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User Interface Design: Foundations

Learn the basics of UI Design with full flexibility, hands-on practice and a unique personal project.

Course overview

What you’ll learn in this course

You’ll have 6 months access to all online course materials, enabling you to study at your own pace and fit your development around your busy lifestyle.

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.

Understand what good UI Design looks like thanks to visual hierarchy, grids and other key layout components. Here, you’ll learn about:

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Demonstrate your UX Design knowledge and capability in a mentor-reviewed personal portfolio project.

Explore the exciting future and possibilities of UI Design and work on finalising your portfolio project. You’ll cover:
Interaction design

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

Why study UI Design at Academy Xi?

Frequently asked questions on UI Design

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.

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