Professional Diploma in UX Design

Self Study + Live Online LearningNext Course Starts Nov 18thfrom €3,500

Build a successful career in UX with this interactive online UX Design course, delivered in partnership with the UX Design Institute. 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.

Learn from your lecturer and classmates, and grow your professional network. The average UX Designer salary in Ireland is €43,000. Take your next step today!

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted qualification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible live online learning

Course Information for UX Design


Secure your place with a 10% deposit and pay the rest in instalments. Flexible payment options available.

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Starts 18 Nov - Ends 21 Apr 2022


Course Type

Self Study + Live online lectures with an industry expert


130 hours: One 2 hour lecture per week + self-paced learning


Thursdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

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Professional Diploma in UX Design learning outcomes and course content

Gain a thorough and practical understanding of the principles and methodologies that are crucial to good user experience design. Learn the job-ready skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

What will I learn about UX Design?


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.


UX Design Course Modules:

Introduction To UX Design

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.

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

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.

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  • 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
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User Goals

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.

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  • Triangulation
  • Affinity diagrams
  • Customer journey map
  • Personas
  • Customer value curve
  • Empathy map
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Structure & Navigation

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Prototyping & Wireframing

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

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  • Choosing the right prototype
  • Choosing the fidelity
  • Paper prototyping
  • Sketching
  • Wireframing and wireframing tools
  • Testing prototypes
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Have questions about this Professional Diploma in UX Design?

Find out how this industry-focused course will give you the job-ready skills and knowledge to advance your career.

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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 qualification 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 Diploma?

A Professional Diploma is a relatively short, practical course that gives learners up-to-date skills in a professional area. They are suitable for learners wishing to advance their professional skills and career prospects rather than their academic credentials.

Learners who undertake the Professional Diploma in UX Design will complete several projects, aimed at developing their UX Design skills and building their portfolios. Upon successful completion of the course learners will also be awarded a Professional Diploma in UX Design, awarded by UCD Professional Academy.

This programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

How do I get my 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?

You can secure your place with a deposit of 10% and pay the rest in instalments. Learners undertaking the programme may avail of payment structure as follows:

- 50% of the fee payable upfront.

- 50% of the fee payable paid in 2 instalments spread across 2 months (from the course start date).

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Professional Diploma in UX Design

Design products that respond to people’s needs in an intuitive way. Learn to apply critical thinking and solve design problems.

Course Price

€3,500 Enrol Now

Secure your place with a 10% deposit and pay the rest in instalments.