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User Experience Design Certificate

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Registration for individuals or groups using invoices, letters of intent, or POs from corporate sponsors, please contact Lisa Conn at or 603.428.2283.

You know that feeling when you use something—an app, a product, a website—and it just works? In fact, it works so well that you feel certain it was designed with your wants and needs in mind.

That’s user experience (UX) design at work. And that feeling is likely what inspired you to pursue a career in UX design. You’re as passionate about creating effective user experiences as you are about having them.

This program uses a “learn today, apply tomorrow” approach so that you can immediately apply UX design principles in the real world.

Whether you want to improve your UX design skills or prepare for a leadership role, you’ll gain advanced insight into users. You can then apply that insight to guide your design decisions, create connections with users, promote usability, and collaborate effectively with your team.

Why NEC’s UX Design Certificate?

You’ll enjoy a unique online learning platform that fosters collaboration with faculty and other ID professionals. At your fingertips, you’ll have access to course content such as syllabi and training materials as well as student-faculty communications such as phone calls, video calls, and chat sessions. All stored information is searchable and stays with you even after you complete your certificate, so you can always access course content or communications. This platform also puts faculty back at the center of learning by enabling face-to-face interaction with students, bringing traditional classroom engagement to the online classroom.

Earn a certificate of completion, or a certificate of completion with distinction for those who are exemplary students, from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (accredited by NECHE, NASAD) in partnership with New England College.

Instructor Bios – Foad Afshar and Christene Fair

Foad Afshar, EdM, PsyD, is a scientist-artist-educator who brings the discipline and knowledge of science to the creative exercise of teaching and practicing art and design. He received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Masters in Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and his Doctorate in psychology from California Coast University.

Previously, Foad taught specialized courses in applied psychology and art at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and lectured nationally and in Canada on neurobiology and psychology of creativity and visual arts. Currently, Foad has a consultation practice, is an adjunct faculty at NHIA and provides mentoring and coaching to individuals and organizations who want to understand how to apply the science of psychology to day-to-day challenges of life, careers and creativity pose.

He lives with his wife in Manchester, New Hampshire and has three children two of whom are also artists. He loves his family that also includes two dogs and two cats.

Christene Fair is a user experience designer and researcher based in the Boston area. She completed her masters degree in Digital Media Design at the Harvard University Extension School program and serves there as a teaching assistant. Christene can be found attending UX meetups with the Ladies that UX and UXPA, and was on the planning committee for the 2018 Talk UX conference. Christene does freelance work for startups and small businesses on projects ranging from blockchain to the sharing economy. She is UX Design Lead at the CVS Digital Innovation Lab where she builds mobile and web apps in the healthcare space.


Delivery Mode: Complete your certificate in NEC’s engaging online environment that fosters collaboration with faculty and other UX design professionals.

Fall 2019 (September 23 through December 22, 2019)
Spring 2020 (January 6 through March 29, 2020)

Time: This 12-week course requires about 15 hours per week.

Cost: $1,950 for certificate.

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Contact Us

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: CERTIFICATES@NHIA.EDU

Registration for individuals or groups using invoices, letters of intent, or POs from corporate sponsors, please contact Lisa Conn at or 603.428.2283.