Course: Professional Diploma Program in UX/UI Design


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Program Description

Gain practical knowledge with our full-time studies in UX and UI and put your skills to work with an internship at a leading company in San Francisco or Silicon Valley. International students qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Through our immersive, which can lead to a full diploma, you'll master the UX and UI skills that employers are seeking. Start studying today for an exciting and demanding career in UX and UI.

"My internship was my first time working at a startup, and I liked the culture where my ideas and expertise were easily seen and valued."

—Jolin Wu, Taiwan

Professional Diploma Program in UX/UI Design

Take both UX Design and UI Design Immersives, add a Capstone Portfolio course and three specialization electives, and you'll be eligible for an internship and Optional Practical Training with the two-semester Professional Diploma Program in UX/UI Design!

You've mastered the skills, now it's time to put them to work. Combine two Immersives and focused electives to be eligible for an internship and OPT. Gain real-world experience and launch your career.

Receive a diploma upon completion and be eligible for an internship and OPT.

  • Length: 2 semesters
  • Format: Full time
  • OPT Qualified: Yes
  • Internship Option: Yes
  • Award: Diploma
  • Cost: $22,000, plus the price of individual electives

Students must have a minimum of three years of undergraduate coursework for admission.
International students must meet English Language Proficiency requirements.

Specialization Electives

Art & Design

  • User Research for UX
  • Visual Design Principles
  • Introduction to UX Design
  • AutoCAD

Behavioral Health Sciences

  • Counseling and Psychotherapy as a Career Option
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Introduction to Counseling Techniques in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
  • Abnormal Psychology

Business & Management

  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Change and Ambiguity in the Workplace
  • Investments in Personal Financial Planning: General Principles and Methods
  • Behavioral Finance


  • Idiomatic English and Oral Communication Skills for ESL
  • Cross-Cultural Communication

Environmental, Tech and Environmental Management

  • Javascript and jQuery: An Introduction
  • Management in the Construction Industry


  • Writing Skills Workshop

Sciences, Mathematics & Biotechnology

  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis: Applications in Clinical Chemistry

Bonus: Career Development (CEU)

Gain career orientation and hands-on training for successful job placement and career advancement. This special course includes workshops on soft skills, interview methods and technical skills, as well as personalized career coaching and professional network development.

Completing Your Studies

Once you've completed this two-semester Professional Diploma Program, you'll receive a Certificate of Completion. You're also eligible to take part in an internship and apply for Optional Practical Training!

Fall 2019 Cohort

  • Dates: September 4–December 12, 2019
  • Application Due: July 22, 2019

Spring 2020 Cohort

  • Dates: January 15–May 15, 2020
  • Application Due: November 18, 2019

Start Working Through an Internship or OPT

  • Industry Growth: 94,000 jobs were posted in the UX/UI field nationally during the last twelve months.

  • User-experience (UX) Design Instructor Minakshi Mukherjee leads students through an end-to-end UX experience designing a product app prototype and learning how to work with a product manager.
  • Local Opportunities: Over 26,000 of nationally posted UX/UI jobs were concentrated in California. In the Bay Area alone, there were 12,513 unique jobs in UX between September 2017 and September 2018.


If you successfully complete the UX Design or UI Design Immersive—or both—you can start working through a three-month internship at a leading San Francisco or Silicon Valley company!

  • Put your newfound skills to work
  • Gain work experience
  • Build connections
  • Expand your network

You'll see firsthand how a U.S. business runs, giving you a competitive edge when you're ready to land a full-time position in UX Design or UI Design.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is an opportunity for those studying in the United States with an F-1 visa to apply their knowledge with practical work experience. If you successfully complete both the UX Design and UI Design Immersive, you'll be eligible to apply for paid temporary work authorization in the U.S., also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Imagine yourself conducting user research to update an app. Deploying HTML and CSS to create a website. Creating content that is visually engaging and informative. Or working on a team to prototype a new mobile device.

With OPT, you can apply everything you've learned to real-world projects and gain valuable work experience.

Our graduates are working at top companies, including:

  • Salesforce
  • Adobe
  • SAP
  • Apple
  • IBM
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Intuit
  • Macy's

Your Classroom

Berkeley: Located just a few blocks away from the UC Berkeley campus.

UC Berkeley Extension
Golden Bear Center
1995 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

San Francisco: Located in the bustling downtown area.

UC Berkeley Extension
San Francisco Campus
160 Spear St., Floors 5, 6 and 7
San Francisco, CA 94105

Program Requirements for International Students

Online Information Session

This program is structured so that international students can fulfill their Visa requirements for full-time study, as well as have the opportunity to be eligible for internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants must submit official evidence of English-language proficiency. Sometimes exceptions to this requirement are made. Please note that the submission of language proficiency scores or other forms of verification does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Scores must be from the past two years.

English Language Test Minimum Score for Professional Diploma Program
Cambridge Advanced 176

Don't meet these requirements? Apply to our 6-week summer English program (July–August) to raise your English-language proficiency.

To be eligible, you must meet the following English-language requirements:

  • 74–78 TOEFL
  • 6 IELTS

Learn more by emailing

PDP Program Requirement

Because this is a cohort-based program and full-time attendance is required to maintain your visa status, you must attend all scheduled courses.

F-1 Visa Application and F-1 Transfer Process

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must apply for an F-1 student visa to attend PDP. Non-U.S. citizens with a visitor visa (B-1, B-2) or under the Visa Waiver Program are not permitted to engage in full-time study (PDP is full time). Your PDP acceptance packet includes the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) verifying that you have been admitted for full-time study.

If you are an F-1 student at a different U.S. institution, you must complete the F-1 transfer process to attend PDP. The transfer must be initiated by your current school.

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

UC Berkeley Extension is an academic department within UC Berkeley and is located just a few blocks away from the main campus. This department offers short-term programming for international students ... Read More

UC Berkeley Extension is an academic department within UC Berkeley and is located just a few blocks away from the main campus. This department offers short-term programming for international students who want to study at Berkeley. We do not offer degrees. Instead, after you complete your studies with us, you’ll receive a certificate of completion, a transcript and the opportunity to transfer academic credits to your home university. For those of you who are working professionals, our programs will provide you with in-depth skills and learning that you can apply to your current position or a new job in the workplace. Read less
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