User experience (UX) design focuses on producers’ and end users’ interaction with virtual or physical systems. People in the field use the art and science of design to ensure systems meet users’ needs and goals, including the importance of physical and emotional reactions in the process.
Preparing You For Success
UX encompasses research, analysis, graphic design with insights from psychology, business and new media. As a user experience design major, you learn how to develop user-and-human-centered designs. These professional approaches require empathy, collaboration, curiosity and iteration to move system designs through the development process with current methods. Courses also introduce you to psychology, behavior performance and physical and cognitive abilities that are especially relevant to design research and thinking. Along the way, you’re mentored by faculty with industry experiences completing client projects.
By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:
- An internship at an organization like NASA, Country Companies, Caterpillar Inc., Microsoft or OSF Health Care
- Designing for innovative products such as wearables, AR/VR, mobile, websites and physical interactives
- Research projects in traditional and nontraditional human-computer interaction design
- Studio practice in visual design, interaction design and user interfaces
Making Your Mark
UX design professionals are in high demand for their technical and creative skills. Using industry best practices, they create products that promote and inspire human activity. They’re valuable as visual graphic designers, user researchers, usability analysts, information architects, interaction designers and other related careers.