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Professional Academy Diploma in UX Design

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Build a successful career in UX with this interactive online UX Design course. Through interactive live online classes with our industry experts, you will learn to think like a UX designer and bring the user-centred mindset to your design projects.

Complete a number of UX Design projects with feedback from your mentor, which will give you hands on experience with the key stages of the UX Design process - researching, designing, and prototyping. You can add these projects to your portfolio.

€60,000 / Annual

UX Designer Salary in Ireland

The average UX Designer salary in Ireland is €60,000 per year. Entry level positions start at €45,000 per year while more experienced designers make up to €70,000 per year.

Salary data source: indeed.com, 11th January 2023


Salary data source: indeed.com, 11th January 2023

UX Design Course Modules

Developed in partnership with the UX Design Institute, this course is structured like the lifecycle of a UX project. Learn to think like a UX designer and bring together this unique blend of psychology, technology, and design. As well as a profound understanding of the domain, you will develop a portfolio to showcase your talent. Over 20 weeks, you will take part in live online sessions, as well as complete a number of practical projects.

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1. Introduction To UX Design

Understand user-centred design and the mindset required to create high-quality software products. You’ll develop a clear understanding of the user experience design process and how it unfolds.

  • Product integrity and desirability
  • UX and agile process
  • UX and UI design
  • Prototyping
  • Goals, behaviours, and context
  • Paradox of specificity

2. User Research

Understand the importance of research as the key ingredient underpinning UX design. Good research methodology is vital in understanding the problems that design is attempting to solve for users.

  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Observational vs. attitudinal
  • Phrasing questions and research bias
  • Usability testing and A/B testing
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Heuristics and heuristic rating scheme

3. User Goals

Understand the need to analyse the research data gathered. By analysing this data, you can clearly articulate the problems that you are solving for the end-user of your product.

  • Triangulation
  • Affinity diagrams
  • Customer journey map
  • Personas
  • Customer value curve
  • Empathy map

4. Structure & Navigation

Learn how to design a coherent software product based on clear structure and navigation. You’ll understand the meaning of information architecture and how to define one.

  • Information architecture
  • Flow and flow diagrams
  • Screen states
  • Navigation
  • Global and local navigation
  • Horizontal and vertical navigation

5. Interactions

Learn how to design effective software screens and interactions, starting with components of an interaction and how these components - such as control rules and feedback - facilitate an interaction.

  • Interactions and micro-interactions
  • Anatomy of an interaction
  • Controls and rules
  • Feedback
  • Wireframes
  • Sketching

6. Design Principles

Harness the power of design principles when designing software products. Understand that design principles are proven solutions to common problems across many different design principles including advertising, architecture, and software design.

  • Affordance
  • Conventions
  • Feedback, constraints, and forgiveness
  • Hick’s Law
  • Fitt’s Law
  • Progressive disclosure

7. Design Patterns

Use design patterns to enhance the quality of your software designs. Learn how design patterns techniques allow you to bring design principles to life in software interfaces.

  • Chunking, alignment, and visual hierarchy
  • Call-to-action
  • Progress indicators
  • Pattern libraries
  • Help
  • Error handling

8. Mobile

Discover how to design effective mobile applications. Learn the different design considerations for designing desktop versus mobile products. Understand the key differences between responsive websites, mobile websites, and native applications.

  • Responsive and mobile websites
  • App frameworks and types
  • Navigation and navigation patterns
  • Input types
  • Content vs. navigation
  • Notifications

9. Workflows

Learn to define effective workflows, which allow users to complete common tasks. Learn to design effective registration and onboarding workflows which allow users to access products in a smooth fashion.

  • Registration and onboarding
  • Sign-in processes
  • Complex forms
  • Minimising workload on forms
  • Payment and payment flows
  • Microtasks (or modes)

10. Prototyping & Wireframing

Learn to build prototypes and compile wireframe documentation - understand the different types of prototypes and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

  • Choosing the right prototype
  • Choosing the fidelity
  • Paper prototyping
  • Sketching
  • Wireframing and wireframing tools
  • Testing prototypes

Access to thousands of journals, articles and papers. Free of charge.

Students taking part in this course will now have access to the EBSCO Online Library, free of charge, for the full duration of the course. Here you can browse thousands of relevant journals, articles and other reliable academic and commercial texts like the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes Magazine, to supplement your learning and assignments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

This course has been developed to help students kickstart a career in UX Design. It is delivered in partnership with the UX Design Institute and course content has been developed with input from the world’s leading tech companies. This certification is a valuable addition to your CV, whether you are completely new to UX, have previous design experience, or have already started working in UX. A recent NN/g study showed that UX Designers report an 85% median job satisfaction level.

How will this course help with my career?

This course is designed to give you job-ready skills as well as supporting the creation of an all-important portfolio that will show employers you have the hands-on experience to deliver successful projects. In the world of UX, your portfolio is your CV, so the focus will be on ensuring yours gives you the best chance of progressing into a UX role. The mentoring component of the course will include focused training on skills related to career-building within the UX industry.

What is the online learning experience like?

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection. Lectures are provided live, online and additional video sessions are provided for reference. There are a total of 16 projects designed to give you hands-on experience in all the key aspects of UX. Each project is part of a single case study - researching, designing, and prototyping a website or a mobile app for a new airline.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

The UX Design course presents a number of projects, and provides lots of support to help you complete them. You will build your confidence in UX methods and practices by completing each project. Your overall final grade is based on project work.

There is no final exam.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Certifications & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a UCD Professional Academy Diploma, which will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link you can share with those wishing to verify your credentials.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our courses can be secured with a 35% deposit.

Learners undertaking this course may avail of the payment structure as follows:

  • 35% deposit to secure your place,

  • 65% payable in 2 instalments:

  • 35% - due within 30 days, and

  • 30% - due within 60 days from the course start date.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

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