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Cohort 9 of the OOUX Masterclass Certification Program is SOLD OUT. Stay tuned for Cohort 10 to become available in Summer of 2024!

Enrollment for Cohort 9 of the OOUX Masterclass Certification Program is OPEN.

A rigorous, face-paced course designed and delivered by Sophia Prater; for UX designers, developers, and digital product people who are tackling complexity, wrangling stakeholders, and trying to make systems-level change in the experiences they create. Enrollment for Cohort 9 is OPEN!

A rigorous, fast-paced course  designed and delivered by Sophia Prater; for UX designers, developers, and digital product people who are tackling complexity, wrangling stakeholders, and trying to make systems-level change in the experiences they create. The 36 spots of Cohort 9 have all filled up, but you can still take The Self-Paced Object-Oriented UX Masterclass.

Cohort 7 ended in November, so we are currently between cohorts, but you can still enroll in the Self-Paced Object-Oriented UX Masterclass. Start on the content today and simply upgrade to a Certification spot if and when you are ready! Stay tuned for Cohort 8 to kick off May 1, 2023!

The Certification Program is a rigorous, face-paced course designed and delivered by Sophia Prater. It's for UX designers, developers, and digital product people who are tackling complexity, wrangling stakeholders, and trying to make systems-level change in the experiences they create.

Cohort 10 starts
September 2, 2024
10 weeks,
1 catchup week.
~10 hours/wk commitment
$1,997 USD

Results you can expect


You’ll learn a philosophy and a methodology that will give you newfound confidence in your designs because you will have rigorous tools to break down complexity. Using a repeatable, straightforward, and structured process, you'll be able to create naturally intuitive user experiences that reflect the way that the human brain works. Basically, you’ll become a better designer.


You’ll also gain confidence in dealing with stakeholders, users, subject-matter experts, and clients—you’ll know you are asking the right questions, at the right time. You’ll involve them early, and you’ll know exactly what to do with them. Basically, you’ll become a better facilitator.


Get out of the business of doing surface-level UX work. You’ll gain the skills to take your design work deep into the business structure, the information layer, and the technical layer. You’ll solve systemic issues for your organization or clients. Basically, you’ll learn how to make lasting, impactful change.

And so—expect faster promotions, better interviews (rock those whiteboard challenges), brighter career opportunities—and most importantly, expect to have more fun at work.

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Trusted by professionals at...

Hello Fresh
Capital One
Canadian Broadcasting Company
Health Catalyst
National Health Service
Suntrust, Now Truist
Alzheimer's Society

What you'll get

Video Lectures

You'll get lifetime access to all the video lectures (22 hours+ total), starting at the beginning of your cohort. Over the course of 10 weeks, you'll get access to 2-3 hours of video lectures each week — except week 7, which is a catch-up week.

Lifetime access to the course materials

You'll have lifetime access to all the worksheets, challenges, assignments, practice problems, and lecture materials.

Lifetime access to the most up-to-date content

You'll have lifetime access to all the latest content, updates, and innovations in the world of OOUX.

15+ Course exercises and assignments

The OOUX Masterclass will challenge you with 15+ exercises and assignments as you follow the lecture series through the course.

Personalized feedback

In the Certification program, you'll get individual feedback on your work from Sophia and Certified OOUX Strategist Mentors.

Lifetime membership to the OOUX Forum

Yup. Lifetime access. The OOUX Forum is an active, intimate, and vibrant community. You'll connect with members from past cohorts, get access to the OOUX Job Board, and get answers to all of your questions. During the Cohort, you'll post your assignments to the Forum and Sophia or your mentor will review and provide feedback on each one.

Weekly Monday office hours

You'll be invited to ten 90-minute, weekly office hours! Office hours take place at 12pm EST (5pm GMT) on Mondays — starting on our kick-off day!

Two 1-on-1 calls with Sophia

You'll get two 20-minute coaching calls with Sophia. We’ll review all your stickiest questions about the course but can also discuss career growth and how to integrate OOUX into your work.

Three 1-on-1s with your Mentor

You'll be able to schedule three 1-on-1s with your mentor, a Certified OOUX Strategist training for their Advanced Certification. Mentors are paired with a small group of mentees and they are excited to help you out in the Forum and on private coaching calls.

A valuable professional certification

On completion of all the assignments and a passing grade on the final exam (yes, there’s a test), you’ll get your certificate in OOUX along with a profile on and lots of official bling to add to your Linkedin profile. More and more companies are looking for designers who can do this transformative type of work; you'll be featured front and center as an expert.

BONUS: Awesome growth opportunities for Certified OOUXers

Upon certification, you'll have opportunities to become a mentor within the Forum, a speaker at the OOUX Happy Hour Meetup,  and a facilitator at workshops run by Rewired UX.

What I've learned in the OOUX course will forever be in my toolbox as a UX consultant.
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Course outline

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  • Get up to speed on the philosophy of Object Oriented UX.
  • Learn to identify the four types of unintuitive objects.
  • Learn the four laws of OOUX.
  • Learn what makes Intuitive objects, and the psychology of why you want them for great UX.

ORCA Basics

  • Take a whirlwind tour of the ORCA Process, so you can look ahead to the next 8 weeks. Spoiler: ORCA stands for Objects, Relationships, Calls-to-Action, and Attributes. It's an iterative step-by-step process that will help you UX like a badass.
  • Using a simple three-object project, get your feet wet with the process at high-level, so you'll be prepared for the advanced concepts to come.

