Information Architect Specialist / User Experience Designer
Undergraduate Certificate College of Extended Learning
◼Internet Design & Technology Certificate of Completion †
† User/Design Research, Information Architecture (IA),
Usability Testing, User-Centered Design,
User Experience Design (UXD), Management
Information Architecture (IA) &Design
Certifications of Approval and Abstracts
ID&T Cert. Deliverables
The ID&T Cert. program included:
The Internet Design and Technology program at the Multimedia Studies Program (MSP), San Francisco State University, is a very strong vocational-intensive training program for people that work in high-tech.
The focus of the program, IA/UXD vocational training—learning by doing—was extensively using Adobe Creative Suite, Flash, Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS, computer/Web programming, Web design, user-centered design, user/design research, information architecture, interaction design, use case scenarios, user experience design, interface design, developing Web content, technical writing, understanding life cycle of projects, and project/product management. The program trained people to work in the Internet industry or other related industries.
The program also stressed using traditional critical-thinking skills and a myriad of problem-solving competencies, required on IA/UXD projects, including project/product management acumen.
The primary focus of my program was invidualized for specific information architect and user experience design industry; successfully completed numerous portfolios and a variety of relevant internships—in a high-tech environment.
“Information architecture (IA) is the structural design of shared information environments; the art and science of organizing and labelling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability; and an emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape. ”
Interdisciplinary University Programs
User/Design Research, Information Architecture (IA), Navigation Systems Design (NS), User Experience Design (UXD), Structuring & Organizing Web-Based Information, Mobile User Experience, Interaction Design, User-Centered Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Visual & Web-Based Designs, Intranet Information Architecture, Designing Complex Applications & Websites, Interface Design, Social Media, Web 2.0, Computer/Web Programming, HTML5/CSS3, Usability Engineering, Usability Testing, Card Sorting, Usability in Practice, Guidelines for Web Usability, Usability Reports/Case Studies, Website Design & Management, and Project Management; internships successfully completed.
ID&T Cert. Professional Business Career Outlook
◼Information Architect ◼ User Experience Architect ◼ User Experience Designer
◼Navigation Systems Designer ◼ User-Centered Designer
◼ Information Designer
◼ Use Case Scenarios Designer
◼ Product Designer
◼ Product Prototyper
◼ Interaction Designer
◼ Interface Designer
◼ User/Design Researcher
◼ Research Technician
◼ Project/Product Management ◼ Product Development
◼ Computer/Web Programming
◼ Usability Tester
◼ Information Technology ◼ Director ◼ Professor
ID&T Cert. Program
→ Multimedia Studies Program → San Francisco State University → College of Extended Learning
→ College of Liberal & Creative Arts → School of Design Graduate Program → Supplemental to the Graduate-Level MAIA Program
ID&T Cert. Program—Curriculum
Internet Design & Technology
Since 1992, the MSP has been the training leader in digital media trends and technologies. Our community of creative and technical professionals provides expert training at our state-of-the-art facilities. We are proud to be designated by Adobe Systems, Inc. as a Partners By Design School as well as an Apple, Adobe, and Avid certified training center.
My specialization was in user/design research, information architecture, interaction design, use case scenarios, production process for digital design products, information design, Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Flash, multimedia, animation, Web design, interface design, computer/Web programming, HTML coding, user-centered design, usability testing, and project management.
The Professor that taught the information architect courses was previously graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, including extensive professional experience in the industry as an information architect and usability tester.
A robust undergraduate-level program, combined with a graduate-level program—excellence in education!
◼ Portfolios Required
ID&T Cert. Focus
The Multimedia Studies Program (MSP) is a hands-on vocational training program geared for high-tech employment—specifically specialized for user/design research, information architect, user experience design, interaction design, usability testing, and project/product management jobs.
ID&T Cert. Portfolios
Preparation and development of hard-copy portfolios and résumé were required for graduation.
Final presentation and review of portfolios required for graduation. The review process consisted of a panel of three high-tech industry professionals—reviewed portfolios and passed them all.
ID&T Cert. IA Vocational Training
The MSP is a vocational training program—a private college—though part of SFSU. In addition, I took far beyond the required courses and units for the program.
The MSP is highly regarded in the community and specifically by hiring managers. The program prepares designers professionally and vocationally to work in the industry. It was successfully accomplished in conjunction with the MAIA program. The MSP was supplemental to the MAIA program.
ID&T Cert. IA Specialization
Specific vocational training relevant to the Internet industry—for doing:
Information architecture, user experience design, navigation systems design, information design, user-centered design, organization of Web materials, Website reviews and annotated usability reports with screen shots, mapping and diagramming, use case scenarios, end user flows, interaction design, site maps, rapid prototyping, production; and
Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), animation, multimedia, graphic design, typography, branding, color theory, interactive script writing, Web content development, HTML coding, extensive design research—planning, development, building of Websites—mobile device design, and usability testing; internships successfully completed.
Steven Heitman Information Architect
User Experience Designer
The MSP San Francisco State University has a very unique campus, located in the heart and center of the downtown financial district of San Francisco.
One of my excellent Professors at MSP for the interactive script writing course and interaction design project.
The MSP ID&T Cert. and MAIA programs at San Francisco State University provided great courses—very specific to-the-point-relevant curricula—for doing:
User research, information architecture, user experience design, interaction design, interface design, user-centered design, social media, card sorting, taxonomy, task analysis, usability testing, and management.
The MSP offers a comprehensive curriculum in Web Design, Graphic Design, UX/UI, Mobile Devices, and Social Media, including IA. When I attended MSP, the IA program was very robust and extensive, geared for user-centered design. Of course, the program extended into professional-intensive vocational training and user experience design. Learning by doing—the professional practice of IA—successfully completing comprehensive IA/UXD projects over the period of one year and a summer session.
The course categories of the program included: graphic design, Web design, Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Flash), digital video and audio, UX/UI, mobile devices, information design, information architecture, interface design, and social media.
Additionally, the broad categories of the program included: design, technology, software, and career development. The gist about what I did at the MSP was that I specialized in Information Architecture (IA) and design.
In conjunction with the MAIA program, the solid curricula provided extremely robust programs of vocational real-world training on various projects/internships and user research, demanding very high participation. Working with Professors that did work in notable high-tech companies in the Bay Area, San Francisco, Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, Mountain View), and New York.