Apply a user-centered perspective to the design and evaluation of interactive technologies.

Student work

The Advanced Certificate in User Experience consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses): two required courses and two elective courses, which must be completed with a B average or better. The program can be taken as a stand-alone program or within the School of Information's MSLIS, including MSLIS dual-degrees, MS in Data Analytics and Visualization and MS in Museums and Digital Culture programs.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and describe key principles of User Experience, such as: be empathetic and respectful of users; adopt a user-centered design process that emphasizes evaluation and iteration; and, strive to make digital interfaces understandable and emotionally engaging.

  2. Select and apply appropriate design and evaluation methods to improve the experience of interacting with digital tools; and

  3. Create professional-quality reports and other deliverables, using appropriate tools, to effectively communicate design and evaluation insights to stakeholders.

Through their coursework, students build a digital portfolio demonstrating their preparedness to do practical UX work in a variety of roles and settings. For a sample of student work and course projects, please visit the User Experience @ Pratt website

Advanced Certificate Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in User Experience consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses): two required courses and two elective courses, which must be completed with a B average or better. The program can be taken as a stand-alone program or within the School of Information's MSLIS, including MSLIS dual-degrees, and MS in Data Analytics and Visualization, and MS in Museums and Digital Culture programs.

Required Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)
INFO 643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
INFO 644 Usability Theory & Practice

Electives (2 course, 6 credits)
Choose two courses from the list below:
INFO 608 Human Information Interaction
INFO 630 Research Design & Methods
INFO 637 Programming User Interfaces
INFO 641 Visual Communication & Information Design
INFO 642 Content Strategy
INFO 646 Digital Product Design
INFO 648 Mobile Interaction Design
INFO 649 Practical Ethnography for UX
INFO 650 Speculative Design
INFO 658 Information Visualization
INFO 681 Community Building & Engagement
INFO 682 Projects in Info Experience Design
INFO 685 Digital Analytics
INFO 697 Special Topics (w/permission)
INFO 698 Practicum (w/ permission)
INFO 699 Independent Study (w/permission)

Admissions Requirements

Apply a user-centered perspective to the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. This advanced certificate can be taken within the School of Information's MS in Library and Information Science, including MSLIS dual-degrees, MS in Data Analytics and Visualization, and MS in Museums and Digital Culture. It can also be taken as post-master’s program. Applicants to the post-master’s advanced certificate program must:

  • hold a master's degree in arts, humanities, social sciences or science from an accredited university
  • submit the online application form, non-refundable application fee, and official transcripts (uploaded online at application)
  • submit a statement of purpose (approximately two pages)
  • submit a current resume
  • request two letters of recommendation on the application from employers, professors, or others able to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate study
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Certificate Coordinator
Craig M. MacDonald, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Questions? For admissions inquiries, please contact Graduate Admissions at 718.636.3514 or admissions@pratt.edu. For all other inquiries, contact the School of Information at 212.647.7682 or si@pratt.edu. For more information, you may also request a catalog and sign-up to attend an information session.    

Curriculum

Adv Certificate in User Experience

  • Semester 1

    Complete these required courses.

    INFO-643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design

    INFO-644 Usability Theory & Practice

  • Semester 2

    Choose one of the following LIS Electives.

    INFO-608 Human Information Interaction
    OR
    INFO-630 Research Design & Methods
    OR
    INFO-637 Programming User Interfaces
    OR
    INFO-641 Visual Communication & Information Design
    OR
    INFO-642 Content Strategy
    OR
    INFO-646 Digital Product Design
    OR
    INFO-648 Mobile Interaction Design
    OR
    INFO-649 Practical Ethnography for User Experience
    OR
    INFO-650 Speculative Design
    OR
    INFO-658 Information Visualization
    OR
    INFO-681 Community Building & Engagement
    OR
    INFO-682 Projects in Information Experience Design
    OR
    INFO-685 Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile and Social Media
    OR
    INFO-697 Special Topics
    OR
    INFO-698 Practicum/Seminar Information Science
    OR
    INFO-699 Independent Study