecting the newsroom to the analytics departments by teaching journalists how to see their value to the audience. Her master’s thesis, Audience Design Thinking, researched how design thinking was used to frame audience news reading behaviors and reading patterns with the value of news readers' attention. This thesis is part of a global Google News initiative teaching on design thinking and systems thinking for newsrooms.

Cynthia has been part of Humber’s teaching community since 2017 and is now the program co-ordinator and a teaching professor for both the Content Strategy graduate certificate and the User Experience Design graduate certificate.  When not walking her dog, she can be found with her head in a book, her hand with a brush painting, doodling, or gardening if the sun is out.

Your Career

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

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Admission Requirements

 

 

Admission selection is based on the following 3 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 WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

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
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

Contact Information

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

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,194.56
  • international: $19,615.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $400 - materials and equipment.

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

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

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

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • 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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Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

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Contact Information

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

How to Apply

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. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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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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