Complement your existing professional expertise and boost your career with in-demand skills in User Experience Design (UX), User Interface Design (UI), Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design processes.
The demand for UX UI Designers is booming across all industries, with an expected market growth of 18.9% by 2024. This online course will equip you with a toolkit of UX Design approaches and develop your ability to apply core UI Design concepts, enabling you to craft useful, usable, and slick digital products.
- Combined UX and UI Design for increased employability
- Approximately 60-80 hours of learning with 6 months’ access
- Premium UX UI material built in-house by experts
The best way to learn is by doing:
- Get practical experience that you can immediately use in your job
- Complete a range of activities throughout the course
- Create a compelling set of UX UI Design artefacts
- Build your UX portfolio with a personal project
Study at your own pace:
- Have the freedom to plan and build your development around life’s other commitments
- With no classes or set deadlines, this course is perfect if you are juggling study with a full-time job
- Complete the course on a schedule that’s convenient for you – within a few weeks, or over the full six months
Expert guidance and support:
- Though you’ll go through the course at your own pace, you’ll never be alone
- Book up to twelve 1:1 sessions with your Course Expert and discuss course material, get feedback and consult over project decisions
- Get support from a Study Coach who will help you plan your progress, keep motivated and answer any study-related questions
Easy-to-use online learning platform:
- Access course content through our easy to use online learning platform, powered by NovoEd
- It makes learning interactive and engaging, with content designed to read like a story for a seamless experience
- Your online campus also makes it possible to connect with, and learn from, other students who may be studying the course
Earn trusted and recognised credentials:
- Get a Certificate of Completion to validate your competencies and skills in UX UI Design
- Add an industry-trusted digital credential to your LinkedIn profile
You’ll have 6 months access to all course materials, enabling you to study at your own pace and fit your development around your busy lifestyle. Complete the course in a few weeks, or over the full 6 months – it’s up to you.
The course content takes approximately 60-80 hours. This timeframe includes working through the learning materials, tackling the course activities, finishing your assessments, creating your final project and communicating with your Course Expert.
What you'll learn
Get an introduction to core design concepts and frameworks, and learn how well thought-out UX and UI design principles can delight your users.
- Introduction to UX
- Designing for user satisfaction and delight
- Human-centred design principles
- The Double Diamond framework for UX
- UX Software – FIGMA, sketch and more
- UX case study and assets
- Create your own visual representation of the UX design process
- Choose your project design challenge
Get introduced to the Discovery phase of the Double Diamond and the types of UX research it comprises. Prepare a research plan for your project.
- Research problem statements
- Considering the business and the customer
- Types of research: quantitative vs qualitative, formative vs summative
- Research techniques: Interviews, surveys, Heuristic evaluation, Contextual inquiry and Fly on the wall
- Competitor and data analysis
- Complete a project canvas for your design challenge
- Create your problem statement
- Build a research plan and conduct research
Collate your research data, prepare research artefacts and extract insights to define the problem space. Put the user at the centre of the design process and represent their needs using maps and profiles.
- Introduction to synthesis
- Affinity and empathy mapping
- Personas and customer journey mapping
- Create an Affinity Map and Empathy Map
- Develop a Persona
- Develop a Customer Journey Map (optional)
Define your design problem as an opportunity using a How Might We question. Learn about design principles which will help you ascend the next diamond and diverge into ideation.
- From defining to development
- Design principles
- “How Might We” questions
- Explore Adobe XD
- Develop a “How Might We?” question
Move from definition to development through ideationto arrive at a proposed solution – our Minimum Viable Product or MVP.
- Developing solutions through ideation
- Brainstorming and brainwriting
- Crazy 8s and Storyboards
- Minimum Viable Product in a UX context
- Conducting a brainstorm for your “How Might We?” question
- Complete a Crazy 8s activity
- Develop a storyboard
- Map your ideas into an MVP matrix
Start creating functional structures for your interface through a set of practical activities. Having reached the top point of the second Diamond, you can now converge on your deliverable, beginning with a low-fi wireframe.
- Information architecture (IA)
- From MVP to IA
- Card sorting
- User Flows and Interaction Design
- Intuitive User Interface (UI)
- Low-fidelity prototyping: Wireframes
- Complete a card sorting activity
- Design user flows
- Create a wireframe to express your structures and flows
The next 3 modules focus on designing the User Interface. Consider your hierarchy and conventions as you begin to build a high-fidelity prototype.
- Expanding in your wireframe with sketching
- Layouts and visual hierarchy
- Web conventions (iconography, footers, links)
- UI Analysis
- Sketch your UI (*optional)
- Start building your digital prototype
- Analyse a website
Learn about the elements of user interface design, both visual and content, as you work on your prototype.
- Applying style features to wireframes
- Typography, colour, imagery and iconography
- Content and UX copywriting
- Layouts using grids
- Develop a colour palette
- Continue to build on your digital prototype
Learn about inclusive and responsive design principles, as well as some of the overriding considerations UX designers must factor into their work.
- Inclusive & accessible design principles
- Accessible design framework
- Responsive & persuasive design
- Good & bad UI design
- Continue building your hi-fi digital prototype
- Find and upload examples of good and bad UI design
Put your prototype to test, collect user feedback and refine your concept based on the feedback you receive.
- Delivering prototypes
- Preparing for & conducting usability testing
- Plan and conduct user testing
- Refine your prototype based on the feedback you receive
- Complete and submit your final project presentation via video recording
Who this course is for
There are no prerequisites for this course. It is ideal for:
- Anyone looking for a flexible, self-paced professional development course in UX and UI design
- Design professionals wishing to specialise or upskill in UX and UI to boost career prospects, explore a new role or land a promotion
- A range of learners seeking to introduce UX and UI to their professional practice
- Anyone looking for a practical online course where they can develop a personal project, in line with industry standards
Earn a digital credential
We partner with Credly to deliver digital credentials for our graduates. Digital credentials are a graphical representation of your skills, combined with a description of the knowledge and activities it took to earn them.
Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
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Academy Xi scored 5 out of 5, as rated by our students.
“the best course I’ve ever done”
The UX course was amazing and was the best course I’ve ever done. Our instructor was extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Academy Xi’s diverse environment allowed us to flourish while working with real-life clients.
“I felt connected to Academy Xi’s vision”
I felt connected to Academy Xi’s vision and liked the small class approach. The instructor always thought for a student’s perspective and needs. If you like problem-solving and making a difference, UX is a good direction to take.