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User Interface Design: Foundations

Pay-in-full online
from $899*(RRP $999)
From $19.21 per week

Get a high-level overview of User Interface (UI) Design and explore the key concepts and tools underpinning the process.

We’re launching a subscription model for all Foundation courses.

Academy Xi students now have the option to subscribe to our entire range of Foundation courses across all our portfolios for a monthly fee. Use this as a way to gain a wider digital skillset and give yourself an advantage as you compete for roles in the ever-changing employment landscape.

Our graduates are now the driving force behind some of Australia’s most innovative brands

Why choose this course?

No prerequisites or previous experience required

Launch your UI Design journey today, no matter what level of experience you have! Our beginner-friendly approach will help get you up to speed in no time.

Flexible and self-paced

With 6 months access, the speed at which you tackle online course content is up to you. Study at your own pace and fit learning into your busy lifestyle.

Created for Curious Beginners

Our Foundations courses help quench your curiosity by teaching the basics of UI Design. Easy, affordable, and perfect for independent learners.

What your curriculum looks like

Learn the basics of UI Design within 6 months. You’ll work through online course content at your own pace, and receive expert feedback at the end of the course.

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 6
  • Module 7
  • Module 8
  • Module 9
  • Module 10

Module 1

Recommended: 3 hours per module


Intro to User Interface Design
Familiarise yourself with the background, core concepts, terminology, and applications of UI Design. Learn about wireframes and prototypes, key UI software, moodboards, and go through the requirements of a client brief. You’ll also be introduced to your design challenges which will form the basis of your portfolio project.

Module 2

Recommended: 3 hours per module

Understand what good UI Design looks like thanks to visual hierarchy, grids and other key layout components.

  • Visual hierarchy, proximity, and repetition
  • Grids and alignment

Module 3

Recommended: 3 hours per module

Exploring colour
Uncover the secrets behind colour theory and learn how to pick the best colours to create designs that grab attention and generate emotion. Apply a colour palette to your project.

  • Colour theory
  • Choosing a colour palette
  • Applying colours to a project

Module 4

Recommended: 3 hours per module

Learn about typography and how to use one or more typefaces. Understand the importance and benefits of spacing, padding, margins, and discover how to work with uppercase, lowercase text, and text-heavy pages.

  • Introduction to typography
  • Applying typography to a project

Module 5

Recommended: 3 hours per module


Imagery and iconography
Discover the importance of imagery and iconography in UI Design, and how images are not only for aesthetics but can help users navigate a website or app more seamlessly.

Module 6

Recommended: 3 hours per module

Standard UI conventions
Identify how certain web conventions such as contrast, alignment, and other aspects influence how users experience the design. Understand the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements and how to design for inclusion. Explore how to take your design across multiple platforms such as desktop and mobile.

  • Web conventions
  • Call to action and buttons
  • Accessibility and UI Design
  • Responsive design

Module 7

Recommended: 3 hours per module

Understand what typical brand guidelines consist of and how to follow a brand or content style guide.

  • Applying existing brand guidelines
  • Creating pattern libraries
  • Creating a style guide

Module 8

Recommended: 3 hours per module


UI portfolio
Find out how to create your UI Design portfolio and showcase your work and process in a beautiful and convincing way.

Module 9

Recommended: 3 hours per module


Interpret your client’s feedback and learn how to improve your design solution based on it.

Module 10

Recommended: 3 hours per module

The future of UI Design
Explore the exciting future and possibilities of UI Design and work on finalising your portfolio project.

  • Interaction design
  • The future of UI Design
  • Professional tips
  • Preparing your portfolio
  • What’s your next step?


Need more details about our User Interface Design: Foundations course?

Our course guides contain everything you need to know about our UX/UI Design courses, including…

Prepare your final portfolio for feedback

At the end of your Foundations course, an industry expert will review your portfolio and provide structured feedback on what you have done well and ways you can improve.

Why study UI Design at Academy Xi?

Fees & payment options

We offer a range of flexible payment options so you can achieve your goals today, and pay at your own pace.

No deposit

Study Now, Pay Later

Choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments over a repayment term of up to 6 months, with no deposit and 100% interest-free.

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From $55 /week

No deposit

Study Now, Pay Later

Choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments over a repayment term of up to 12 months, with no deposit and 100% interest-free

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Pay upfront

Pay for your course upfront to receive a discount on the full amount, and be eligible for any additional special offers.

Total cost of course




Student success stories

Our students come from different walks of life and have supercharged their careers, landing coveted jobs in the Design, Tech, and Marketing fields.

From Media Buyer to Experience Designer

Berlin Liew

Being introduced to UX design was a defining moment for Berlin; one that changed her career path and set her on a journey of self discovery. Berlin spoke with us about her experience studying UX Design and her ongoing passion for mentoring.

Berlin Liew, abc

From HR to Entrepreneur

Julie Dal Santo

After working for years in Human Resources, Julie was looking for something new to study to reclaim her ‘professional mojo’. Little did Julie know at the time, but training in User Experience Design was going to lead to her leaving her profession and starting up her own successful enterprise.

Julie Dal Santo, abc

From Cook to UX/UI Designer

Sanjay Jaya

Ten minutes after his interview, Jay got an offer: a dream job that’s a product of his learning experience, hard work, self-belief, and a little help from our career support team. Read about Jay’s professional journey and how he navigated his career path in a new industry and a new country.

Sanjay Jaya, abc

Some frequently asked questions

An interface refers to the screen that the customer sees on any digital device, the ‘front end’ that they engage with. User Interface Design is the human-centred process that is taken to create the aesthetic experience of a digital product. This includes all of the design elements a user will see on screen: fonts, colour schemes, animations, imagery and buttons.

In this course you’ll experience flexible and self-paced learning, where students cover course content independently and browse material on our engaging learning platform. You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • Readings
  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Hands-on activities and practical project work

From a Design Thinking perspective, User Experience comes first. While there is a crossover between UX and UI, UX is harder to learn. However, if you’ve got UX training and experience on your side, it will make your UI design stronger and more intuitive for the individual.
At Academy Xi we offer industry-approved training that covers both UX and UI Design, enabling you to graduate job ready after either 12 weeks full time or 24 weeks part-time training.

Our online courses come in three formats. No matter your learning preferences, work or life commitments, or support levels you require – we’ve got you covered.

To choose the right course format, pick your desired career outcomes:

  • Are you studying to transform your career? Our TRANSFORM courses will equip you with the latest industry skills and have you graduating job-ready, with an included Career Support Program.
  • Do you want to complement your existing skillset? Our ELEVATE courses will expand your expertise in a social and supported environment.
  • Do you just want to learn the fundamentals? Quench your curiosity, at your own pace with our FOUNDATIONS courses.

We offer 10% off when you pay upfront for all Foundations courses. Contact one of our course advisors to discuss payment options or check if there are any other available discounts or promotions.

Have questions? We’re here to listen.

…and any other concerns!

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