I recently took an "Introduction to UX Desgin" course offered by Georgia Tech on Coursera and it was interesting. My company paid the $49 for me to actually get the certificate (So I took the graded quizzes) - currently my employer is encouraging people to find affordable training to expand their own skills and I was looking at the CalArts UX Design and Graphic Design "specialization" courses that are a "set" of 4-5 courses - they say you can complete them in about 4 months and I thought about purchasing a year membership to Coursera to complete either one or both of them (the classes are included in that) :-O - A year is like $399 but I found a $100 off coupon, making it $299. That is a pretty cheap offering. Now, I do NOT expect these certs to take the place of a graduate certificate program or an actual degree in UX or Graphic Design or even an Associate degree program, but for someone like me that "designs" as part of my job everyday, they seem like a rather inexpensive way to get some further training in certain areas. My question is, how do people actually feel about these certificates? Are they really seen as added value to one's resume/CV or do they look like you were trying to avoid a "real program" of sorts? I had also looked at things like the NYIAD (New York Institute of Art and Design) graphic design or UX design course which is about $1400 and takes the better part of a year to complete. I already have a BA and a Master's degree, but most of the work I do everyday is graphics and animation - I often find myself wishing I had some grounding in these areas, but I'm not sure where the best value is not only in the program itself, but how it would be perceived on a resume / CV. Any thoughts?