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UX Design Foundations: our essential online UX design course

UX design is a burgeoning field and our fully online UX Design Foundations course is the ideal start for anyone considering making it their career. The on-demand course covers all of the critical stages of the UX journey and is delivered by key designers from companies including Google, Spotify and Uber. Alongside Parsons School of Design, Creative Bloq has put together a carefully curated team of UX experts who will take you through all of the fundamentals.

UX Design Foundations includes lessons on all of the vital concepts in UX design today, from user research methods to usability testing, design concepting, and wireframing, to the latest technologies shaping the future of user interface design.  

The UX design industry continues to expand, generating career opportunities all over the world. We recognise that it can be difficult to find the time to study for a chance to advance in the area, so we've designed our UX design course to be convenient and flexible enough to allow you to learn the skills you need wherever you are. 

Our UX Design Foundations course (opens in new tab) is fully remote and open to everyone, so you can learn at your own pace and in your own style. Read on for more details on what you can expect from the course.

Who is UX Design Foundations aimed at?

Our online UX design course has been devised for students of all ages and at different stages in their careers. It's equally suitable for anyone seeking to dip their toes into UX design to learn if the field could be for them and for people with experience in other fields who are looking to switch careers or simply gain a solid understanding of UX design to add to their existing knowledge and skills. The course features lessons delivered by industry experts from across the field, who share their expertise and experience.

How is the UX Design Foundations course structured?

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The fully online UX design course comprises five modules on everything from planning, testing and feedback to new frontiers in UX and UI design. You will learn from short videos and articles with insight from experts working at some of the world’s most renowned companies, including Uber, Google and Spotify, as well as skilled typographers, 3D artists and interface designers. You'll then answer short quizzes to test your new knowledge.

All our experts are highly revered in the industry, and their unique experiences provide behind-the-scenes knowledge and insights. For full details about each module and more about the course, see the UX Design Foundations course brochure (opens in new tab). But here's a brief summary of the content you'll tackle in the five modules:

Module 1 – Foundations of UX

Here's where students get to grips with the very fundamentals of UX. Lessons cover how to understand your users, how to ascertain what they want, what they need, what they like and what they don't. This module also covers the differences between UX and UI. 

Module 2 – Project Planning and Behaviours

This module deals with balancing expectations and outcome. Students will learn how to use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess what an end user wants – and then how to plan a project to make it happen within time, budgetary and resource constraints.

Module 3 – Designing for the User

Once you're chock-full of insights on your user and their behaviours, it's time to design for them. This module is all about applying everything students have learned about a user, and channelling it into an empathic design that's centred around them.

Module 4 – Visual Design, Testing & Feedback

The visual element is hugely important in UX, and this module will help students get to grips with how lines, colours, images, shapes, text and more can enhance UX design. What are the key visual elements of successful products, and what can be learned from them?

Module 5 – New Territories in UX

The future of UX design is tremendously exciting, with multi-sensory interaction, automation and predictive AI all being explored. This module helps students explore the absolute cutting edge of UX design, and provides a grounding in what the next few years could hold.

Who will I learn from on UX Design Foundations?  

One of the most exciting things about our online UX design course is the expertise we’ve got to hand. You'll learn from stellar contributors who work with some of the world’s most influential brands, including Abigail Posner, brand director at the Brand Unit at Google, as well as Daphne Lin and Hui Yuan, both product designers at Spotify. 

We also have Prakarn Nisarat, senior interaction designer at Google, Agnes Pyrchla from Planet, Jacquelyn Iyamah from Uber and Daniel Holtzman from Frog Design. Plus, you'll hear from the educational masterminds at Parsons School of Design on the step by step processes and Creative Bloq’s own contributing UX experts, ensuring a varied and robust foundation UX design course. You can find more details on who you will learn from in the guide to our UX Design Foundations course contributors (opens in new tab)

Where is UX Design Foundations held? 

Our UX design course is fully remote and online, allowing you to study when and where it suits you. The course provides the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned experts no matter your schedule or your location.

How long is the UX Design Foundations course? 

Each of the online UX design course's five modules is roughly 3-5 hours in length. They are each broken up into shorter lessons that can be tackled at your own pace. Students who work on the course full-time can complete it in a matter of weeks, while those who are juggling the course with a job or other responsibilities are free to take up to a year to work their way through the modules.

What certification will I get? 

Every student who completes the online UX design course will receive a Certificate of Completion from Parsons School of Design. 

A Certificate of Completion from Parsons is a great way to stand out in the increasingly competitive UX job market. It communicates to prospective employers that the holder has a thorough grounding in the basics of UX, that they understand how UX works in a modern business context, and that they have the tools and skills needed to hit the ground running in a UX role. 

How do I sign up to UX Design Foundations?  

We’re sure the course will teach you the foundations you need to start building a career in UX, and we look forward to seeing you in the online classroom. The entire five-module programme, including related activities and a Parsons (The New School) Certificate of Completion costs just $999. There are payment plans available, with instalments starting as low as $99/month (pricing in other currencies will depend on the current exchange rate). Payment can be made with most major cards.

The course is hosted by our educational partner Yellowbrick. Sign up at yellowbrick.co/ux (opens in new tab) and begin your UX journey today!

Win a place on the course! 

You could win a place on our UX Design Foundations course and help us to fine-tune this and future courses by completing a simple 2-minute survey (opens in new tab). Those who complete the survey may be invited to take part in a virtual focus group, and those that do will qualify for free access to the course for a year. 

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