The objective of the Rutgers User Experience Design (UXD) program is to train students in the essential skills in the design of engaging, easily-learned user interfaces whether they be web pages, mobile phones, or microwave ovens. You will learn from industry professionals about current methods and practices involved in gathering user information, creative design, prototyping, and evaluating a wide range of interactive media. Our program will also give you a basic understanding of human computer interaction (HCI) and the underlying psychology, communication, and social theory that guides design, plus training in visual design principles. Some key elements of the program are current interface design techniques such as building personas, implementing design patterns, content management, information architecture, online usability testing, eyetracking, and workflow analysis. Most other design courses only include UXD as a second focus to the business side of design. At Rutgers, we prepare you to move into roles managing the company’s user experience design process, establishing a consultancy that provides UXD support or launching a new enterprise in which the product is based on sound design principals and user focus.
There are many employment opportunities with the skill sets obtained with from the UCD program that range from information technology, medical products, web authoring and web design services, communication products, media, financial services, and beyond.