Studying UX Design in the US

My future career

UX Design is not yet a well-established discipline in most educational institutions, but it is already an industry of over a million UX professionals. Contrast this in the 1950’s when the world of UX first started with 10 people (although the term ‘UX’ was only coined in 1993 by Don Norman). From 1983 to 2017, the UX profession grew from about 1,000 people to about 1 million people.1 That’s a growth factor of 1,000! Nielsen Norman Group, world leader in research-based user experience, predicts that by 2050, there would be about 100 million UX professionals. Read more about the 100-year View of User Experience.

The term “UX” may be foreign to you, but the truth is, UX or ‘User Experience’ is a very significant part of your life. From the mobile phone that you use, to the groceries that you order online, or the service you experience at McDonald’s; the field of UX Design is interested in “creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users”.2

According to the Interaction Design Foundation, the world’s leading online design school, UX Design involves “the design of the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product, including aspects of branding, design, usability and function”.2

What is a UX Design degree about?

As its name suggests, UX Design, or User Experience Design, focuses on the ‘user’ of a product or service. It is primarily interested in understanding the motivations, values and views of a user. A UX designer then translates these into producing products and services that are actually useful and delightful for users. The process typically includes (but not limited to) user research, wireframe design, prototyping, usability testing, visual design, and more.

A UX Design degree is usually a major and part of a larger Degree in Science, Arts or Information Technology, depending on a university’s curriculum design and focus. UX Mastery has a helpful list of universities that offer UX Design courses or related courses. Some similar majors with differences in scope and definition, include:

  • Interaction Design
  • HCI (Human-Computer Interaction)
  • Human-centered Design (HCD)
  • Experience Architecture
  • Service Design
  • Digital Service Design
  • Business Design
  • Product Design

Each of these majors can also branch into larger studies such as Design Research, UX Research, Information Architecture, Cognitive Science, and more.

Why study UX Design in the US?

Silicon Valley, a region in the San Francisco Bay Area, is home to some of the most renowned start-ups and global technology companies including Apple, Facebook and Google. Imagine learning UX design where some of the world’s best in UX design are!

There are plenty of universities where you can study UX Design that have great academic reputation in the US, among which are:

For more information on how to apply to these US universities or other university options, contact a MABECS Global education advisor today  who will provide free guidance about the process.

What are some career options after completing a degree in UX Design?

  1. User Experience (UX) Designer
  2. User Experience (UX) Researcher or User Researcher
  3. Product manager
  4. Content Strategist
  5. Design Researcher
  6. Experience Strategist
  7. Instructional Designer
  8. Front-end Developer
  9. Interaction Designer
  10. Product Manager
  11. Program Manager
  12. UI Designer
  13. UX Architect
  14. Web UX Designer …and many more!

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