Have a brother entering sr year in college as product/industrial design. He wants to go for UX design (not necessarily UI design) and taking ux design class this fall. The school only offers one semester ux design.
What are some desirable/critical skills to enter the UX design world? If coding is a must/highly desirable, what language over others?
Coding is completely overrated given the conflict that engineer driven designs create. Empathy is all he needs. A basic self education course in CSS/etc would go a long away.
I suggest getting a UX certificate from an industry authority like Nielsen Norman Group or General Assembly, and then just gobble up as many little projects as possible so he can build his portfolio.