Introduction to UX Design

Unlock Your Creative Potential in User Experience Design!

Experience the transformative power of user-centered design at the Vanderbilt Wond’ry. Our Introduction to UX Design program is a comprehensive educational initiative that equips participants with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to excel in the dynamic field of User Experience (UX) design.

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Program Information

  • Course Overview

    This comprehensive program at the Wond'ry provides a deep dive into the fundamental principles and practices of user experience (UX) design. Through a blend of engaging lectures, interactive workshops, and real-world projects, participants will embark on a transformative journey, equipping themselves with the essential skills needed to thrive in the dynamic field of UX.

    At the core of the course lies the user-centered design philosophy, empowering learners to deeply understand the needs, behaviors, and pain points of their target audience. Participants will gain the ability to empathize, ideate, and iteratively refine their creations, ensuring that the final products truly resonate with end-users.

    The program further encompasses the design thinking framework, equipping learners with a robust methodology for tackling complex challenges and driving innovation. Through hands-on prototyping and usability testing, participants will hone their skills in translating ideas into tangible, user-validated solutions, ultimately delivering digital experiences that exceed user expectations.

  • Who may apply?

    This program is open to Vanderbilt students, staff, faculty, and alumni with diverse interests, including:

    • Individuals seeking to enhance their knowledge and career prospects in UX design
    • Innovators and entrepreneurs interested in understanding the role of UX design in product development
    • Anyone passionate about creating user-friendly and impactful experience
  • When is this course?

    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CT; September 18th to November 13th.

  • Contact Us

    For any questions or to learn more please contact Cecilio Ponce at

Key Dates and Timeline

Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CT; September 18th  to November 13th.

Completion Expectations and Requirements

Attend at least 8 out of 10 weekly, in-person classroom sessions

These sessions consist of opportunities throughout the course for participants to:

  • Meet with instructors and subject matter experts
  • Receive feedback as they work through specific design challenges
  • Develop and refine prototypes

Applications are currently open for Fall 2024. 

Past Projects

Last semester, our participants worked with our industry partner to redesign their electric vehicle app, aiming to enhance user experience and align with brand and customer needs. They conducted user research, including interviews and usability testing, to understand the target audience's pain points. These insights informed the design process, leading to iterative wireframes and prototypes. Students gained valuable experience by presenting their final project to stakeholders, pitching ideas, and incorporating feedback to shape the final product. Check out past participant presentations.

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