The UX Engineering program prepares students to research, plan, design, & build digital experiences in an agile business setting. 

The emphasis is on developing proficiency in user experience engineering and front-end development, while providing a basic introduction to research, visual design, copywriting, project management, and software engineering.

Graduates of this program will have the skills needed to be an entry-level User Experience (UX) Engineer. A UX Engineer's role is directly involved in the process of making a product useful, usable and enjoyable for its users.

Through the program, students create a portfolio of individual and team projects that can be shown to future, potential employers. Students also learn to communicate effectively in an interview and professional setting. 


Program Structure

 

User Experience Design

6-MONTH Course

Prepares students to research, plan, and design digital experiences in an Agile business setting.

Available as a standalone course

User Interface Engineering

6-MONTH Course

Students will use CSS, HTML, & JavaScript to create a marketing site and implement the onboarding flow for their projects from the UX course.

 

Optional Apprenticeship

9 Months

Optional training where students transition from learning to working. Students report to a UX manager in a team setting, and work on mock projects to build up their portfolio and prepare for job placement.

 

Gain hands-on experience in the full UX lifecycle

In this course, students learn about Product Research, Creating Personas and User Journeys, Information Architecture (IA), Creating Wireframes, Prototyping, and Product Testing. Students will also learn tools to produce high-fidelity User Interface (UI) mockups.

We train students for today's high-demand tech jobs using accelerated skills training. You'll leave our program career-ready.

 

  1. Tooling — Learn to use Sketch & Invision (free accounts for students!)

  2. User-Centered Design — Empathize, Ideate, Define, Prototype, & Test

  3. Storytelling — Communicate user needs with personas, storyboarding, flowcharting, & wireframing

  4. Discovery & Research — Conduct interviews and analyze results

  5. Communicating Design — Give & receive feedback; Lead & participate in critiques

  6. Content Design — Information Architecture, Copywriting, Accessibility, & Internationalization

  7. Intro to Visual Design — The basics of user interface design & where to find inspiration

  8. User Interface Patterns — Use design patterns and create design systems

  9. Hierarchy & Layout — Apply typography, color, & proximity to establish visual hierarchy

  10. Imagery — How to source and effectively use icons & images

  11. Onboarding & Funnel Metrics — Landing Pages, Forms, & A/B Testing

  12. Interaction Design — Affordances, Motion, & Usability Testing

  13. Working with Developers — Prototyping & Responsive Design

  14. Projects — In our project-based learning model, you'll solve real-world problems and create products to show future employers.

  15. Launching your career — Build your portfolio and learn how to present yourself to future employers. Once you have the job, advocate for design within the organization.


Still confused on what UX is? This video will help:


Learn from user experience professionals.

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Stan Rosenthal
UX Designer, LinkedIn

Stan has designed products at LinkedIn and with numerous startups spanning government, labor, finance, and healthcare. He splits his time between Indianapolis and his hometown, New Orleans. Stan started designing websites during the 2005 levee failures, when he co-founded Levees.org and brought the satirical Levee newspaper online. He has been recognized for his philanthropic work by The New York Times and numerous local organizations.

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Justine Tiu
Senior UX DEsigner, Google

As a senior UX designer at Google NYC, Justine most recently worked on new consumer and education products in the VR/AR space, such as Google Tour Creator and Expeditions. Previously, she was the UX lead and design manager of Google Classroom and Forms. She's passionate about problem solving, crafting, and trying new things.

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Gabe Wright

Gabe is a UX Developer with a background in branding, web-design, and frontend development. Before transitioning full-time at Kenzie, he worked on many of Indy’s local business web projects. He loves anything to do with technology and innovation. When not working, he enjoys food, music, backpacking, and traveling.

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Brooklynn Moor

Brooklynn has a background in communications and marketing, as a IUPUI graduate and former project manager. Her passion for communication, community building and finding ways to make things easier for people and making positive world changes overall drove her to Kenzie Academy.

 

You?

We're hiring instructors and facilitators in Indianapolis and Chicago. Email stan@kenzie.academy.

 
The skills I am learning at Kenzie Academy will be directly applicable to the job I will have in the future.
— Jake Berg, Kenzie Academy Software Engineer Student
 
 

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