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UX 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 directly at lconn@nec.edu or 603.428.2283.

This graduate level certificate is perfect for designers who aspire to understand their users more completely and to curate their experiences to promote strategic initiatives. Harness your user’s desires, perceptions, and needs and use that information to guide design decisions, create connections, promote usability, and fuel effective collaborations within your team.

Offered jointly by the New Hampshire Institute of Art and New England College, this certificate brings together the strengths of both colleges – cutting-edge innovative design instruction supported by experts in online professional education.

You’ll Earn: A certificate of completion, a certificate of completion with distinction for those that are exemplary students, from New Hampshire Institute of Art (accredited by NECHE, NASAD). Opportunity to earn 6 graduate level credits per certificate through New England College. Graduate credits are from an NECHE accredited college and have potential to transfer into a graduate program.

Program Outcomes

User Research: Lead user research, utilizing data and analytics to inform decision-making, and building bridges to users through storytelling.

Design Thinking: Employ strategic thinking to identify design problems, align usability and aesthetic goals, and promote design decisions within your team.

Communication: Construct communication that creates buy-in and develops strong working relationships.

Adoptability: Develop adoptability and accessibility through your designs, aligned with corporate brand and identity, and in support of strategic initiatives.

Iterative Process: Engage in prototyping, A/B testing, and ongoing user research to learn to respond quickly to user need and design challenges.

Challenges: Define the impact of budgetary, engineering, and time restraints on your designs, and strategically deploy designs to promote value and usability.

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 an engaging online environment.  This experience will foster collaborative interactions with other professionals working in the field.

When: February 25, 2019 – May 17, 2019
Time: Courses are designed to be completed over a period of 12 weeks from start date, about 15 hours per week (20-25 hours per week for those seeking credit)
Cost: $1950 for certificate or $595 per graduate credit (6 credits = $3570)*
*Please verify which option prior to starting the program

Register today!

Contact Us


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