A.O.S. (UX) Design Course Descriptions

General education classes place an emphasis on principles and theory that are designed to develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning. General education classes are expected to develop critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills, enable individuals to prepare for and advance in their professional lives. And contribute to lifelong learning.

Technical or occupational courses, as distinguished from general education courses, provide education and training in areas associated with theoretical knowledge, technical skills, occupationally related skills, and associated competencies necessary for the student to achieve the NCAD program objectives.

These descriptions are typical course offerings that make up our curriculum. They are intended to give you a broad overview of the A.O.S. degree program in User Experience (UX) Design. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the College. Changes may include but are not limited to, course name, title, prerequisite, sequence, schedule, content, or credit value. Changes may occur whenever deemed necessary. Prerequisites may be waived by the Director of Education or the class instructor.

Course Descriptions

Semester 1


English Composition 1

EC 101 • 2 Credits

This course explores the development of written communication skills and understanding their importance in personal and professional communication through applied writing.

Public Speaking

PS 101 • 2 Credits

This course is designed to help the student become proficient at the types of public speaking that they will encounter in their personal and professional lives.

Design Culture

DC 101 • 2 Credits

This course is a survey of the history of design culture of the 19th, 20th, and into the early 21st centuries. This course seeks to place the practice of design in a wider cultural context, highlighting the key debates and issues surrounding it. The course allows students to research individual areas of interest to broaden their knowledge of contemporary issues in design.

Intro to UX Design

UX 101 • 3 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the user experience design process, and is intended to familiarize students with the methods, concepts, and techniques of user experience design.

Web Design 1

WD 101 • 3 Credits

This is an introductory website design and development course. It provides students with a foundational knowledge of web site design and production and the application of that knowledge in the planning, design and development of web pages and web sites. The course also provides a technical overview of the Internet environment and the structure of the World Wide Web. The technical segment of this course will focus on the design and implementation of effective web sites at an introductory level.

Design Methods

DM 101 • 3 Credits

This course will focus on the process of design, on methods of problem-solving, formal and informal methods of decision-making and on methods to systematically create or improve design.

Semester 2


Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

CT 151 • 2 Credits

This course is designed to facilitate the development of critical thinking and problem- solving skills. A problem-based learning approach is used in which students are required to analyze and solve conceptual and practical problems.

Business Writing

BW 151 • 2 Credits

Effective written communication in business and technical contexts is an essential skill. This course examines various forms of business and technical writing for Print and Web, developing and practicing professional approaches to researching, formatting, writing, and editing documents in a business environment.

JavaScript Fundamentals

JS 151 • 3 Credits

In this course students learn the fundamentals of JavaScript, the programming language of the Web. Topics include: Functions, Loops, Control Flow, Data Structures, and Objects.

Interaction Design

IT 151 • 3 Credits

This course will provide students with a hands-on introduction to interaction design. The course will address individual and group ideation techniques; sketching on paper and using software tools; prototyping approaches, tools, and techniques; and contemporary perspectives on interaction design for common platforms (e.g., web, desktop, tablet, mobile, and beyond)

Web Design 2

WD 151 • 3 Credits

In this course, students continue to develop skill in the conceptualization, design, and production of effective websites through rigorous examination, analysis, and evaluation, through the planning, design and development of web pages and web sites using current web design and development tools.

Information Design

ID 151 • 3 Credits

This course introduces both the theory and practice of presenting information in a way that fosters efficient and effective understanding of it. Students in this course develop a working knowledge of how to structure, visualize, and present information.

Semester 3


Quantitative Principles

QP 201 • 2 Credits

This course serves as an introduction to the mathematical ideas used in the modern world, with an emphasis on developing students’ problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytic skills in dealing with quantities and their magnitudes and interrelationships

Business Planning & Practices

BP 201 • 2 Credits

This course is an introduction to business for the creative industry, including career development, market research, and freelance issues. In this course relevant creative business-materials are discussed, demonstrated and practically developed by students.

Principles of Marketing & Sales

PM 201 • 2 Credits

This course provides an overview of marketing and sales for creative professionals. Students are introduced to marketing and sales concepts and methods related to creative business, and are required to develop various related materials used in marketing and sales by creative professionals.

User Strategy & Research

SR 201 • 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the latest tools, techniques, and methodologies used by leading agencies and enterprises to develop effective and engaging user experiences.

Topics include market research and analysis, user personas, mental models, user-research plans, creating effective personas, empathy mapping, user flows, card sorts, and others, usability testing sessions, and research evaluation toolkits.

Prototyping & Testing 1

PT 201 • 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the latest tools, techniques and methodologies used to prototype and test user experiences. The course will provide practical experience in creating and test prototypes with a variety of techniques including paper and digital methods.

Interface Design

IF 201 • 3 Credits

This course will provide a general introduction to the theory and practice of user interface design, describing a variety of approaches and methods for designing and evaluating the design of user interfaces.

Semester 4


Business Entrepreneurship

BE 251 • 2 Credits

In this course, students learn about the principles and practical aspects of entrepreneurship as they relate to the creative business industry. This course is designed to equip students with marketing and entrepreneurial knowledge and tools, and to develop strategic business and entrepreneurial thinking.

Principles of Finance

PF 251 • 2 Credits

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of personal and business finance, particularly finance relevant to creative professionals. Students will analyze typical personal and creative business-related financial decisions, evaluate the costs and benefits of their decisions, and to recognize their rights and responsibilities as consumers and creative business professionals. Practical application of financial concepts as applied in creative business activities will be stressed in this class.

Prototyping & User Testing 2

PT 251 • 3 Credits

This course continues to explore the latest tools, techniques and methodologies used to prototype and test user experiences. The course will provide additional practical experience in creating and test prototypes with a variety of techniques including paper and digital methods.

UX Design Project

UX 251 • 3 Credits

In this course students will apply the fundamental concepts, techniques, practices, workflows, and tools associated with the practice of user
experience design in web and mobile experiences. In this course, students apply these concepts through a semester-long, team-based, capstone UX Design project.


IN 251 • 3 Credits

Internships are an opportunity for students to earn credit while working, gaining practical experience, and exploring career options in a professional setting. To receive credit, students must complete 135 sponsor-approved (signed) internship hours and meet with an NCAD internship advisor periodically as scheduled throughout the semester.

Students are required to submit signed documentation of a sponsor and receive approval from the NCAD Administration to be enrolled in this class. Students have up to the 12th week of the semester immediately before the start of the regularly scheduled internship course to submit that documentation and receive approval if they are to be enrolled in the class for the following semester.

Student internships may be denied for various reasons at the discretion of the Administration, including if they are determined to not be in alignment with program learning outcomes. Students who do not submit the required documentation by the deadline will be required to take and successfully pass the course at a scheduled later date to meet graduation requirements.


PR 251 • 3 Credits

In this course students will be required to determine specific career goals and to develop a proposed direction to take in their creative efforts. Students will be required to develop their critical and diplomatic communication skills, and to participate fully and honestly in the regular critiques. The student must satisfactorily demonstrate an acceptable level of quality in their work, and in the presentation of that body of their work in the form of a portfolio, in order to successfully complete this course.