UX Design Cal Poly

Learn to apply design principles and ethical considerations to the decision-making process to design the best user experience for mobile digital products.

Program Highlights

Learn about and apply ethnographic research methods to understand an end-user's needs in mobile product design.
Work in groups to create multi-platform, user-centered mobile application products using Figma design software.
Build user interfaces that aim to enhance the user experience of mobile digital products across devices and platforms.
Explore the cross-disciplinary nature of UX Design from creating an idea through mobile web page design prototype.

Residential Tuition:


Session 1:
June 23, 2024 July 5, 2024

Session 2:
July 7, 2024 July 19, 2024


Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly SLO - San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Overview

People are viewing their digital media content across a multitude of platforms these days. Today’s UX designers are trained to understand how to design webpages and digital media to easily adapt to the wide variety of devices and platforms that exist in the marketplace. With a focus on a more inclusive mobile user experience, students will learn current technologies and production tools used for the mobile user interface design and prototyping that will expand accessibility for a diverse end-user audience. Students will also learn to apply design principles and ethical considerations to the decision-making process to design the best user experience for mobile digital products. They will spend a majority of their time in the Cal Poly labs using Figma while creating mock mobile web pages that easily function across multiple device platforms.

Meet your instructor

Dr. Xiaoying Rong

UX Design Cal Poly SLO

Instructor for Cal Poly SLO - Dr. Xiaoying Rong earned her Bachelor of Engineering from Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, a Master of Business Administration from Beijing Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Printing from Western Michigan University. She is currently teaching printed electronics and product development, specialty printing technologies, and consumer packaging at Cal Poly SLO.

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Course Structure

There are nine 3-hour class sessions over the two-week course. During week one, students have class from 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday. During week two, students have class from 9am-12pm Monday through Thursday. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to additional academic time (excursions, speakers).

Career Exploration

Students will tour the University Graphic System (UGS) - the in-house student-run print business. Students will have the opportunities to meet and interact with UGS managers (junior or senior GrC students) and see the print and finishing equipment in operation and workflow. Students will spend a majority of their time working in the Cal Poly labs working on their hands-on project design.

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