Google UX Design Certification

Prepare for a career in the high-growth field of user experience (UX) design with this Google UX Design Professional Certificate, developed by Google employees and presented by Alvernia University. Get on the fast-track to a competitively paid entry-level job. No experience or degree required to enroll.

There are currently 113,700 U.S. job openings in UX design with an average entry-level salary of $58,600 (Source: Burning Glass: Labor Insight (Last 12 Months: Feb. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021).

The Google UX Design Certificate includes seven highly-interactive courses that will teach you to design on paper and in digital design tools like Figma and Adobe XD.  In all of these courses, UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios.

When you complete this certification, you will be job-ready with a professional UX portfolio that includes three end-to-end projects.  You’ll learn to complete the design process from beginning to end

The Design Process

Defining pain points, creating wireframes and testing and iterating designs

UX Research

Learn the basics of UX research, planning, conducting interviews, and synthesizing results


Create a professional portfolio that includes a responsive website, mobile app, and cross-platform experience

Professional Certificate Programs enable you to become empowered and successful in every phase of your job!

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UX Design

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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines

Entry Level

No previous experience required

6-Months to Complete

Suggested pace of 10 hours/week; 7 Courses

Google UX Design Certificate Courses

Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design

UX designers focus on the interactions that people have with products like websites, mobile apps, and physical objects. UX designers make those everyday interactions usable, enjoyable, and accessible. Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the field of UX and explain why it’s important for consumers and businesses.
  • Understand foundational concepts in UX design.
  • Identify the factors that contribute to great user experience design.
  • Review common job responsibilities of entry-level UX designers and their teams.
  • Explore job opportunities and career paths within the field of user experience.
  • Explain why design sprints are an important and useful part of a UX designer’s work
  • Start to create an online portfolio to showcase your upcoming work.
  • Join and participate in online UX communities.

Start the UX Design Process: Empathize, Define and Ideate

Complete the first phases of the design process for a project that you can include in your portfolio.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe common UX research methods.
  • Empathize with users to understand their needs and pain points.
  • Create empathy maps, personas, user stories and user journey maps to understand user needs.
  • Develop problem statements to define user needs.
  • Generate ideas for possible solutions to user problems.
  • Conduct competitive audits.
  • Identify and account for biases in UX research.
  • Start designing a mobile app, a new project to include in your professional UX portfolio.

Build Wireframes and Low Fidelity Prototypes

You will continue to design a mobile app for your professional UX portfolio by creating storyboards and getting familiar with the basics of drawing. Then, create paper wireframes and digital wireframes using the design tool Figma. You’ll also create a paper prototype and a digital low-fidelity prototype in Figma.

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Develop a goal statement.
  • Create two types of storyboards: big picture and close-up.
  • Understand the difference between low-fidelity and high-fidelity design.
  • Apply the basics of drawing and the principles of information architecture to organize a mobile app.
  • Create paper wireframes for a mobile app design.
  • Develop digital wireframes in the design tool Figma.
  • Build a paper prototype to add interactivity to designs.
  • Design a low-fidelity prototype in Figma.
  • Recognize implicit bias and deceptive patterns in design.

Conduct UX Research and Test Early Concepts

Learn to plan and conduct a usability study to gather feedback about designs. Then, modify your low-fidelity designs based on insights from your research.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan a UX research study, including the project background, research goals, research questions, key performance Indicators, methodology, participants and script.
  • Explain the importance of respecting privacy and user data.
  • Conduct a moderated and unmoderated usability study.
  • Take notes during a usability study.
  • Create affinity diagrams to group and analyze data.
  • Synthesize observations from research and come up with insights.
  • Develop persuasive presentation skills to share research insights.

Follow step-by-step tutorials to learn how to create high-fidelity designs, called mockups, in Figma, a popular design tool. Then, you’ll turn those designs into an interactive prototype that works like a finished product. You’ll conduct research to collect feedback about your designs and make improvements. Finally, you’ll learn to share your designs with development teams and highlight your work in your professional UX portfolio.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Build mockups and high-fidelity prototypes in Figma.
  • Define and apply common visual design elements and principles.
  • Demonstrate how design systems can be used to organize, standardize and enhance designs.
  • Understand the role of design critique sessions and feedback while iterating on designs.
  • Learn to hand off finished design projects to engineering teams.
  • Complete mobile app designs to include in a professional UX portfolio.

Design User Experience for Social Good and Prepare for Jobs

Design a dedicated mobile app and a responsive website focused on social good. Then showcase all that you’ve learned during the certificate program to complete the design process from beginning to end.

You will have a new cross-platform design project to include in your professional UX portfolio.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply each step of the UX design process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) to create designs focused on social good.
  • Identify the differences between dedicated mobile apps and responsive web apps.
  • Understand progressive enhancement and graceful degradation approaches for designing across devices.
  • Build wireframes, mockups and low-fidelity and high-fidelity prototypes in Figma or Adobe XD.
  • Add a new design project to your professional UX portfolio.
  • Prepare your portfolio of design work for job applications.
  • Interview for an entry-level UX design job.
  • Determine if freelance design work is a good career fit for you

Skills you will gain: