Creatio Center for Technology, Media, and Design

Bachelor of Arts in User Experience Design

In today’s hi-tech world, people interact with a variety of software devices every day. Every interaction with a computer, cell phone, and “smart speaker” (Alexa, Siri, Google Play) is the result of countless hours of careful, creative work behind the scenes. Northwest University is one of the few schools in the PNW to offer a User Experience (UX) Design degree program.

Why User Experience at Northwest University?

In order to develop the most intuitive, useful and functional interface possible, our UX Design degree program brings together classes in art, psychology and engineering – a multidisciplinary program that is bound together through a solid understanding of “design thinking.”

Graduates with a degree in UX Design will be able to:

  • Apply the iterative approach of “design thinking” methods to solve problems, develop solutions, and design user experiences.
  • Design robust, intuitive, attractive and functionally effective user interfaces for a variety of types of devices.
  • Implement device interfaces using development tools, programming languages, application program interfaces (APIs), and customized techniques and/or interface tools. 
  • Analyze user requirements for devices, including applications for persons with special needs. 
  • Evaluate, test, and certify the user interface in terms of functionality and usability for devices. 
  • Conduct research to develop new ways for humans to interface with devices based on their needs, culture, and experiences.
  • Utilize industry standard tools and techniques (or create new ones) to design, prototype, and evaluate user interfaces.
  • Adapt and/or translate a user interface from one locale to another, based on language, culture, and legal requirements.
  • Relate Christian faith to a technology vocation involving creativity, artistic expression, and human interaction.

A Message from the Program Director

Our students will begin by developing a solid understanding of human centered design where they will learn the practical and artistic applications of design thinking. That will be followed with classes in computer engineering, art and graphic design, psychology and human factors. Throughout the program students will feel at home in our on-campus design studio, and the resulting career opportunities abound in UX Design, since few universities across the country provide bachelor’s degree programs with the breadth and depth that NU allows you to pursue.

Craig Chapman, Director of the Creatio Center

Common Career Paths

User Experience Designers define the structure and behavior of virtually any kind of interface between a human user and a device controlled by computer software. The goal of this program will is to prepare students for careers where they will design, implement, evaluate, and test device interfaces which are (by design) effective, intuitive, and visually compelling.

Specific employment opportunities for graduates with this degree include:

  • User Experience/Interface Designer
  • User Experience/Interface Researcher 
  • User Interface Testing Engineer
  • Application Designer & Developer 
  • Web Developer
  • UX Localization Engineer
  • UX or Application Program Manager
  • Game Developer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Digital Graphic Designer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Video Editor

We're in Good Company

We are neighbors to some of the most successful companies of the 21st century, including Microsoft, Google, Boeing, and Amazon. These game-changing corporations are great places to intern or work once you graduate. It’s no wonder why our home, Kirkland, was voted by Money Magazine as the fifth best place to live in the U.S.

What types of courses will I take?

  • ARTE 1202: Intro to Art and Design
  • ARTE 3513: Graphic Design
  • SOCI 1xx3: Technology and Culture
  • ARTE 2xx3: Intro to Design Thinking
  • UXDE 2xx3: Information Visualization
  • BMKT 3533: Web Design and Layout
  • INTC 3063: Computer Organization
  • INTC 3083: Computer Programming
  • PSYC 4203: Cognitive Psychology
  • UXDE 3xx3: Designing the User Experience
  • UXDE 3xx3: Discovering User Requirements for UX Design
  • UXDE 4xx3: Design Lab – Programming User Interfaces
  • UXDE 4xx3: International User Experience and Communication
  • UXDE 4xx3: UX Project Experience with Corporate Partners
  • UXDE 4xx3: Usability Testing & Measuring UX
  • UXDE 4xx3: User Interaction Design Capstone

Admissions Questions?

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