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Submitter's Information


Rachel Smith




Bay Area


Solano Community College

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Neil Glines

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Program Details

Program Title

UI/UX Design Certificate of Achievement

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Website Design and Development (061430)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

User experience and user interface design is essential in our increasingly digital world. This certificate of achievement provides students with the fundamental skills and support to become an end-to-end UX/UI professional. You will learn the visual design and technical skills needed to solve big design challenges.

Enrollment Completer Projections

Based on demand and labor market info, we estimate that 20-30 students will complete this program annually. There is currently an undersupply of workers based on the labor market information, as well as a lack of similar programs within Solano County (it should be noted that many educational resources for UI/UX are done through for-profit, private institutions, or as certificates offered by educational programs at nearby UCs and States schools, UC Berkeley and UC Davis included) but these programs come with considerably higher costs.) 

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal
  • Employ and document a structured design process to develop design solutions, working both individually and collaboratively.
  • Critically analyze and discuss the merits of design work, using relevant concepts and terminology. 
  • Employ professional design/production studio practices, such as project management, record keeping, asset management, file naming and archiving.
  • Develop and maintain a professional portfolio of work.
  • Create effective user-centric experiences using industry-standard tools. 

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

Based on the research of full time faculty member Rachel Smith, who originally began discussion of this in 2021 with the advisory committee for Digital Media Arts, (and in collaboration with faculty members from UC Davis in the design program), the following curriculum was developed for this certificate. 

Program Requirements


Required CoursesTitleUnitsYear/Semester
(Y1 or S1)
DMA 09Introduction to Digital Design3Y1
DMA 10Graphic Design 1 3Y1
DMA 60Principles of User Experience Design3Y1
DMA 61Principles of User Interface Design3Y2
DMA 62UI/UX Design 13Y2
DMA 63UI/UX Design 23Y2


Choose (3 unitsTitleUnitsYear/Semester
(Y1 or S1)
DMA 01History of Visual Media3
DMA 11Graphic Design 23Y2
DMA 92Social Media for Professionals3Y2
DMA 31Introduction to Animation3Y2
DMA 40 Motion Graphics3Y2
DMA 322D Animation3Y1
DMA 333D Animation & Modeling3Y2
DMA 40Motion Graphics3Y2
DMA 15Typography3Y2
DMA 091Digital Media Portfolio3Y2
DMA 020Intro to Digital Illustration3Y2
DMA 101Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp3Y2
DMA 102Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp3Y2
DMA 103Portfolio and Publication Bootcamp3Y2
DMA 090Digital Media Projects3Y2

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Bay Area Regional Questions

Goal of Program


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UI/UX is a fast growing area of design and digital media. Digital design jobs are expected to grow 13% by 2030— 6% faster than the national average. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: This type of curriculum is in high demand from students (both recent high school, college graduates, as well as working professionals and lifelong learners return to college to improve their technical skillset. We believe that this educational certificate will align with Solano College's mission to "transform students’ lives with transfer courses, career and technical education, and basic skills preparation leading to certificate programs, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and lifelong learning opportunities."
Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.
DVC offers a certificate in Web Design and Development. According to Joann Denning - "We did develop a Ui/UX certificate that just became available for students. We are also in the process of revising many of our certificates to increase student success. We are hoping to make the certificates more stackable and reduce the unit's to improve completion rates. Our most popular certificates are probably Graphic Design, Art Digital Media ,Web Design, and 3D but this might change once all our revisions are approved. " As students in this service area are typically not going to Solano College (its' in Contra Costa County) we don't imagine this will have a great impact.

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12/13/23 - 06:29 PM



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