UX design program

User Experience (UX) Design

“I was initially attracted to the Design program at NHIA mainly because of the usefulness and practicality of design. I also really enjoy the process and groundwork that happens behind the scenes. I had some great professors at NHIA who actually cared and were super helpful. I still talk to a number of them, even though I’ve graduated. And the small class sizes were perfect for one-on-one feedback. All of these things factored into my ability to earn a position working for Wanderu as a graphic and UX designer.” Josh Mulvey, Design, Class of 2016


Ever wondered why some applications or products are easy-to-use and others just plain frustrating? As a User Experience (UX) Design major, you’ll learn first-hand what makes for good design whether that’s a physical product, a software application, or a customer experience. You’ll gain a solid foundation in traditional graphic design, but perhaps more importantly you’ll learn how to think like a UX designer — how to recognize a design problem, to discern what people want, and how to perfect a design solution through iteration and user testing to achieve a satisfying result. As a UX Design major you’ll gain the skills you’ll need to work as a designer in both the digital as well as physical worlds — from software coding, mobile application development, and user interface design to the latest in 2D and 3D prototyping, our UX Design program will give you the skills you’ll need to succeed in this rapidly evolving field.

Each of our programs are flexible, career-focused and innovative. With more electives, a focus on professional practice, a broad education including liberal arts and sciences, and a partnership with UNH Manchester, NHIA provide artists, writers and designers the freedom to explore within and beyond their major, to think and make in innovative ways, and to be in tune with the professional demands of both current and future careers in art and design. This is education tailored to your goals!

Career Options

Creative Project Manager, Digital Product Designer, Director of Innovation and Design, Information Architect, Interaction Designer, Interactive Art Director, Mobile Application Designer, Motion Designer, UX Consultant, UX Designer, UX Prototyper, UX Researcher,
UX Strategist, Visual Designer, Web Designer

What else you need to know

  • We are the ONLY college in America offering BFA degrees that require all students to complete three semesters of professional practices, business marketing, and entrepreneurship studies for the arts.
  • Our partnership with UNH Manchester expands course offerings by double, without adding expense or time to complete your degree
  • We require nine credits of a professional practicum (paid or unpaid internships) in all disciplines
  • Every freshman gets a fully loaded Macbook laptop for no additional expense


Want to know what four years in the UX Design program at NHIA looks like? You got it.
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