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The online Master of Science in User Experience Design at Kent State University blends human-centered thinking, design, and information architecture to take your UXD knowledge and skills to the next level. This program is offered as a part of The School of Information at Kent State University.
UX design addresses the structural, informational, psychological and emotional aspects of what makes a successful user interface, whether it’s web or mobile. This is a fast-growing, fast-evolving field, and Kent State is at the forefront of this emerging discipline. We offer one of the only Master’s in UX Design degree programs in an accessible online format.
Unlike a basic training intensive that focuses on teaching students a singular UX concept or a limited overview of miscellaneous UX skills, our comprehensive accredited program prepares professional user experience designers to work in digitally driven agencies and businesses, learning how to apply a range of UX skills across various organizations in the industry.
Because our program adheres to established standards of excellence, our graduates will come away with a solid understanding of usability, content strategy, information architecture and user research, all of which help prepare you to enter or advance your career in UX design.
“It was clear that my projects and knowledge from the Kent State UX program was instrumental in the hiring manager’s decision to bring me on board, as she was especially impressed with a research project I did in our class this past summer.” – Justin Morken, Alumni
“A bootcamp may teach surface-level skills, but it isn’t possible to attain the knowledge and craft you would get from a full-length program.” – Jessica Kainu ’17
The road that Volkert has taken into user experience optimization is not unlike a number of people already working professionally in the industry. For many, a career in UXD is accidental or unexpected, but its importance and overall value can never be understated.
UI vs. UX may seem complex to grasp on the surface, but they are interrelated, despite their unique differences. UI is the user interface, which is what the designer creates, while UX relates to the user experience, or the way an individual experiences the product that he or she is engaging with.
Learn: When we are faced with a new design project, the first thing we do is try to find out as much as we can about the client, the users and any other stakeholder. We look at what their competitors are doing and see what we can learn from that. We might conduct interviews, surveys or focus groups to learn about who and what we will be working with.
Understand: Taking what we’ve learned in our research, we develop models such as personas and design principles to help guide our designs.
iMagine: Using the models we’ve developed, we design solutions for our clients. Here we develop schematics that we can later hand off to developers/engineers to build.
Evaluate: But as we design, we must constantly evaluate our ideas, so we conduct usability studies along the way to make sure our designs will actually work.
iNform: Communication of our designs is crucial to implementing them. So here we focus on the professional preparation of deliverables and reports.