Hey wonderful UXers! I am new to the community and couldn't be more excited to learn from you all.
My name is Diego Fontes, and I am a Digital Analyst at a Hispanic Digital Agency in San Diego, CA. I completed my undergrad about a year ago with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing and first discovered UX late in my academic career while doing a digital marketing internship. I immediately fell in love with it and ever since I have grown more and more passionate about the field, but have come across one little problem: I don't know where to start.
Given that I was already in too deep in my Marketing curriculum, I continued with it and graduated as a Business Major and find myself wanting to go back to school to learn the strategic value of UX, the problem-solving/visual communication side of it and about human beings, how they perceive what they see, read and interact with and what motivates them to do so, to become a successful UX designer.
My question is:
Given my Marketing background and Digital Marketing work experience, what would be more beneficial/necessary to build a portfolio and break into the field?
A Masters' degree in a related field (UX, HCI, Cog. Sci, Human Factors Ergonomics)?
A professional certificate from an accredited school?
Here are some examples of the programs I am looking into that are accessible both from a cost perspective and from my ability to get accepted into the program:
MS in HFE - San Jose State: http://www.sjsu.edu/hfe/
UX Design Prof. Certificate - UC San Diego: http://extension.fullerton.edu/professionaldevelopment/assets/pdf/infosheets/UserExperience.pdf
UX Design Prof. Certificate - CSU Fullerton:
Looking for some guidance and would love any advice on what my next steps should be.