Overview

User Experience Design has become increasingly recognised by employers and businesses as an important, strategic role in the delivery of successful digital products.

In our one-week focused course, UXD:Accelerate, your learning experience will be intensive and focused. Take a deep dive into User Experience Design and learn the important skills and techniques required to create meaningful digital experiences.

Guided by highly experienced and well regarded industry experts, you’ll bring a problem you want to solve and we’ll guide you through the process to help you breathe life into it.

Our approach is intense and applied; each day you will walk away with a new technique to practice and implement. Take your career up a notch and start implementing User Experience Design in your workplace.

This course is for

There are no pre-requisites for this accelerated version of our part time or full time UX courses. This program is for anyone interested in breaking into the ever-growing field of User Experience Design and is popular with professionals working in design, tech and adjacent disciplines:

  • Visual, Digital or Graphic Design
  • Project Management, Product Management, Production
  • Art or Creative Direction
  • Development
  • Marketing, Advertising and Copywriting
  • Research and Psychology
  • QA Testing
  • Communications Design
  • Startups
What you'll learn
  • Introduction and warm-up

    In this accelerated Design Thinking workshop, you’ll experience how to plan, run and facilitate a team or stakeholder workshop. This is high energy and high participation; use this technique with your clients to see how your vision grows infinitely better.

  • Discovery: research

    We will guide you with some common and industry expected research tools and techniques used to understand who you’re designing for and why you’re designing for them.

    With hypotheses, insights and facts, you’re going to confidently answer the question “what problem am I solving?”

  • Discovery: analysis

    Lear rapid exercises in piecing together your insights and findings to create the centrepiece of who you’re designing for: your Personas. Taking these further, we’ll teach you how to generate feature ideas really quickly. You’ll then turn these features, no matter how outlandish, into a rudimentary project plan.

  • The Big Picture

    Know yourself and know your audience. These are fundamental to creating successful products that solve problems in a meaningful way. We guide you through a visioning and success process and have you apply that to making your users successful in the process.

  • The Agile Way: Concept and Design

    We look at what’s happening in the rapidly changing world of digital. From desktop to mobile, you will learn the fundamental best practices for navigation, search, imagery, content as well get some insights as to what’s on trend.

    Enter design springs. Waterfall delivery is over. Although still widely used, this mode of delivery is fast being replaced with design sprints in modern product development.

    Enter Agile (or Design Sprints).

    Understanding the bigger picture and the project objectives, our goal is to get your correct product out to the market as quickly as possible. The concept of Kaizen ensures that we create excellence and dismiss the neurotic pursuit of perfection, creating a product that is right for right now.

  • Feedback and validation

    Using widely used testing techniques, you will learn how to plan for a testing session, create scenarios and tasks, note-take and observe. You’ll then translate your learnings into a refined UX Design and prototype.

  • Prototyping and communication

    Implement what you’ve learned. “I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” This great quote by Clarissa Harlowe Barton sums up your responsibility as a UX Designer. Every design problem is solved better with the help of the people who’ll be using your product.

  • Pitching to stakeholders

    You pitch.

    We wrap up your User Experience Design training and all revel in the beauty of your thinking: your final project. This is your chance to pitch your ideas for final feedback.

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Career outcomes

By the end of this one week course, you will have learned the following important skills:

  • Plan, design and facilitate an Accelerated Design Thinking workshop
  • Understand and practice industry-ready research techniques and analyse your research
  • Create a compelling set of Personas
  • Create a Customer Journey map
  • Understand Service Design
  • Develop a powerful Vision statement
  • Learn about Design Sprints and how to release an MVP
  • Develop a set of wireframes and create a working prototype
  • Conduct usability testing sessions on a working prototype
  • Pitch a UX concept
Past students

Dennii Lee Stanbridge

User Experience Designer

Academy Xi gave me the training I wanted; the discomfort zone I needed, and a family I never expected! I wouldn’t be where I am without the Academy Xi tribe putting me in the firing line of opportunities I may not have dared for myself.

Be prepared to work very very hard. Accept and push through the moments of uncertainty, doubt and overwhelm. Give yourself plenty of room to do things once, twice, three times over. Surrender to and trust the process. Ditch perfectionism, it will only hold you back. And at the end of 10 weeks, you may just surprise yourself 🙂

Jodie Huang

Design Student

Throughout the course, we covered a lot of content that was both intriguing and challenging to my preconceived ideas about UX design. The instructor made me think outside the box, and also taught us that as UX designers, we are an advocate for the everyday user.