ORCA Round 1: Discovery Part 1

  • Forage for nouns to gather a short list of potential objects.
  • Learn to identify objects with SIP: structure, instances, and purpose.
  • Explore object instances to help define your objects.
  • Brainstorm high-level object lists.
  • Build a system model to map high-level relationships (and start to see your contextual navigation come to life).
  • Create the foundation of your object map with a nested-object matrix.

ORCA Round 1: Discovery Part 2

  • Define permission-based user roles.
  • Brainstorm each object's calls-to-action with a CTA Matrix.
  • Finish the first draft of your object map!

ORCA Round 2: Requirements Part 1

  • Create an Object Guide, fleshing out your object's purpose, ownership, inheritance, estimated instances, and more.
  • Explore advanced inheritance concepts like object bases and junction objects.
  • Add detail to your nested objects—elaborate on cardinality, mechanics, inheritance, and default sorts and filters.

ORCA Round 2: Requirements Part 2

  • Expand on your CTA Matrix, exploring the context of each CTA and articulating the user's motivation behind each bit of functionality.
  • Add attributes to your attributes (so meta!). Which fields are required? Who has permission to see which attributes? What is the source of each attribute?
  • Consider conditional logic based on an object's state to define object permutations.

Break Week

  • The advanced concepts we go over in weeks 5 and 6 are gritty. During this week we have a break to catch up and clarify some of the finer points of inheritance, privacy, and your objects' conditional logic.

ORCA Round 3: Prioritization

  • Create a launch strategy by prioritizing your objects, relationships, CTAs, and attributes.
  • Get ready for prototyping: define what attributes and CTAs need to show up on cards, what can wait for the detail views, and what can be behind progressive disclosure.
  • Learn about prioritization surveys—a straightforward method to bring users into the design process.

ORCA Round 4: Representation

  • Sketch with OOUX-style templates to wireframe cards, detail views, and list screens.
  • Learn how to turn your sketches into a clickable prototype, ready for user testing!
  • Learn about how to test from an OOUX perspective—making sure you have accurately represented your user's mental model to create a super-intuitive foundation for IXD!

OOUX and ORCA in the Real World

  • Learn how to prototype and test content with a Webflow CMS.
  • See a demo of Adalo, a no-code OOUX-based app creation tool.
  • Get a primer on teaching OOUX and running OOUX workshops with clients, users, and SMEs—IRL and virtually.
  • Get a tour of the ORCA calendar, a 4 week schedule for doing ORCA within your organization.
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What you'll do in this course

You’ll choose 1 of 3 example projects to work on for the duration of the course. Our example projects are designed to teach you the fundamentals of Object-Oriented UX and the ORCA Process without the added stress of work deadlines, stakeholder oversight, etc. If you want to apply what you are learning to a work or personal project while you are taking the course, you are free to do so, but keep in mind that work outside the normal coursework will be considered extracurricular to the OOUX Masterclass.

You will get instant access to all course materials at kickoff, however we follow a weekly course calendar, which you are free to either follow or work ahead on. Each Monday, a new week of the course begins and new concepts will be covered. You'll have until the following Monday to take in the content, work on and post your weekly assignment, and post your questions to the OOUX Forum. We do ask that you follow the weekly schedule when posting your completed assignments to the forum.

Every Monday, you'll participate in office hours at 12pm EST. This is the time to ask all of your questions so that you can refine your assignments over the remainder of the week.

Seem like too much for you right now?

Or maybe you don't want to wait for the next Cohort to start? No problem! You can take the Self-paced OOUX Masterclass now. And the best part is, if you want to get the certification later, the investment you make in the Self-paced OOUX Masterclass, can go toward your tuition for the Certification Cohort you join!

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FAQs and Important Fine Print

Is earning the certificate a given if I purchase the course?

Nope. We want to make sure this certification really means something. You'll need to complete all the weekly assignments (and post them in the forum) as well as pass the test at the end of the program to get certified.

What if I don't "pass?" 

Don’t worry. If you do the work, we will do the work to make sure you understand the material. Pay attention, complete your assignments, and you'll be fine. If you are really having trouble, you'll always be able to purchase an extra 45-minute session for $97. If you don't pass the test, you'll need to book that extra time and we will make a plan to get you certified. So far, 95% of people who have taken the test have passed. This includes several folks who are very new to UX.

What will I have to do to keep my certification current?

Your certification will last three years from the time of the last lecture. To renew and "level up" you'll need to re-certify by joining a future cohort of the program. You'll only ever have to pay 50% of the current cost of certification to re-certify. You'll come in with special senior status and your profile on will reflect your seniority as well.

What's the investment?

$1,997 USD gets you one premium spot. Less than the cost of a conference if you factor in airfare, hotel, and the restaurant bills. If you could take on more UX complexity with ease, turn stakeholders into putty in your hands, communicate with developers with confidence, and step into more strategic leadership roles—what would that be worth to you?

Is there a money-back guarantee?

YOU BET. We hope to give you a 100x return on your investment, which will pay dividends throughout your career. Honestly, we hope to completely super-power your career trajectory. But if you don't enjoy the course, we promise a full refund. You'll need to participate fully for the first three weeks: attending office hours and submitting your assignments. After three weeks, if you are not feeling it and you are disappointed with what you are getting out of this course, just let us know. We will only ask that you provide feedback to help us understand what was missing. Fair?

If within the first three weeks of the course, you decide the timing is not right, you also have the option to move to the next cohort for a $1,000 fee.

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