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UX Design Foundations: all you need to know

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Considering a future in UX? Our fantastic new online UX Design Foundations course is aimed at anyone looking to learn the fundamentals from the industry’s key players. 

Parsons faculty, together with Creative Bloq and our carefully selected team of design experts, have come together to provide a comprehensive course covering the critical stages of the UX journey. Lessons range from usability research methods, design concepting, and wireframing, to the latest technologies shaping the future of modern user interface design.  

UX is a flourishing industry that many people from all over the world are eager to get a start in, so we’ve made the UX Design Foundations course fully remote for flexible learning. The main advantage of an online UX course is that it can be made available to everyone, no matter where they are in the world. You can learn at your own pace and in your own style.

Of course, if you're approaching the idea of doing a UX course online for the first time, you probably have a few questions about how it all works. We've put together this introductory article to give you a brief guide on what to expect, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

Who is UX Design Foundations aimed at?

This course has been designed for people of all ages and at various stages of their careers, whether it’s your first steps into UX design, or a career switch into UX specifically. We’ve called on industry experts across the field to share their expertise and experience.  

What’s the UX Design Foundation course structure?

The course consists of five modules on everything from planning, testing and feedback to new frontiers in UX and UI design. There are short videos and articles for you to learn from, with insight from some of the world’s most renowned companies including Uber, Google and Spotify, as well as skilled typographers, 3D artists and interface designers. All our experts are revered within the industry, working behind the scenes to bring us some of the best online experiences available. 

You'll read articles and watch videos, and then do short quizzes to test your knowledge.

For the full course brochure click here. In the meantime, here's a quick run-through of the course content that students will tackle across 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 this course is the expertise we’ve got to hand. From Abigail Posner, Brand Director of the Brand Unit at Google, to Daphne Lin and Hui Yuan, both product designers at Spotify – these are just a few of the brilliant contributors behind some of the world’s most influential brands featuring on the course. 

Plus, you will hear from the educational masterminds at Parsons School of Design on the step by step processes, and Creative Bloq’s own contributing UX experts, to ensure a varied and robust foundation course. 

Where is the course held? 

Conveniently, the course is fully remote and online in order to work around busy schedules and to allow people access to experts regardless of their location. 

How long is the course? 

Each of the course's five modules is roughly 3-5 hours in length, and is broken up into shorter lessons that can be tackled at a student's own preferred 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 do I get? 

Each student who completes the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from Parsons School of Design. 

A Certificate of Completion from Parsons is an ideal way to make yourself 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 this 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 exchange rate at the time). Payment can be made using most major cards.

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

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Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He's in charge of getting our product reviews up onto the website and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to office supplies. A writer, translator, he also works as a project manager at a design and branding agency based in London and Buenos Aires.

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