Academy Xi has provided me with a great learning experience and valuable knowledge that can be applied to many aspects of life. I also made some great friends to help me along in my UX design journey.

Kate Skinner

UX, Digital & Print Design

Academy Xi is a new and evolving space. The User Experience Design course was very inspiring, it was a meeting of my interest in understanding people and design.

There’s a lot of design roles out there that demand hybrid skills now, UX is an avenue that can help designers up skill. In class i learnt principles that are explored even within the biggest companies.

Xi makes for a very good learning environment.

Andres Student

Andres Fabian

Senior Digital Art Director

I would definitely recommend Academy Xi! It’s the best way to immerse yourselves in the world of User Experience regardless of what your current role is. You’ll get to learn with a group of cool folks from all walks of life and learn from some of the smartest and most inspiring mentors you’ll ever have. The small number of the class makes an intimate and rewarding experience. The curriculum highly focuses on UX and doesn’t try to be anything more than that – which I found refreshing.

Having your assumptions and gut feelings confirmed with hard facts was a complete game changer for me. Also, understanding that I’m not always right and that even though user testing may seem like we’re testing humans – we’re testing our systems. No egos just pure empathy. I love this about Xi’s approach, not just towards UX but to teaching in general.

I feel I’ve made long lasting friendships in a short amount of time. I learnt that no matter how old I am I can still surprise myself and achieve work I can be proud of. Also, that passion will drive you to greatness.

Student Jessica Tong

Jessica Tong

Digital Designer at Webcoda

The UX course was a great insight into the different processes and tools. There was alot of content covered in the course in a short amount of time, but applying it to a project was helpful in understanding it. MC and Charbel are great instructors who were generous with their time and able to pull from their experiences to explain specific processes. The other students who did the course were super cool and that made a huge difference.

Student Juan Profile

Juan Manuel Molleví

Creative Director

The velocity course is a great way to get the user-centered design process in one practical, condensed workshop. It is current information that can be used immediately in projects. The opportunity to practice during the class is extremely helpful to solidify some of the principles and techniques and be able to use them again. I’m leaving the class feeling fully equipped to bring great processes to projects and teams, and ultimately deliver usable, desirable, and exceptional user experiences.

Student Josh Denford

Josh Denford

Designer at The White Agency

Learning User Experience Design at Academy Xi has been a real pleasure. The instructors approach to teaching UX is informative and enjoyable. I really liked their step-by-step approach to UX.

Each week you take away a skill learnt and practise it at home – starting from early research and problem solving all the way to wireframes. Apart from improving my understanding of UX, I had excellent opportunities to improve my presentation skills that I can use later when presenting work to fellow colleagues and clients. Never did I feel I was falling behind in the course and the instructors were available to talk throughout the week, even outside class time.

I would highly recommend Academy Xi to anyone wishing to extend their design thinking or pursue a different career.

Benjamin Chen

Former Art Director now UX Designer at Tigerspike

I think what made me decide so instantly was because I like the small class approach, I feel connected to Academy Xi’s vision, and most importantly, I strongly feel this is the right time and right place to learn. As an institution that is teaching User Experience, Academy Xi has shown proven themselves as a school that always thinks from their student’s perspectives and understand their needs.

It’s a good opportunity to train your brain both logically and creatively. If you like problem solving and making a difference to your users and to the world, this is a good direction for you to take.

Student Craig Stanford

Craig Stanford

Senior UX/UI Designer at Qantas

The instructors did an excellent job of explaining the vast array of content and information in the course.

Their casual and friendly teaching style paired with their dedication and support was amazing and helped to make this the most enjoyable course I have ever taken.

Well done guys and thank you!

Teachers

Sunil Bhandari

Founder | Lumas Design

I love solving human problems through collaboration. For over 15 years I have been helping people deliver value to their customers and staff, through better digital and non-digital experiences.

Drawing on my skills in Design Thinking, lean UX and traditional business consulting environments, I facilitate co-creating solutions based on real needs, that are useful, usable and desirable.

My clients include start-ups, and corporates, from the banking and finance, health, education, energy, government, telecommunications and service industry sectors.

I have worked in government, digital agency, UX agency and also pro-bono for two not-for-profits.

Next course dates and fees
5 Days, accelerated | Monday to Friday
09/10/2017 to 13/10/2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
$3500 AUD
Location

Level 3,
45 Exhibition Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000